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Roundup: Osakis boys grab eighth win, while B-E boys and girls dominate after halftime to run away with wins

Minnewaska boys fall to Melrose.

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Bauer Klimek

The Osakis boys basketball team improved to 8-2 on Friday night by outlasting Staples-Motley (4-7) in a 66-58 final.

Senior Bauer Klimek had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and sophomore Kyle Mages added 16 points to go with 7 rebounds and 2 steals.

The Silverstreaks led 40-23 at the half and then held off a comeback attempt from the Cardinals as Staples-Motley put up 35 points after the break.

“Staples really tested us as they played hard and didn't give us anything easy,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We didn't shoot really well and we missed some shots around the basket. We also got into foul trouble, which changed our dynamics of how we wanted to play. We've had a long week and guys are sore/tired, but we have one more game (Saturday) before we get a nice break in our schedule.”

The Silverstreaks get a chance to play at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday as they face Melrose (4-6) at 4 p.m.

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STAPLES-MOTLEY 23 35 - 58

OSAKIS 40 26 - 66

OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 26-55; Three-point FG - 5-18; FT - 9-11; Assists - 8; Blocks - 2; Rebounds - 36; Steals - 7; Deflections - 5; Turnovers - 13

OSAKIS - Stewart Jones - 8 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds; Grant Mages - 4 points, 2 rebounds; Isaac Maddock - 7 points, 1 assist; Kyle Mages - 16 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals; Bauer Klimek - 20 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Chayce Meyer - 1 rebound; Mekai Hoelscher - 1 block, 1 rebound; Carter Watnaas - 4 points, 1 block, 7 rebounds, 1 steal; Brady Mages - 7 points, 1 assist, 11 rebounds, 1 steal

Melrose knocks off Minnewaska

Melrose improved to 4-6 by knocking off Minnewaska on Friday night in a 62-45 game.

Conner Engelmeyer led the Dutchmen with 26 points, and Conner Anderson added 10. Damon Uhde led the Lakers with 12 points, while Ethan Quelle added 11.

MELROSE 62, MINNEWASKA 45

MINNEWASKA - Tate Reichmann - 4 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound; Ethan Quelle - 11 points, 4 steals; Alec Larson - 3 points; Damon Uhde - 12 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Tenzin Dahl - 9 points, 1 rebound; Hunter Kostelecky - 7 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 3 rebounds; Noah Danielson - 1 rebound; Jack Larson - 1 rebound, 1 steal

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Second-half propels B-E boys past Underwood

Heading into halftime against the Underwood Rockets, the Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team had a 42-30 thanks to strong offense. But in the second half, not only did the Chargers strong offensive output continue, but the defense completely shut down the Rockets offense, as they only scored 10 points in the second half in an 84-40 win for the Chargers.

“I thought we were slow, unaggressive, and not ready to play in the first half against Underwood. The halftime score was 42-30 due to Underwood playing harder and executing better than us in the first half,” Chargers head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “In the second half, our guys came out much more aggressive and played team defense to get the win. We were able to get everyone in the game and see some players get extended minutes, which is always fun.”

Brandon-Evansville forced Underwood to commit 27 turnovers, and Underwood only made 30.2% of its shots.

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Titus Fuller

Titus Fuller led the Chargers in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Tyler Bitzan finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also finished with a team-high in steals with six and in assists with seven.

Brandon-Evansville (5-4) is on the road again Tuesday against the West Central Area Knights (7-2).

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“We have two more road games next week before we finally get a couple home games,” Hintermeister said. “Starting off our season with 11 of our first 12 games on the road has been a good test for us mentally.”

Brandon-Evansville 84, Underwood 40

B-E- Titus Fuller 18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists; Tyler Bitzan 14 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals; Dezmond White 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals; Brady Perleberg 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 assist; Carter White 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Micah Fuller 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Lucas Fuller 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Aaron Gillespie 5 points, 2 rebounds; Riley Perleberg 4 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Stephen Hamilton 2 rebounds; Nathan Anderson 1 rebound, 1 steal

B-E girls run away from Rothsay

Much like the boys did on the road against Underwood, the Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team (5-4) had a strong second half performance to win on Friday 61-29 against the Rothsay Tigers (1-8).

The Chargers had just 21 points in the first half, but their defense held the Tigers to 15 points before halftime. In the second half, the Chargers outscored the Tigers 41-14.

“It was a really good all-around effort from our girls tonight,” head coach Zach Traphagen said. “We are starting to figure things out a little better defensively, and that's really helping us on the offensive side as well. Our rebounding was on point tonight as well, especially on the offensive glass.”

The Chargers had 28 rebounds, led by Grace Otto with six.

Kylee Dingwall led the Chargers with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

By beating Rothsay, the Chargers got their first home victory of the season.

“It's nice to get our first win at home and start off 2022 with a win,” Traphagen said.

The Chargers are on the road Tuesday to face Parkers Prairie (3-4).

“Next week will be very busy with three games, so it's important that we continue taking strides forward in our improvement on a daily basis,” Traphagen said.

Brandon-Evansville 61, Rothsay 29

B-E- Kylee Dingwall 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists; Olivia Otto 14 points, 4 steals, 4 rebounds, Sydney Schaefer 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist; Madison Anderson 6 points, 1 steal; Emmalee Brethorst 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Grace Otto 4 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 assist; Hadley Baune 3 points, 2 rebounds; Kiley Lund 2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assists; Sophie Koep 1 point, 1 assist; Kaytlyn Pattrin 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound, 1 block; Skyler Bitzan 2 rebounds, 2 assists; Kayla Bitzan-Anderson 1 rebound

Boys basketball scores from Jan. 7

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Alexandria (8-1) 71, St. Cloud Apollo (4-6) 45

Girls basketball scores from Jan. 7

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Minnewaska (6-4) 60, Melrose (1-9) 38

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