Seniors step up as Osakis boys beat Brandon-Evansville
The Osakis boys’ basketball team used a balanced attack to take an early lead against Brandon-Evansville and roll to a 65-47 win that evened the Silverstreaks record at 1-1 and dropped the Chargers to 0-4 on Thursday night.
Osakis got 11 points from Hunter Scherr in the first half behind three triples. Sophomores Haden Hendricks and Luke Wolbeck also added five apiece before the break as the Silverstreaks grabbed a 32-23 lead and kept the Chargers at an arm’s length the entire night.
“After I made a few it felt good,” Scherr said of his shot in the first half. “It was very important [to get an early lead] because if we get on them early they’re going to start getting in foul trouble like they did. I feel like we have more depth than them so we could just run it on them.”
Scherr was part of a group of seniors who played like the upperclassmen they are in helping their team to the win. He had 14 points and fellow senior Lane Berberich had 13 points, while classmate Drew Fearing added 11. They were exactly the kind of leaders this team needs them to be tonight with a group of young players like Wolbeck (12 points) and Hendricks (seven points) joining them in the starting lineup.
“We just want to show a lot of heart and hustle for the younger kids,” Berberich said. “Just show them how to play and don’t be a bad influence by doing things like yelling at the refs. There were a lot of cheap fouls, I think, but we kind of avoided that by not talking back to them.”
The one thing head coach Matt Hoelscher doesn’t normally have to tell his players is to play hard on a nightly basis. That seems to already be engrained in them, and they played with that fire on Thursday. Osakis swarmed Brandon-Evansville on defense. That led to some turnovers and a few easy buckets in transition.
They also helped each other out on defense by sending two or three guys at Chargers’ sophomore big man Skyler Quinn when he touched the ball in the post. They held Quinn to just four points in the first half before he put up 11 after halftime for a game-high 15. He was the only player in double figures for Brandon-Evansville.
“We did play well,” Hoelscher said. “It’s one thing we talked about; finally we don’t play a team that has four giants that we have to go against. They played hard. What I’ve said before is we can’t get outhustled. If we don’t get outhustled and we don’t get outrebounded, we can be in a lot of games. They’re excited. I’m excited and we told them it’s short-lived. We got to go play Sauk Centre tomorrow. Enjoy it while you can.”
The Silverstreaks earned the right to smile after getting their first win of the season in convincing fashion. They will travel to Sauk Centre on Friday to play a 4-0 Mainstreeters team that scored 91 points in a season-opening win over Upsala. It’s a big challenge, but these players were going to enjoy this victory tonight before shifting their focus to Sauk Centre.
“Well, when you only have three wins last year it feels really good to get a win,” Berberich said with a smile. “We’re 1-1, a .500 record, that’s pretty good to us.”