The Osakis boys basketball team has made a habit of breezing past a lot of its competition this season, but the Silverstreaks had to work for win No. 23 on Monday night.
Osakis (23-2) went on the road to beat Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (11-15) in a 72-69 final where the Falcons pushed the Silverstreaks every step of the way. Osakis led by six at the break and then held on down the stretch after ACGC scored 41 second-half points.
“Tough battle in a place that's tough to play, especially when ACGC is allowed to get physical,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “They are strong and athletic and it forced us to play a style that we are not used to, but we had guys step up. (Carter) Grove played a great game on both ends of the floor and he used his energy to get us big rebounds and shots at key moments.”
Grove, a senior guard, had 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while also adding seven rebounds and two steals. Senior forward Kobie Lara had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Daniel Savageau followed up his 45-point performance at Upsala on Feb. 20 with 27 points, four assists and six rebounds against ACGC.
“They hounded Daniel, but guys found ways to get him open, and he hit shots,” Hoelscher said. “I thought Kobie played great defense on (senior forward Dawson) Miller in the second half, but guys over-helped at times and they had players hit threes. ACGC can score points, and they made us look bad a few times defensively. We played pretty good situational basketball, and guys that played all contributed in some way to help us get the win.”
It was the fifth straight win for Osakis heading into the regular-season finale. The Silverstreaks are at Long Prairie on Friday night to play the Thunder (8-15) at 7:15.
ACGC 28 41 - 69
OSAKIS 34 38 - 72
OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 25-61; Three-point FG - 7-21; FT - 15-21; Assists - 13; Rebounds - 35; Steals - 8; Turnovers - 11
OSAKIS - Luke Imdieke - 4 assists, 4 rebounds; Kobie Lara - 11 points, 2 assists, 10 rebounds, 2 steals; Carter Grove - 15 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, 2 steals; Luke Staloch - 5 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds; Bauer Klimek - 9 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 3 steals; Carter Rost - 5 points, 1 rebound; Daniel Savageau - 27 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal
B-E dominates on Senior Night
Brandon-Evansville celebrated its 10 seniors on Senior Night by sending them out with a dominant 56-10 win over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Monday night.
The Wolverines (1-22) have struggled all season, and the Chargers (18-7) held CGB to a season low in scoring and 30 points below its season average of 40 points-per game.
“Defensively, we played well,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “We weren't very good offensively to start the game, and honestly, were streaky all night. I'm glad we picked it up later on to get the win.”
The Chargers had 11 players score in all. Keagan Schiele had 11, and Tanner Bitzan added 10 as the two players in double figures.
“I want to say thank you to all 10 of our seniors -- Tanner Bitzan, Keagan Schiele, Marshall Riedel, Sam Fuller, Jesse Perleberg, Tony Schaffran, Andrew Johnson, Seth Stelzer, Andrew Perrin, and Max De Neys,” Hintermeister said.
Sam Fuller tore his ACL and meniscus in his knee in September. It was a special night for him as he played three minutes on Senior Night and put in six points, including a second-half three.
“I can't imagine the impact he would have provided us this season, but I'm really happy he was able to get out there tonight and play a little,” Hintermeister said.
Brandon-Evansville will wrap up the regular season on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in Evansville against 22-2 West Central Area.
CGB 5 5 - 10
B-E SCORING - Titus Fuller - 9; Marshall Riedel - 2; Tyler Bitzan - 5; Kobe Reiland - Dezmond White - 2; Keagan Schiele - 11; Tony Schaffran - 2; Seth Stelzer - 2; Brian Lauthen - 1; Tanner Bitzan - Sam Fuller - 6
CGB SCORING - Cole Gilsdorf - 2; Nate Moberg - 1; Alex Sigler - 4; Taylor Seifert - 1; Ryan Geray - 2
Lakers take top seed into 3AA Tournament
Minnewaska is rolling into the Section 3AA Tournament as the top seed and winners of six straight after beating Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 56-36 on Monday night.
The Lakers (18-6) held the Thunder (8-15) to just 11 first-half points. That helped them build a 26-point lead that they never came close to relinquishing.
Grant Jensen had 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and eight steals. Peyton Johnsrud added 12 points on a night when 10 different players scored for Minnewaska.
The Lakers now look ahead to the playoffs and the tournament opener on Saturday at 7 p.m. They host eighth-seeded Montevideo that night. The Lakers beat the Thunder Hawks (1-24) 50-37 on Dec. 20 and 74-52 on Jan. 31.
Morris Area (15-10) was seeded second in the North subsection. Redwood Valley (17-9) is third, Benson (15-11) fourth, Paynesville Area (15-11) fifth, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (11-15) sixth and New London-Spicer (4-21) rounds out the field as the seventh seed. Jackson County Central (16-7) is the top seed in the South half of the field.
LPGE 11 25 - 36
MINNEWASKA 37 19 - 56
MINNEWASKA TOTALS - FG - 22-53; Three-point FG - 4-21; FT - 8-16; Assists - 13; Blocks - 3; Rebounds - 27; Steals - 17; Turnovers - 10
MINNEWASKA - Mason Stewart - 2 points, 1 steal; Peyton Johnsrud - 12 points, 1 block, 1 steal; Mitchel Gruber - 3 points, 1 rebound; Connor Johnsrud - 4 points, 2 blocks, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Grant Jensen - 16 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 8 steals; Aiden Tank - 2 rebounds; Sam Hested - 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Drew Nelson - 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Aaron VerSteeg - 5 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Jaden Stewart - 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound; Luke Barkeim - 1 point, 1 assist, 4 rebounds; Damon Uhde - 4 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Cole Harste - 1 assist; Brady Hoffman - 6 points, 2 rebounds
LPGE SCORING - Pedro Jimenez - 15; Joseph Mena - 6; Aron Medina - 4; Christian Bearson - 6; Lance Larson - 3; Ian Langford - 12
Arrows win third straight
Ashby won its third straight game on Monday night by taking care of Park Christian (9-16) in a 77-61 final.
The Arrows (17-8) led 39-28 at the half and shot 27-of-49 for the game. They did their damage from behind the arch, where Ashby hit 11-of-18 threes. Sophomore guard Torin Olson led the charge with five triples and 28 points overall to go with his six assists. Jaden Norby added 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Hunter Norby had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Ashby is part of a group of five teams with at least 17 wins in the Section 6A-South field. The Arrows play Wheaton-Herman-Norcross in the regular-season finale on Thursday night at 7:30 before the playoffs start the following week.
"It will be a good team coming out of there," Ashby head coach John Holsten said of the 6A South. "That’s all I know. I think there’s going to be some good games."
ASHBY 77, PARK CHRISTIAN 61
ASHBY - Derrek Bartz - 6 points; Hunter Norby - 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists; Torin Olson - 28 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists; Jacob Cook - 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists; Ashton Ecker - 2 rebounds, 6 assists; Bobby Anderson - 1 rebound; Jaden Norby - 20 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal