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Osakis makes strides, still falls to Bertha-Hewitt

Osakis took on an undefeated Bertha-Hewitt team for the second time this season on Tuesday night and came up short again as the Bears moved to 10-0 with a 74-63 win.

Osakis took on an undefeated Bertha-Hewitt team for the second time this season on Tuesday night and came up short again as the Bears moved to 10-0 with a 74-63 win.

The Silverstreaks lost to Bertha-Hewitt by 36 points the first time these two teams met on December 21. This time things would not come so easy for the Bears as Osakis kept within single digits for most of the game.

"I am about as pleased about our performance as I could be after a loss," Osakis head coach Chris Stroup said. "We put in place a game plan and challenged our players, and they stepped up and executed what we needed them to."

Marcus Riewer would not let the Bears lose, though, scoring 30 points, including 17 in the first half.

"We just couldn't keep [him] in check, despite solid defense from everyone we put on him," Stroup said. "We had a couple of spurts where we had breakdowns and a team like Bertha-Hewitt makes you pay."

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Leif Nomeland and Matt Laven kept the Silverstreaks in the game with an impressive night on the offensive end themselves. Both players scored 21 points, and Nomeland also added nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks to his line.

Adam Saulsbury did his part by holding Bertha-Hewitt guard Ryan Denny to only two points after he went off for 27 in the teams' previous match-up.

"This game was an excellent measuring stick for us," Stroup said. "Bertha really beat us up right before Christmas, and three weeks later we were fighting them to the end. We can really see our youth getting comfortable out there."

The Silverstreaks looked to get back in the win column last night as they traveled to St. John's Prep to take on the Johnnies. They return home next Tuesday to take on Eagle Valley.

GAME STATISTICS

OSAKIS 63

B-H 74

OSAKIS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS - Leif Nomeland - 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 assists, 4 blocks; Adam Saulsbury - 9 points, 1 steal, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 block; Matt Laven - 21 points, 2 steals, 4 assists, 1 rebound; Dominic Baker - 4 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds; Adam Sadlemyer - 6 points, 3 steals, 2 assists, 3 rebounds; Devin Waldvogel - 3 assists; Brad Capp - 2 points

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