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Gillard brothers bond in state tournament run

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Maranatha Christian's success at the state tournament on the hardwood has come on the girls side. The boys team is attempting to make their own history when they will play for their first state championship Saturday afternoon.

GeGetting to the state tournament let alone winning a title has been a dream years in the making for senior guard Garrison Gillard and his younger brother Grantham.

"He's kind of taller than me but we always played in the back yard family comes first and I love him to death," said Garrison.

Grantham may stand an inch or two taller than his elder brother, but as a sophomore, his play on the court continues to improve.

Sophomore Grantham Gillard

"I feel confident," said Grantham after he scored 13 point performance in the semi-finals. "I give God the glory and I just feel at peace out there."

Garrison's game has improved immensely from a season ago helped in large part to his play on the gridiron as Osseo's starting quarterback. The work ethic and leadership has extended to the basketball court and after a year to think about a stinging defeat at the hands of Heritage Christian Academy in the semi-finals last year, Garrison and his teammates returned hungry to get to state.

"I think all the hard work we put in, our father and mother and all the hard work they put into us is starting to finally come through," said Garrison. "Always in the gym, up early lifting, we're here and we want to get a state championship."

The one-on-one battles between Garrison and Grantham are legendary.

"I'm winning," said Garrison as Grantham smiled and laughed. "I have that mentality."

He then gave his baby brother a big compliment.

"He has all the skills in the world, he's going to go big places."

They are going to the class A championship game where they will play their final game together on the high school basketball court.

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