Huskies Get Home Playoff Game
Owatonna High School boys basketball coach Josh Williams said the Huskies deserved a home playoff game on Saturday morning's AM 1390 KRFO Coaches Show. A short while afterward, the Section 1AAAA coaches concurred with that by placing OHS in the fourth seed. Owatonna will host Farmington Tuesday, March 3 at 8:01 pm at the OHS gym with coverage on AM 1390 KRFO and the free app.
The later than normal start time is due to Super Tuesday voting in Minnesota. The winner advances to the section semifinals Saturday, March 7 at the high seed. The section championship game is Friday, March 13 at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
Just because Owatonna has the higher seed and the home court advantage, Williams knows the Tigers will pose a threat, "They've very solid. They're a good club, just got done beating Lakeville South (the top seed) about two or three weeks ago. They're long. They're athletic. They're skilled. They've a good high school team that plays in a good league."
"I don't see any one or two superstars just a number of 6-2 to 6-5 athletes that all pretty skilled. They defend well. They run their motion. They run their ball screen stuff..We'll have to be on top of our game to win."
Owatonna (16-10) is 11-3 since late January with a signature win over Rochester Century (the No. 3 seed) January 23. Farmington (11-15) has dropped five of their last six games with the exception being the win over South. Farmington lost to Century in mid-January. Five of the Tigers losses are by five points or less.
South (19-7) is the top seed and will host No. 8 New Prague (5-20) Tuesday night. Interestingly, South only beat the Trojans 49-47 in overtime in the season opener. Ten of New Prague's losses are by less than ten points.
No. 2 seed Mayo (20-6) has the highest scoring average (79 points per game) by far in the section. The Spartans, who have won 10 of their last 11 host Northfield (8-18) in the quarterfinals. Mayo swept the Raiders 85-53 and 85-75.
Century (18-8) hosts John Marshall (11-15) after sweeping the Rockets during the regular campaign 53-49 and 59-44.