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Boys' basketball: Minnewaska, Ashby win

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Boys' basketball: Minnewaska, Ashby win
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Minnewaska rebounded from its loss to top-ranked Melrose by handing Paynesville a 75-65 loss Tuesday night.

The Lakers, who held a 43-37 halftime lead, were led by Austin Ostrander's 20 points, while Jayden Beecher added 14, Austin Giese 12 and Austin Lieser 10.

Minnewaska was 22-23 from the free throw line, more than enough to give them the lead. Giese was 8-for-8 and Beecher hit 6-for-6. In all, five players were perfect from the line.

Minnewaska improved to 10-12 overall and 7-8 in conference play. They will be at Albany on Monday.

MINNEWASKA 75, PAYNESVILLE 65

MINNEWASKA 43 32 -- 75

PAYNESVILLE 37 28 -- 65

MINNEWASKA - Derek Burd 2, Austin Lieser 10, Jake Amundson 5, Austin Giese 12, Austin Ostrander 20, Kenny Diaz 5, Jayden Beecher 14, Isaiah Adams 7. Field goals 23-48, 3-pt 7-16 (Lieser 1, Ostrander 3, Diaz 1, Beecher 2), Free throws 22-23, Rebounds 34 (Adams 10), Assists 18 (Beecher 6), Steals 9 (Giese 6), Fouls 13.

PAYNESVILLE - Mitch Weidner 12, Matt Quade 5, Alex Kranz 2, Andrew Topp 14, Jordon Roos 7, Nick Dingmann 2, Brandan Schleper 23. Field goals 28-57, 3-pt 4-11, Free throws 5-10, Rebounds 23, Fouls 14.

ASHBY 56, FRAZEE 49

Jumping to a 26-19 halftime lead, the Ashby boys maintained that margin for a 56-49 win over Frazee Tuesday night, improving to 17-5 overall.

"A win is a win, but we were lucky to come away with this one," said head coach Jeremy Knick. "There were a lot of things that almost led to our demise. We turned the ball over 14 times, which was too many.

"They also had a slight edge on the boards 26-25, but it was the eight offensive boards that were concerning."

The Arrows were led by J.P. Moe with 14 and Blake Ohren with 13. Tanner Langlie had 10 rebounds.

"We need to put two halves of solid defense together, especially as we approach playoffs," added Knick. "The difference in this game was our free throw shooting. We got to the line more than them and made 12 of 16."

Ashby will host Underwood tonight, Friday and will host Sauk Centre on Tuesday.

ASHBY 56, FRAZEE 49

FRAZEE 19 30 -- 49

ASHBY 26 30 -- 56

ASHBY - J.P. Moe 14, Blake Ohren 13, Tanner Langlie 8, Dylan Barry 9, Morgan Wing 8, Gage Olson 2, Allard LaRue 2. Rebounds - Ohren 5, Langlie 10. Assists - Moe 2, Ohren 3. Steals

ST. JOHN'S PREP 42, OSAKIS 22

The Osakis boys couldn't get their offense going in a 42-22 loss against St. John's Prep on Monday night.

The Silverstreaks (3-19, 2-11 Prairie) shot just 18 percent, while making seven field goals. They were held to just eight points in the first half but still only trailed by 10 at the break. The Johnnies (10-11, 5-8 Prairie) didn't let them get any closer in the final 18 minutes as they outscored Osakis 24-14.

"We were really flat the first half," head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "Our guys missed some good looks. It was an off night for the entire team. The second half got a little better, but when we had times to cut back into the game, we went cold again."

Lane Berberich and Doug Zimmel were the leading scorers for Osakis with six apiece. Zimmel added a team-high seven rebounds and four steals.

GAME STATISTICS

OSAKIS 8 14 - 22

SJP 18 24 - 42

OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 7-37; Three-point FG - 0-9; FT - 8-13; Assists - 2; Blocks - 2; Rebounds - 21; Steals - 8; Turnovers - 18

OSAKIS - Berberich - 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Kilar Zimmel - 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals; Hunter Scherr - 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Brandon Giesler - 2 points; Cody DeWenter - 1 rebound; Joey Kotek - 2 points, 2 rebounds; John Piekarski - 3 rebounds; D. Zimmel - 6 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 7 rebounds, 4 steals

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