Osakis boys basketball (9-2, 8-0 Prairie Conference) bounced back from a 34% shooting night in a loss to Eden Valley-Watkins (11-1) on Feb. 16 to shoot 56% (29-51) in a 73-44 win at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (4-7, 4-5 Prairie) that gives Osakis at least a share of the conference title.
That included 12-of-24 shooting from three. Junior guard Bauer Klimek had eight of those triples on 14 attempts on his way to a game-high 30 points.
“Bauer caught fire early in the game, which was great to see as he has been struggling a bit from the three-point line,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “When he is in a zone, he's very tough to guard because he's quick and can drive by guys if they get too close. That opened up post-up chances for Brady (Mages) and Carter (Watnaas) and then our penetration and spacing with the ninth-graders and (senior) Kellen (Anderson) really made us a dynamic offense tonight.”
Mages had nine points and Watnaas and freshman guard Drew Imdieke each added eight. Osakis put up 42 in the first half and held the Thunder to 16 points over the final 18 minutes.
“LPGE made shots early on and kept it close, but we made a run at the end of the half and Kellen had a big basket that gave us momentum going into the break,” Hoelscher said. “This win gives us at least a tie for the Prairie Conference, which was one of our goals at the beginning of the season. The coaching staff couldn't be prouder of our guys, especially with the way our season began.”
The win means the Silverstreaks will win at least a share of the Prairie Conference championship for the fifth straight season. A win over either Swanville (4-6, 2-5 Prairie) on March 2 or Browerville-Eagle Valley (3-6, 3-4 Prairie) on March 5 would give Osakis sole possession of the title.
LPGE 28 16 - 44
OSAKIS 42 31 - 73
OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 29-51; Three-point FG - 12-24; FT - 3-3; Assists - 17; Blocks - 1; Rebounds - 26; Steals - 4; Deflections - 8; Turnovers - 10
OSAKIS - Mekai Hoelscher - 5 points, 3 rebounds; Kellen Anderson - 6 points, 2 rebounds; Tyler Hagen - 2 points, 1 steal; Stewart Jones - 3 rebounds; Kyle Mages - 2 points, 5 assists; Isaac Maddock - 3 points; Bauer Klimek - 30 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds; Drew Imdieke - 8 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds; Chayce Meyer - 2 rebounds; Carter Watnaas - 8 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Brady Mages - 9 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal