Owatonna won a physical battle in the section playoffs Saturday at a raucous OHS gym. The 83-66 victory was the first-ever in the playoffs over Lakeville North. The Huskies withstood limited minutes from Evan Dushek, who just became the school's all-time leading scorer Tuesday night, but was limited due to foul trouble.

Owatonna's team depth shined strong.

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Ty Creger scored nine of the team's first 14 points. He went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the second half.  Creger had 25 points, ten rebounds and eight assists without committing a turnover. The Huskies were 19-for-23 from the charity stripe overall.

Brayden Williams hit three-pointers from all over the floor, ending the night with five treys and 29 points. Hi initiated several turnovers. OHS forced the Panthers into about 15 giveaways while producing just a handful of their own.

Blake Burmeister scored seven. Nick Williams hit a three. Avery Hartman hit a nice shot. Connor Ginskey grabbed some big rebounds and had a big basket late.

After picking up his fourth foul early in the second half, Dushek sat for quite a while. When he entered he scored nine straight points, turning a nine-point Huskies' lead into a 14-point bulge with about five minutes to go. Dushek ended with 15 points, about five rebounds, and a couple of blocked shots.

The intensity of the game stayed high until the closing seconds despite the double-digit lead. After the team handshake and a short huddle with the coaches, the players sprinted to join their classmates on the court for a wild celebration.

Except for a brief 3-2 and 5-4 Panther lead, the Huskies never trailed after that. Leading 17-16, OHS went on an 11-2 run for a 28-18 advantage with about eight minutes to go in the first half. North rallied to within 32-27. The Huskies went on a 9-2 run for a 12-point lead. OHS led 41-32 at the half.

Williams hit a few of his 'downtown' threes early in the second half but North still pulled within 50-45. That's when the Huskies got big baskets from several different players and Dushek went on his run.

Owatonna (26-2) had lost their last five meetings with the Panthers(19-9), four of those in the section tournament. The Huskies' last win over North before Saturday was in December 2006.

 

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