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Boys roundup: Osakis fends off Minnewaska in the second half

The Silverstreaks won a fourth straight game to improve to 4-1 behind four players in double figures, including a game-high 27 from senior guard Bauer Klimek.

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Osakis senior guard Bauer Klimek goes in for a layup against Browerville-Eagle Valley in a game played on Dec. 16, 2021. Klimek had a game-high 27 points in leading the Silverstreaks (4-1) to a 68-57 win over Minnewaska (1-5) on Tuesday night. Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

The Osakis boys basketball team fought off a good effort from Minnewaska on Tuesday night to win a fourth straight game and improve to 4-1 overall.

The Silverstreaks shot 46%. That helped them build a 38-26 lead at the half before holding off the Lakers in a 68-57 final after Minnewaska (1-5) scored 31 points after halftime.

“Very back-and-forth game against a scrappy, hard working Minnewaska team,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We got down early, but the guys battled back as we were able to get out in transition thanks to applying pressure defensively. Bauer (Klimek) had a stretch where he made some big threes and we got good bench minutes as we got into foul trouble again.”

Klimek, a senior guard, had a game-high 27 points on 10-of-24 shooting overall and a 6-of-14 night from three. Brady Mages and Kyle Mages had 14 and 11 points, respectively, and Stewart Jones finished with 10 to make it four in double figures for Osakis.

The Lakers had three in double figures to keep Minnewaska close. Damon Uhde had 21. Hunter Kostelecky finished with 17, and Ethan Quelle added 10.

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“We need to find ways to stop teams from getting back into the game,” Hoelscher said. “We tend to have bad shot selection and miscommunications on defense, but we found a way to gut out the win. We feel good about being 4-1 going into the break, but we know we have stuff to work on.”

OSAKIS 38 30 - 68

MINNEWASKA 26 31 - 57

OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 27-58; Three-point FG - 6-18; FT - 8-18; Assists - 15; Rebounds - 28; Steals - 15; Turnovers - 14

OSAKIS - Stewart Jones - 10 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Grant Mages - 2 points, 2 rebounds; Kyle Mages - 11 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 4 steals; Bauer Klimek - 27 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Drew Imdieke - 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Chayce Meyer - 2 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds; Mekai Hoelscher - 2 points, 1 assist, 1 steal; Carter Watnaas - 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Brady Mages - 14 points, 1 block, 6 rebounds, 3 steals

MINNEWASKA SCORING - Tate Reichmann - 4; Ethan Quelle - 10; Jack Larson - 2; Damon Uhde - 21; Hunter Kostelecky - 17; PJ Johnson - 3

Scores from Tuesday, Dec. 21

(Stats not yet available)

Alexandria (6-0) 65, Rocori (1-6) 62

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Ashby (4-0) 82, Ortonville (0-7) 47

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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