Osakis boys' basketball: Silverstreaks hold off St. John's PrepThe Osakis boys’ basketball team broke a six-game losing streak by finding a way to do something that has plagued it all too often this season – finish off a close game.
The Osakis boys’ basketball team broke a six-game losing streak by finding a way to do something that has plagued it all too often this season – finish off a close game.
The Silverstreaks led by seven at the break and held on down the stretch behind four big free throws from Jordan Mack. Joe Roggenbuck had another big night as the senior led Osakis to the win with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting.
“Our guys went out and played hard and smart and were finally able to finish off a close game,” head coach Chris Stroup said. “Both assistant coaches, Lee VanNyhuis and Ryan Maddock, made big contributions in game adjustments that put our players in the right positions.”
The Silverstreaks got contributions from up and down their lineup. Mitch Herzog had 15 points and Kyle Swenstad poured in 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Doug Zimmel added eight points as he and Herzog combined for five threes on the night.
“Kyle Swenstad had a very solid game for us,” Stroup said. “Not just putting up some points, but more importantly, he took a couple charges in the last few minutes that really helped us secure the win.”
The Johnnies’ Tarik Hujdurovic was able to keep his team close with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Zack Dehler added 14 points for his team but it wasn’t enough to complete the season sweep of the Silverstreaks.
“I thought one of the keys for us tonight was our defensive intensity and recognition,” Stroup said. “[Hujdurovic] is an explosive player who can hit a three or take you to the rim and either finish or find an open teammate. Tonight we were able to do a better job of limiting his effectiveness. The other key would be our ball movement and executing on offense, helping each other get open shots.”
It was a formula that helped Osakis avenge a five-point loss to the Johnnies on January 6. The Silverstreaks will now try to build on it with four straight home games. They welcomed in Upsala last night, Tuesday, before Browerville comes to town on Thursday. Minnewaska and Eagle Valley will wrap up the home stretch for Osakis next Monday and Tuesday night, respectively.
OSAKIS 37 25 – 62
SJP 30 26 – 56
TOTALS – Osakis – FG – 19-39; 3-PT FG – 6-15; FT – 18-25; Rebounds – 30; Assists – 19; Steals – 6; Turnovers – 14; SJP – FG – 22-62; 3-PT FG – 7-30; FT – 5-8; Rebounds – 33; Turnovers – 8
OSAKIS – Dean Mickle – 2 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds; Swenstad – 10 points, 4 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals; Mack – 4 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds; Roggenbuck – 23 points, 3 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals; Herzog – 15 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds; D. Zimmel – 8 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
SJP – Tarik Hujdurovic – 19 points, 11 rebounds; Zack Dehler – 14; Scott Grinnell – 9; Levi Johnson – 8; Luke Teigen – 4; Alex Kendall – 2