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Boys' basketball: Cardinals shut down Silverstreaks

Eric Morken, Echo Press Osakis senior co-captain Mitch Herzog (right) just missed blocking the shot by the Cardinals' Zach Borders on a breakaway early in the second half last Friday night.

The Osakis boys' basketball team was in position to snap a five-game skid last Friday night before a 40-point second half helped Staples-Motley to a 71-62 win over the Silverstreaks.

The Cardinals overcame a three-point deficit at the half by shooting an incredible 70 percent in the second half. Staples-Motley hit 14-of-20 shots after the break, led by Grant Longbella, who finished with a team-high 20 points.

Osakis still had chances down the stretch despite that torrid shooting. Doug Zimmel hit his third three of the night to make it an eight-point game after the Cardinals had stretched the lead to double digits with four minutes left.

The Silverstreaks would get it as close as four in the final minute but couldn't quite get over the hump. Jordan Wick put an end to things with two free throws that made it a three-possession game in the closing seconds.

"We came out right away and played well," head coach Chris Stroup said. "Staples is an athletic and physical team, and we were able to battle through the first half and take a three-point lead into the break...the second half, their aggressiveness minimized our ability to get the ball where we wanted to."

Joe Roggenbuck was the best player on the court in the opening 18 minutes. The senior center scored 13 of Osakis' first 17 points. He hit two threes and finished with a three-point play in the final seconds of the first half that gave his team a lead and him 19 points before the break.

The Cardinals made him their focus on defense in the second half. Their zone made it difficult for him to get the ball on the block. When he did get the ball, Staples-Motley sent an immediate double team. Roggenbuck was held to two points through the first 10 minutes after the break as the Cardinals built a 52-43 lead. He finished with a game-high 27 points and 13 rebounds.

"Joe had a solid night for us, particularly in the first half," Stroup said. "In the second half, Staples did a much better job of defending him. We needed for someone else to step up and finish in the paint for us and just couldn't get the movement needed."

Mitch Herzog added 14 points, six of which came from the free throw line. Zimmel added nine points and four assists and Kyle Swenstad finished with eight points.



OSAKIS 34 28 - 62

TOTALS - Staples-Motley - FG - 27-53; 3-PT FG - 7-18; FT - 10-21; Rebounds - 32; Steals - 13; Turnovers - 12; Osakis - FG - 21-48; 3-PT FG - 7-19; FT - 13-18; Rebounds - 27; Assists - 13; Steals - 7; Turnovers - 20

OSAKIS - Lane Berberich - 1 steal; Dean Mickle - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Kyle Swenstad - 8 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Jordan Mack - 2 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Roggenbuck - 27 points, 1 assist, 13 rebounds; Herzog - 14 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds; D. Zimmel - 9 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals

STAPLES-MOTLEY - Kyle Jansson - 8 points; Shane Suess - 10 points; Brian Huber - 6 points; Jordan Wick - 6 points; Jalen Busker - 3 points; Seth Auger - 12 points; Grant Longbella - 20 points; Zach Borders - 6 points

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Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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