The Eden Prairie High School boys basketball team erased road weariness, an early deficit, and a late scare to seal a 96-93 overtime victory against the Brainerd Warriors in a nonconference matchup Tuesday night.
Trailing early, the Eagles found their footing and took a four-point lead into halftime. The second half saw a tight contest, with Eden Prairie leading until Brainerd tied the game with just over two minutes remaining.
Clutch free throws from Max Lorenson with under a minute left sent the game to overtime, where the Eagles secured the win.
“Nolen Anderson led our offense with 33 points, but this was truly a team effort with five guys reaching double figures,” said Eagles’ head coach Alexander Culver. “More importantly, they all continued to fight, showing incredible mental toughness throughout the game.
“Nolen, Max Lorenson, Ty Schlagel, JJ Sullivan, and Hamze Yusuf have all been instrumental in our success,” Culver continued. “Parker Fahning’s interior presence and strong senior leadership are invaluable. Heading into conference play, we’re focused on continuous improvement in every facet of the game. This win is a definite confidence boost. And as the season progresses, we’ll build on our strengths and shore up any weaknesses.”
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Eagles, who improved their overall record to 6-7. They’ll look to build momentum when they open conference play against rival Hopkins at home on Friday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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