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Ossining Faces Road Playoff Challenge at Mahopac

OSSINING, N.Y. – The Ossining Pride blew out visiting Lincoln, 71-44, on Wednesday in the outbracket round of the Class AA playoffs.

Their reward is a trip to No. 3 Mahopac on Friday. Ossining co-coach Ed Walker said after Wednesday’s win that he did not have much information on the Indians but offered a few thoughts about the matchup.

“I hear they’re a pretty tough opponent,” Walker said. “I’m trying to get a little information on them now, go home and study but I think it’s going to be more of a half-court game.”

Walker said Ossining usually plays in Mahopac’s tournament at around Christmas but did not do so this season.

“I’m sorry we didn’t,” Walker said.

Ossining is the No. 14 seed in the Class AA playoffs, so the rest of the Pride’s games will more than likely be on the road even if it pulls off the upset on Friday. But that is a challenge that Walker embraces.

“As a player, I always cherished the thought of being in somebody else’s gym and beating them,” Walker said. “And I try to instill that in my kids. Myself and coach (Khalid) Sales, we look at it as a major challenge. We look at it as not really a problem. We like to play on the road and I think it’s important the kids can play anywhere. I mean, the basket’s the same. I don’t care. Ten feet high.”

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