Lakeville North headed back to state championship

A 60-56 victory over undefeated Osseo sends Lakeville North to its third state championship appearance in five years

Adam Tremblay, Staff Writer

Lakeville North boys basketball is headed back to the state championship, its third in the last five years, after beating undefeated Osseo 60-56 in a game that was tight throughout.

The No. 5-seeded Panthers were able to spread the scoring around nicely as Carter Brooks, Calven Pesola, Nathan Reuvers and Nick Fossey were all in double figures. But Nathan Reuvers is the one that gave Lakeville North the boost with his 17 points and a huge block in the final minutes of the game.

“You can’t teach how to defend that length,” said Osseo coach Tim Theisen.

And Reuvers used his height and length to get an advantage on the other players. One reporter described it as “everyone else is involved in a rugby scrum and he’s a head above the fray.”

But Reuvers wasn’t the only one making his impact on the court, as Nick Fossey, once again, was a driving force for the Panthers. The senior came into the tournament averaging only 6.28 points per game, but he has been on fire lately with 22 points so far in the state tourney. His most clutch moments came in the fourth quarter when he made four free-throws. Then with Osseo inbounding, and only seconds remaining, he intercepted the pass, then sunk his two free throws to seal the victory for Lakeville North.  

“I kind of played like a defensive back in football and just went up and got it,” said Fossey.

Lakeville North came in underdogs in this game as well as the one before, but they were still able to hand Osseo its first loss of the season.

“Osseo’s a very, very good team,” said Panthers’ coach John Oxton.

Lakeville North goes into its next game against No. 2 seed Hopkins as underdogs once again, but that hasn’t stopped them so far. Oxton said he wants them to keep pushing and he summed it all up by showing what North is all about.

“We’re just going to lay it all out on the line, play our butts off, play together, and we’ll be just fine,” Oxton said.