One of the two players who missed the first two playoff games will be back for the semifinal game against Barnesville Wednesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at The Hive. Senior Caden Schossow was cleared and practiced Monday, March 22. The team is still awaiting results for senior Elijah Morris, and if those come back negative, he will also be available for the semifinal game.
Head coach Dave Cresap was relieved to have Schossow back in the lineup. "It's great news that Caden's result came back negative," he said. "It's great news, but now we got to get Elijah. We need them both for our depth, and to go at Barnesville, we need everyone."
Schossow said it felt amazing to be back on the court. "I'm glad to be here and back at practice with the guys," he said. He watched the first two games via live stream, which was really hard to do, he said. "I don't know how to explain it, but it's not a good feeling because you can't do anything about it."
Barnesville and Perham match up well, and they're very strong and aggressive, according to Cresap. "We have to be the ones who take it at them. We have to be the aggressor in this game, and we have to have Finn Diggins show up," Cresap said. "He's the key matchup with their big guy inside, so if he shows up, it's just a matter of if we can score enough points to win."
Since the teams met twice in the regular season and split the wins, this game is a toss-up. "I think it's the team that comes out with a lack of nerves and as the aggressor will win," Cresap said.