Osmond Punches Ticket To State For First Time Since 1999

Osmond Punches Ticket To State For First Time Since 1999
Players and students celebrate a memorable night in O'Neill after the Osmond Tigers beat North Central in the District Final.

O’NEILL – This may go down as one of the greatest teams to play in the history of Osmond boys basketball.

The Tigers won their first state title back in 1918. They won their last title in 1928.

Osmond hasn’t had a 20 game winning season in more than 15 years. Going into Tuesday’s district final, the Tigers hadn’t been to the state tournament in Lincoln in 19 years.

That is all about to change in a week as Osmond defeated North Central on Tuesday, 70-50, in O’Neill to improve their record to 22-3 and will play in the state tournament starting next Thursday.

Osmond proved to be a true contender on Tuesday.

Both teams started out sluggish in the game, but a 22-3 run in the first half help Osmond ride momentum into halftime to seal the win against North Central.

Keaton Timmerman led the Tigers with 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win, followed by a 14 point performance from Alex Kumm.

The North Central Knights were led by Colton Munger who finished with 21 points. Griffin Smith was the only other Knight to finish in double-figures with 10 points in the loss.

Seedings of of the Class D1 bracket for boys state basketball will be released on Wednesday.

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