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Published March 20 2012

Bosche elevates game as Spuds find postseason success

MOORHEAD – Moorhead point guard Matt Ellingson remembers fifth grade, when coaches referred to teammate Camden Bosche as “the big kid.”

Ellingson said opposing coaches would instruct their players to triple-team Bosche, who was considerably taller than everyone else.

Bosche is still bigger and taller, but lately he’s given coaches more reasons to notice him after helping Moorhead return to the Minnesota Class 4A state basketball tournament.

Moorhead (18-9) plays at 2 p.m. today against Lakeville North (28-1) at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

“I think one thing is the belief we all have in him,” Ellingson said Bosche. “We trust when he has the ball down low, because the big dog is going to go get it.”

Bosche, a senior, has become a reliable player for Moorhead this postseason, averaging nearly 15 points and 7 rebounds per game. That nearly doubles his regular-season average of eight points.

“He had moments where he was up and down, but then he started to level out,” said Zimmerman, who played for Moorhead in the state tournament 20 years ago. “Once he started to level out, we knew what we were getting.”

Zimmerman said the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Bosche provides mismatches for so many teams. It’s one of the reasons he’s been effective this postseason.

Ellingson, also a senior, said Bosche’s size makes his job as a point guard easier.

“It’s awesome as a guard,” Ellingson said. “You can throw it down there. You have the guy who will do something with the ball when he gets it.”

Bosche said his approach toward basketball changed from the time he entered the program as a freshman. He admitted to not taking the game seriously, but that changed as a junior.

Bosche said it was one of the reasons he didn’t play football this year.

“It is your last year,” Bosche said. “And I realized that even as a junior.”

Even as Bosche went in and out of the starting lineup, he played a role on this year’s team. He helped Moorhead surpass last year’s second-round playoff exit to reach state for the first time since 2002.

Bosche was vital in Moorhead’s section championship win over Bemidji, scoring 18 points and pulling down seven rebounds.

Bemidji double-teamed leading-scorer Aaron Lien, but Bosche added another dimension. He made all seven of his field goals.

“It’s getting down to it as a senior and it is going to be the last stretch,” Bosche said. “You want to make what you can count. I don’t want to go out on an average note, but the best note I can.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548


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