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Boys' basketball: Knights, Chargers, Arrows win

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WCA 61, Osakis 55

Osakis outscored West Central Area in the second half, but a 30-17 deficit in the first half was too much for the Silverstreaks to overcome as they fell 61-55 at home Tuesday night.

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The Knights opened up a 30-13 lead in the first half, but Osakis made a late run, scoring the last four points of the half.

In the second, the Silverstreaks found their target from long range, hitting seven three-point shots to climb back in to contention, but the Knights hung on for the win.

"We did a good job of coming out and getting off to a good start," said Knight head coach Kraig Hunter. "We know Osakis always plays hard and give them credit for the shots they made in the second half."

Christian Hammer led the Knights with 16 points, while Dakotah Kashmark added 13, and Colton Blascyk and Beau Kashmark 12 each.

Blascyk led the rebounding with eight for the Knights, while Boeddeker had three assists.

Andrew Allen and Mitch Herzog led Osakis with 12 points each, while Devin Waldvogel also hit double figures with 10.

Melrose will be at Osakis tonight, Friday, for their final regular season game, while will host Wheaton/Herman-Norcross in their finale.

GAME STATISTICS

WEST CENTRAL ARA 30 31 -- 61

OSAKIS 17 38 -- 55

WEST CENTRAL AREA - Christian Hammer 16, Dakotah Kashmark 13, Colton Blascyk 12, Beau Kashmark 12, Jake Boeddeker 6, Bryan Starner 2. Field goals 21-49, Free throws 13-15, Rebounds 32 (Blascyk 8, Boeddeker 5).

OSAKIS - Andrew Allen 12, Mitch Herzog 12, Devin Waldvogel 10, Jordan Mack 9, Joe

Upsala 90, Osakis 67

The Upsala boys' basketball team handed Osakis a 90-67 loss and kept itself tied for first in the Prairie Conference in the process.

The Silverstreaks got 27 points from Joe Roggenbuck but it wasn't near enough to keep up with the Cardinals. Upsala put three players in double figures and had five players score at least nine points.

Brent Herzog led the way with 28 and 12 rebounds. Jacob Voss added 19, while Brandon Welinski poured in 15. Mitch Herzog was also in double figures for Osakis with 12.

The Silverstreaks were scheduled to wrap up the regular season this week. Melrose comes to town tonight, Friday.

GAME STATISTICS

UPSALA 42 48 - 90

OSAKIS 32 35 - 67

OSAKIS LEADERS - Roggenbuck - 27 points; Herzog - 12 points

UPSALA - B. Herzog - 28 points, 12 rebounds; Voss - 19 points; Welinski - 15 points; Frieler - 9 points; Wolf - 9 points; Pangrac - 4 points; Schultz - 3 points; Pekarek - 3 points

Brandon-Evansville 64, Henning 28

Improving to 14-8 on the season with a 64-28 win over Henning Tuesday night, the Brandon-Evansville boys earned the fifth seed in the Section 6A-South basketball tournament.

The Chargers will open tournament action next Thursday when they travel to Ashby to face the fourth-seeded Arrows.

Tuesday the Chargers got 23 points from Jared Goehringer as Brandon-Evansville cruised to a 35-15 halftime lead.

Phill Krueger and Sean Henneman added 18 and 12 points respectively.

"The boys put together two solid halves of basketball," said head coach John Holsten. "They played very good defense and really moved the ball on offense."

Brandt Bitzan tied for team lead in steals, assists and rebounds, and led the team in blocked shots.

The Chargers hit 27 of their 58 shots from the field for 47 percent shooting, and hit five of their six free throw attempts.

Today, Friday, Brandon-Evansville will travel to Hancock for the regular season finale.

Ashby 65, Wheaton-HN 62

Riley Mickelson's double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds kept the Ashby boys' final regular season game from becoming a loss Tuesday night as the Arrows topped Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 65-62.

"It is always great to get a win and I'm glad we stayed composed and pulled this one out," said Arrow head coach Jeremy Knick. "I though Mason Johnson really stepped up and matched Wheaton's intensity, and made some great hustle plays throughout the game."

The Arrows led by 14 at the half, 35-21, but the Warriors made a charge in the second half, outscoring Ashby 41-30, but couldn't catch the visitors.

Blake Ohren had 10 points for Ashby as the only other player in double figures.

Ashby finished the regular season with a 16-8 record and will open Section tournament action next Thursday at home against Brandon-Evansville.

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