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Boys basketball: Depth shines as Osakis coasts to 2-0

Osakis junior forward Kobie Lara fights for a loose ball in the post against ACGC on Thursday night. Lara had 11 points and 10 rebounds to help the Silverstreaks to a win. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)1 / 6
Osakis senior guard Johnny Lara looks for an open teammate against ACGC on Thursday night. Lara had 11 points, five assists and five rebounds to help the Silverstreaks to the 79-60 win. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)2 / 6
Osakis junior guard Daniel Savageau drives to the basket against ACGC on Thursday night. Savageau had 25 points, five assists, six rebounds and five steals in another dominant effort for him. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)3 / 6
Osakis senior Brandon Boogaard gets free for two of his 17 points against ACGC on Thursday night. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)4 / 6
Osakis senior Jacob Backes gets to the basket against ACGC on Thursday. Backes had five points in helping the Silverstreaks to the win. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)5 / 6
Osakis junior guard Carter Grove takes the ball into the defense of ACGC's Josh Kinzler during Thursday's game between the two teams in Osakis. (Lowell Andereson / Osakis Review)6 / 6

The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City boys basketball team was 2-0 heading into Thursday night, but the Falcons had no answer for Osakis.

The Silverstreaks burst out of the gates with a 46-point first half. That was part of a 53-percent shooting night (30-56) as Osakis improved to 2-0 itself with a 79-60 win.

“Great start for us as we caused turnovers and turned them unto fastbreak points,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “Our guys did a nice job running the floor and our guards found them in transition for easy shots. We played unselfish, which is one of our strengths. We have multiple guys that can do a lot of things offensively, which puts pressure on defenses.”

The Silverstreaks put four players in double figures. Daniel Savageau followed up a 30-point performance in the season opener with 25 points against ACGC. He added five assists, six rebounds and five steals.

It was part of a big night for a lot of players. Senior forward Brandon Boogaard had 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds. Johnny and Kobie Lara each had 11 points as Kobie finished with a double-double by adding 10 rebounds and Johnny chipped in five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

The Falcons put up a better fight in the second half, but the damage was already done after the quick start by Osakis. The Silverstreaks turned the ball over 19 times, but had 20 steals themselves defensively.

“We allowed them to climb back in it the second half, but guys responded well and got the lead back up to the 20s,” Hoelscher said. “We did have too many turnovers, which will happen when we play a high-paced game. When we can limit those, we feel we will be a tough team to play.”

Thursday’s win was the start of four straight home games for the Silverstreaks. They welcome in Browerville-Eagle Valley (2-1) on Tuesday night at 7:30 before Upsala (0-1) comes to Osakis on Dec. 14 at that same time.

OSAKIS     46 33 - 79

ACGC     31 29 - 60

OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 30-56; Three-point FG - 6-15; FT - 13-19; Assists - 19; Rebounds - 34; Steals - 20; Turnovers - 19

OSAKIS - Jacob Backes - 5 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound; Johnny Lara - 11 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Luke Imdieke - 5 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 6 steals; Kobie Lara - 11 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals; Carter Grove - 5 points, 2 assists, 1 steal; Luke Staloch - 1 assist, 1 rebound; Carter Rost - 1 assist, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Daniel Savageau - 25 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals; Brandon Boogaard - 17 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 1 steal

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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