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Chargers can’t keep up with Osakis

Hunter Scherr (right) follows through on one of the three triples he made during the first half of last Thursday’s win over Brandon-Evansville. Scherr finished with a team-high 14 points for the Silverstreaks. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The Osakis boys’ basketball team hasn’t seen a lot of wins over the past year, but the players on this team haven’t let that affect the way they take the court.

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Hustle and defensive effort have been a couple constants with this group, and they were there again last Thursday as the Silverstreaks ran their way to a 65-47 win over Brandon-Evansville.

“A lot of these guys aren’t accustomed to losing,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “A lot of them are baseball guys, and we had that great baseball season last year. They’re competitors. They feel bad when we lose, and I feel bad when we lose, as we should. So it’s great that they come out and they work hard no matter what the situation.”

It was the second time that Hoelscher matched up on the sidelines against his former coach John Holsten with both of those resulting in Osakis wins. The Silverstreaks didn’t leave much doubt in this one as they built a 32-23 lead by the break and kept the Chargers at an arm’s length most of the night.

“We didn’t play well, but Osakis had a lot to do with that,” Holsten said. “It seemed as though they had a lot cleaner looks at the basket than we did. They got up and down the floor a lot better than we did.”

Four guys finished in double figures for the Silverstreaks. Senior starters Hunter Scherr, Lane Berberich and Drew Fearing were major catalysts of that. Scherr hit three triples in the first half and finished with a team-high 14 points. Berberich added 13, while Fearing had 11 points, three assists, eight rebounds and five steals.

Sophomores Haden Hendricks and Luke Wolbeck joined Fearing, Scherr and Berberich in the starting lineup as both contributed some big shots. Hendricks had seven points and a few big buckets that helped Osakis build an early lead. Wolbeck battled foul trouble to put up 12 points, three rebounds and three steals.

“It’s a great bunch of kids,” Hoelscher said of his team. “Last year when we’re not winning and we have three wins, it’s tough to come to a practice after you lose game after game after game and still bring the energy. They did it last year and they’re continuing to do it this year.”

Osakis was able to get out and play the style of basketball it wants to play against Brandon-Evansville. The Silverstreaks used their defense to create offense, forcing 24 Chargers’ turnovers. They pushed the ball up the court at every opportunity, which led to some easy scoring chances.

Brandon-Evansville continued to struggle from the charity stripe. The Chargers have seen that plague them throughout the early season and it did again on Thursday as they finished 10-of-23.

“It’s been a real problem area for us,” Holsten said. “We don’t’ look confident going up there. We’ve been able to get to the line, but we just don’t look confident when we get up there.”

Skyler Quinn was the only player in double figures for Brandon-Evansville. He finished with 15 points to go along with eight rebounds, five steals and two assists. Osakis didn’t make it easy on him, sending two or three guys at him every time he touched it in the post.

“Skyler never had a clean look,” Holsten said. “Every time he shot the ball there was a hand or two in his face. Credit to Matt for making those rotations.”

The win evened the Silverstreaks’ record at 1-1 and dropped the Chargers to 0-4. After a three-win season a year ago, these Osakis players were going to enjoy the moment.

“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. It’s still a ton of fun to come out here, run around and play and get a win like tonight.”


OSAKIS 32 33 – 65

B-E 23 24 – 47

TOTALS – Osakis – FG – 21-43; Three-point FG – 5-11; FT – 18-35; Rebounds – 25; Assists – 12; Steals – 13; Turnovers – 7; B-E – FG – 18-46; FT – 10-23; Rebounds – 26; Steals – 7; Turnovers – 24; Fouls – 28

OSAKIS – Berberich – 13 points, 3 assists, 2 steals; Zach Weir – 4 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds; Scherr – 14 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds; Hendricks – 7 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds; Fearing – 11 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, 5 steals; Cody DeWenter – 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Wolbeck – 12 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; John Boogaard – 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds; Joey Garcia – 4 rebounds, 2 steals

B-E – John Thoennes – 5 points; Taylor Bitzan – 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists; McKenon Plaster – 2 points, 1 rebound; Brandon Christianson – 8 points, 3 rebounds; James Huisman – 2 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist; Tom Bosek – 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist; Skyler Quinn – 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists; Will Schroeder – 5 points, 3 rebounds 

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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