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Three sophomore guards key Osbourn’s 7-3 start

When the Osbourn boys’ basketball team hosted Loudoun Valley on Tuesday night in its Cedar Run District opener, the Eagles were playing a home game for only the second time all season.

Fortunately for the Eagles, three sophomore guards have kept things together during the tough early-season stretch: Robbie Carter, Jay Lane and Cedric Delaney have accounted for 64 percent of the team’s scoring.

Coach Mike Dufrene said before Osbourn's subsequent 64-49 victory over the Vikings that he couldn’t be more pleased with how his youngsters have performed thus far. The Eagles are 7-3; their only other home game was a 74-73 loss to Colonial Forge on Dec. 7.

“We’ve asked these kids to grow up quickly, and they’ve responded very well,” said Dufrene, whose squad finished 9-13 overall last season, 6-8 in the Cedar Run.

Carter and Lane have kept Osbourn’s stats crew busy, with points-per-game averages of 18.5 and 18.2, respectively, while Delaney (10 ppg) gives Osbourn three guards scoring in double figures.

“We’re not a one-man show by any means,” Dufrene added.

Dufrene praised Delaney’s quickness and responsibility running the point for Osbourn. He also had some interesting thoughts on Carter and Lane, which I’ll post below.

On Carter … “He doesn’t shy away from anything. There’s no doubt that if the game’s on the line, he wants the ball. You could put a badminton racket in his hand, and he’s going to compete.”

On Lane … “Jay’s a quiet assassin. He just chips away at you, getting four or six points a quarter. And the thing about Jay is that he has no clue how good he is. He’s nowhere near where he’s going to be in a year or two.”

Over the holiday break, Osbourn played in the Lake Braddock Tournament of Champions, annually one of the area’s most competitive holiday options.

The Eagles opened with a 69-63 win over South Lakes before dropping a 74-57 decision to KIMA. To close things out, they avenged the aforementioned one-point loss to Colonial Forge with a 67-65 victory, behind 13 points from Corey Bedord, a sophomore forward who's averaging nearly 6 points a game.

Osbourn plays host to neighborhood rival Osbourn Park for a 7:30 tip on Saturday night before another district game next Tuesday at Battlefield.

Dufrene also praised junior guard Lucky Whitehead for his shutdown defense, and sophomore forward Landon Dufrene, his son, for scoring 12 points against South Lakes after getting promoted from the junior varsity squad.

The key, Dufrene said, will be getting more offensive production from 6-foot-11 center Isaac Freeman. So far the junior has been averaging 5 blocks per game but has totaled only 52 points in those 10 contests. But Freeman, like the bulk of Osbourn’s roster, is still extremely young.

“When you have young kids like we do,” Dufrene said, “it’s so critical to teach them the mental toughness of athletics, how to balance through tough times and keep their heads up.”

By Jason Mackey  |  January 8, 2010; 11:13 AM ET
Categories:  Boys' Basketball , Cedar Run District , Northwest Region , Osbourn  
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