MADISON — It was the kind of performance that will be remembered for a long time.
Kids hoping to replicate it on driveway basketball courts all over the streets of Osseo and Fairchild for years to come will make sure of that.
Thirty-three points. Twenty rebounds. Six assists.
Without a doubt, it was one of the best all-around performances at the state tournament in recent memory.
Logan Mulhern hardly put a wrong foot forward in Osseo-Fairchild’s Division 4 semifinal loss to Lourdes Academy on Thursday night. The senior willed the Thunder back into the game after they fell into a 16-point deficit, and nearly hit what would have become the latest iconic state tournament shot on the Kohl Center floor at the buzzer.
His one-handed effort as time expired — which would have forced overtime — didn’t fall, but even without it, the forward had more than left his mark in Madison.
Just check the record book. He came near several Division 4 state tournament records.
He was four rebounds away from breaking the mark set by Cassville’s Sam Okey in 1995, and nine points away from topping Anthony Pieper’s record set in 1993 with Wausaukee. Four more assists would have taken him past Tywon Bressler’s record from 2015.
To approach just one of those records would be remarkable. But to approach them all made it a game for the ages.
The star shined bright on the state’s biggest stage. And it wasn’t even unexpected.
“I 100 percent expected it. There was no question Logan was going to play like that down here,” Osseo-Fairchild coach Tim Popple said. “He’s never been afraid of the big game, the big time. We talk a lot about playing without fear, and I don’t know if this kid’s ever had fear.”
Mulhern’s high motor kept him going throughout the game. On several occasions, he emerged with an offensive rebound through a group of two or three Lourdes players.
His attack off the dribble was unstoppable at times. Violently-quick spin moves powered him through the lane and got him to the rim without any loss of control.
“He really mauled us on the boards and in the paint,” Lourdes coach Brad Clark said.
It left some wondering after the game: Would this really be the last game of Mulhern’s career?
As it turns out, probably not. Although he hasn’t given a commitment to play at a college yet, it’s in his plans.
“I plan to commit after basketball (season), but I want to play college ball somewhere,” Mulhern said.
On his radar are schools like Winona State, UW-Stout and UW-Stevens Point.
Wherever he ends up, the impact of his performance in Osseo-Fairchild’s first trip to state in nearly 30 years should stick around for a while.
Just ask the young kid shooting around in his driveway, pretending to be Logan Mulhern.