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Echo Press photo by Lori Mork Dominic Baker (25) scored seven points and pulled down seven rebounds against Ashby last Friday night. Here Baker was guarded by Ashby's Justice Witt (15).

Boys' basketball: Streaks stop Arrows

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The Osakis boys' basketball team built a big lead and held on late for a 61-49 win over Ashby last Friday night.

The Silverstreaks withstood a great game by Kurtis Mickelson, who scored 26 points and grabbed 21 rebounds. Osakis used a balanced attack to trump that with Adam Sadlemyer, Matt Laven and Andrew Nack all scoring in double figures.

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"Our team made some on-the-court adjustments to better handle Ashby's size inside on both offense and defense, which is encouraging since we hadn't spent a lot of time in practice working on these adjustments," Osakis head coach Chris Stroup said.

"The kids understood and executed well, allowing us to be successful against a difficult opponent. Offensively, we struggled to get into any rhythm, mostly due to Ashby's Kurtis Mickelson, who causes problems for a lot of teams because of his size."

The Silverstreaks shot just 33 percent from the field but had almost 20 more field goal attempts than the Arrows. That was because of 21 offensive rebounds and an Osakis' defensive effort that created 25 turnovers on the night.

"When the opposing team gets 20 more shots off in a game, it is going to be a tough night," Ashby head coach Ryan Risbrudt said. "We have to limit the offensive rebounds for the opponents.

"We definitely improved from our previous game this week. I was very pleased with how our team did not give up after being down by more than 20. We battled back and made Osakis earn [its] win."

Sadlemyer led Osakis with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Laven and Nack had 17 and 10 points, respectively. Stroup said he is also starting to see improvements from some of his players that do not necessarily show up on the stat sheet.

"Dominic Baker and Devin Waldvogel are becoming a solid guard tandem," Stroup said. "Dominic's aggressiveness on defense combined with Devin's positioning are really starting to pay dividends for us in the half court. Devin is really settling in as the point guard, too, finishing this game with no turnovers.

"Andrew Nack also played a solid game for us against a tough match up. [He] sacrificed his stats a little by boxing Mickelson out and allowing Adam Sadlemyer and Matt Laven to get rebounds."

That helped lead the Silverstreaks to their second straight win and move them to 3-2 on the season.

Ashby falls to 1-4 with the loss. The Arrows head into the Christmas break with a 1-1 record in the Little Eight Conference. Their next game comes on January 5 against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley.

Osakis traveled to Staples-Motley to take on the Cardinals this past Tuesday before entering the holiday break. The Silverstreaks open up the new year with a January 3 game against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on the road.

"From our first game on December 5 to this game, we have seen great improvement in our players as they are each finding their role on the court and how they can help our team be successful," Stroup said. "We still have many areas that we need to improve, but our players are working hard in practice to limit our deficiencies."

GAME STATISTICS

OSAKIS 28 33 - 61

ASHBY 18 31 - 49

OSAKIS LEADERS - Devin Waldvogel - 6 points, 1 rebound; Adam Sadlemyer - 19 points, 11 rebounds; Dominic Baker - 7 points, 7 rebounds; Matt Laven - 17 points, 5 rebounds; Tony Roggenbuck - 2 points, 3 rebounds; Andrew Nack - 10 points, 4 rebounds

ASHBY LEADERS - Kurtis Mickelson - 26 points, 21 rebounds, 3 blocks; Jordan Lillemon - 14 points, 4 rebounds

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