Osbourn gets back at Tigers

MANASSAS — Ah yes, redemption. Few times in sport does a team get to avenge an early season loss to an out-of-conference opponent by meeting them again nine days later.

But that was the case last night as Osbourn crushed Brentsville, 64-40. Brentsville upset the Eagles 48-47 in overtime on Dec. 4.

“Down there we were unprepared,” Osbourn coach Mike Dufrene said of the first game. “It was a tough game and they jumped on us and we didn’t respond well. They just outplayed us.”

Last night, Osbourn did not give the Tigers any chance for a sequel, using a full-court press and some hot shooting to run out to a 23-5 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Eagles scored the first six points of the game before Brentsville’s Joe Lavely hit the Tigers’ first field goal. Osbourn then rattled off 15 consecutive points to put the game away early.

Osbourn made eight of its first 14 shots and held Brentsville to only five points on two of 10 shooting.

“Thank god for the first quarter because we did our damage early,” Dufrene said. “We don’t hit all those shots and then it’s a different first quarter… In the first quarter I think we really outhustled them, made some plays, made some stops and some good things happened for us.”

Sophomore Robert Murray scored 13 points in an emergency start. Murray started in place of junior Ricky Pasquarillo, who missed school with an illness and did not play in the game.

“If I had to give a game ball it would go to Robert Murray,” Dufrene said. “He was under control, took a lot of good shots and made good plays on both ends.”

Murray did not know he would be starting until just before the game and was one of three Eagles to score in double figures.

“I was just trying to run the offense and not turn the ball over,” Murray said of his first high school start.

Junior Brandon Ogelsby scored a game-high 15 points for Osbourn and senior Robbie Stoltz scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half to give Osbourn their second win of the season.

Brentsville did not give up after falling behind early and played almost even with Osbourn the final three quarters. Freshman center Jake Lavely led the Tigers with 12 points and junior Sam Huff scored 10.

“You let that team hang around with a few minutes to go and you’ll find yourself in a one-possession game,” Dufrene said of the Tigers. “They are scrappers and should do very good in their league… They didn’t shoot the ball well from the outside, but I like to think our defense wore them down. If they hit those outside shots it’s a different game.”

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