The Osakis boys basketball team won its seventh straight game on Friday night as the Silverstreaks withstood a challenge from Paynesville (9-7) to move to 15-1.

It was a 38-34 game at the half, but Osakis shot 50% for the game. That offense was enough to hold off the Bulldogs by a 71-60 final.

“Tough battle tonight against a good team that shoots the ball really well,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We jumped on them early and to their credit, they battled back by hitting threes, post-ups, and finding gaps in our defense. They gave us issues on the defensive end as we didn't match up well, and they found ways to exploit it. Luckily, we got some transition baskets and got Paynesville in foul trouble.”

Senior guard Daniel Savageau had another huge game with 33 points, six rebounds and five steals. He hit 6-of-10 threes and 9-of-10 free throws.

“Daniel hit some big shots and we made free throws down the stretch,” Hoelscher said.

Kobie Lara and Luke Staloch both had nine points, as well.

OSAKIS 38 33 - 71

PAYNESVILLE 34 26 - 60

OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 25-50; Three-point FG - 7-18; FT - 14-21; Assists - 13; Blocks - 2; Rebounds - 32; Steals - 10; Turnovers - 9

OSAKIS - Luke Imdieke - 5 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Kobie Lara - 9 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals; Carter Grove - 7 points, 3 rebounds; Luke Staloch - 9 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 9 rebounds, 1 steal; Bauer Klimek - 2 points; Carter Rost - 4 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Daniel Savageau - 33 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals; Brady Mages - 2 points, 3 rebounds

Knights coast past CGB

West Central Area is 13-2 after an easy win over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Friday.

The Knights won 71-24 by hitting 54% percent of their shots against a now 0-13 Wolverines team.

Grant Beuckens had a game-high 22 points to go with six rebounds, four steals and four assists for WCA. Gage Staples added 15 points, Jacob Bright had 11 and Jack Van Kempen had 10.

WCA 71, CGB 24

TOTALS - WCA - FG - 26-48; Three-point FG - 10-26; FT - 9-15; Rebounds - 28; CGB - 7-17; Three-point FG - 1-7; FT - 9-19; Rebounds - 14

WCA - Grant Beuckens - 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals; Gage Staples - 15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals; Jacob Bright - 11 points, 3 assists, 3 steals; Jack Van Kempen - 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Tate Christenson - 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals; Ryder Staples - 2 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound; Brady Reeve - 1 point, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists; Xander Bontjes - 2 points; Isaac Kreft - 2 points; Jacob Strunk - 3 assists, 2 steals; Cole Anderson - 1 assist, 1 steal

B-E offense goes cold against Battle Lake

Brandon-Evansville had a season-low in points on Friday night in a 42-38 loss at Battle Lake.

The Chargers (8-6, 4-3 Little Eight Conference) beat the Battlers (3-8, 2-4 LEC) by 30 points on Dec. 7, but it was a much different game on Friday as Battle Lake won its third straight game, and B-E dropped its second straight.

“I thought Battle Lake played more physical than us,” Chargers head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “They rebounded better than us and executed in the second half better than us. Give credit to their players and coaches for the way this game ended up. We will continue to grind, get better, and hopefully get healthy.”

Brennan Amundson led all scorers with 17 points for the Battlers. Riley Leabo added 14 as Battle Lake rebounded from a 15-point first half to get the win after trailing by five at the break.

Marshall Riedel had 13 points for B-E. Keagan Schiele added 10 on a night when the Chargers played without senior forward Tanner Bitzan.

BATTLE LAKE 15 27 - 42

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 20 18 - 38

BATTLE LAKE SCORING - Riley Leabo - 14; Brennan Amundson - 17; Brady VanErp - 2; Jack Meckalson - 2; Drew Durbin - 2; Drew Johnson - 3; Connor Drake - 2

B-E SCORING - Marshall Riedel - 13; Tyler Bitzan - 5; Keagan Schiele - 10; Seth Stelzer - 2; Titus Fuller - 8

Cardinals win at Brainerd

Alexandria got its fourth straight win and moved to 11-4 in the process with a 61-51 win at Brainerd on Friday night.

The Cardinals shot 41% from the field, which included a 45% night from three. Sophomore Erik Hedstrom led the way with five triples and 20 points. Carrson Jones added 19 points, and Kristen Hoskins had 14.

Connor Powers had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead the Warriors (5-9), who had won three straight games coming into the night.

Alexandria is now 6-2 in the Central Lakes Conference. That’s tied for tops in the league after Fergus Falls (11-4, 6-2) beat St. Cloud Apollo (12-3, 5-2) 81-76 in overtime on Thursday night. The Eagles then dropped their second straight CLC game on Friday in an 86-84 loss to Rocori (8-8, 5-3 CLC)

ALEXANDRIA 61, BRAINERD 51

ALEXANDRIA TOTALS - FG - 23-56; Three-point FG - 10-22; FT - 5-11; Assists - 10; Blocks - 3; Rebounds - 25; Steals - 10; Turnovers - 7

ALEXANDRIA - Carter Steffensmeier - 2 rebounds; Carrson Jones - 19 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 4 rebounds, 6 steals; Kristen Hoskins - 14 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Isaac McCooy - 1 rebound; Ethan Patience - 1 assist, 2 rebounds; Erik Hedstrom - 20 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Colton Roderick - 8 points, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 5 rebounds, 1 steal



Lakers bounce back

Minnewaska snapped a two-game skid by beating Yellow Medicine East 64-49 on Friday.

The Lakers shot 42% and put three players in double figures. Aaron Ver Steeg led the charge with 21 points, 11 rebounds and six steals. Grant Jensen had 13 points and Peyton Johnsrud added 11.

MINNEWASKA 34 30 - 64

YME 27 22 - 49

MINNEWASKA TOTALS - Peyton Johnsrud - 11 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds; Connor Johnsrud - 1 rebound; Grant Jensen - 13 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Sam Hested - 8 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 2 steals; Drew Nelson - 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 5 steals; Aaron Ver Steeg - 21 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 11 rebounds, 6 steals; Luke Barkeim - 7 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 steals; Brady Hoffman - 4 points, 6 rebounds

YME SCORING - Elliott Korstad - 1; Kyle Chase - 16; Carter Sneller - 17; Tyler Syring - 2; Isaac Jimenez - 2; Hunter Johnson - 2; Cody Dahlager - 6; Nikson Knapper - 3