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Osakis boys drop home game to WCA 73-42

The Osakis boys’ basketball team did not fare as well in a 73-42 loss to West Central Area at home Tuesday as it had against the Knights 19 days earlier.

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In that game, the Silverstreaks were within reach most of the game until the Knights eventually pulled ahead for a 65-55 final. On Tuesday WCA’s hot shooting hand helped it score often for a 31 point victory.

The Silverstreaks’ players noticed a big improvement in shooting percentage for WCA in Tuesday’s rematch.

“I think we shot better (in the first game), and in this game they shot a lot better than they did in the home game,” Hunter Scherr said.

The Silverstreaks were also playing without starting senior guard Drew Fearing. Both Haden Hendricks and Scherr led the Osakis scoring with eight points each, and Lane Berberich finished with six.

Dakotah Kashmark and Jay Zimmerman led WCA with 17 points each. After the game, Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher knew WCA was having a great shooting night when he noticed they were 5-for-8 from three point range at halftime.

“I told the guys, ‘it’s not who we play but when we play them,’” he said. “I think when we played them there (in Barrett) they had not played for awhile, they were a little rusty. They just made shots today.”

WCA head coach Kraig Hunter was impressed with the way his team played in Osakis. The Knights had lost their past two games heading into Tuesday's contest.

"This was probably the best we've played all year," Hunter said. "I guess that shows a lot of character for our guys after a tough loss on Friday to come out and play with this kind of energy."

The loss dropped Osakis to 4-11 on the season while WCA jumped to 9-4.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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