The Osakis boys basketball team has had two close games against Browerville-Eagle Valley this winter and found a way to win both of them.
The Silverstreaks (12-4) edged the Tigers (4-10) by six on Feb. 4. Browerville almost spoiled Osakis’ perfect season in the Prairie Conference, but a 70-66 win for the Silverstreaks on Friday finished off a 10-0 record in league play for Osakis.
“We were able to escape with a win even though we didn't play well on both ends of the floor,” head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We had poor communication defensively and were not able to find (Dylan) Uphus on screens, which allowed him to get to the rim or free-throw line. He was also hitting threes, which made him a tough matchup. We continually dig ourselves a hole by fouling too much, which disrupts our offense because we have guys playing spots they are not accustomed to playing.”
Osakis junior center Brady Mages had 25 points and 14 rebounds and junior guard Bauer Klimek finished with 22 points. Freshman Drew Imdieke added 11 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line.
Osakis shot 37% overall, including 7-of-23 from three.
“We had good looks against their zone, but we struggled making threes or finishing around the rim at times,” Hoelscher said. “Give them credit. They had a great game plan and they executed it better most of the game until we were able to get Brady going down low and Bauer was able to make threes at big moments. Drew (Imdieke) did a nice job making free throws down the stretch. We haven't played well the last two games as a cohesive unit, so we have to find a way to get back to that this next week before playoffs start.”
The Silverstreaks are at Minnewaska (6-8) on March 11 before welcoming in a talented Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta team (13-2) on March 12 at 7:15 p.m.
BROWERVILLE-EV 27 39 - 66
OSAKIS 27 43 - 70
OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 23-61; Three-point FG - 7-23; FT - 17-27; Assists - 13; Blocks - 2; Rebounds - 37; Steals - 10; Deflections - 8; Turnovers - 13
OSAKIS - Mekai Hoelscher - 3 rebounds; Kellen Anderson - 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Stewart Jones - 2 points, 2 rebounds; Kyle Mages - 6 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Isaac Maddock - 1 point; Bauer Klimek - 22 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Drew Imdieke - 11 points, 4 assists; Carter Watnaas - 1 block, 7 rebounds, 1 steal; Brady Mages - 25 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 14 rebounds, 1 steal
Knights dominate Ortonville
West Central Area (10-4) handed Ortonville its eighth straight loss on Friday in a 59-21 win for the Knights.
The Trojans scored just nine first-half points as WCA built a 19-point lead. Ryder Staples and Grant Beuckens led the offense with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
“Good defensive effort,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “The Trojans scored two field goals in the first two minutes and two in the last two minutes, and we held them to three total field goals in the middle 32 minutes and seven total for the game."
WCA 28 31 - 59
ORTONVILLE 9 12 - 21
WCA - Ryder Staples - 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists; Grant Beuckens - 12 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds; Brady Reeve - 8 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals; Tate Christenson - 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals; Cole Anderson - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists; Jacob Strunk - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals; Cam Anerson - 4 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists; Xander Bontjes - 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist; Nathaniel Junker - 2 points
ORTONVILLE SCORING - Owen Longnecker - 6; Dru Boots - 5; Nathan Miska - 4; Dante Fetters - 3; Micah Heinrich - 2; Zack Anderson - 1
Boys scores from Friday, March 5
(Stats not yet available)
Ashby (15-0) 76, Upsala (11-5) 48
Girls scores from Friday, March 5
Osakis (8-6) 48, Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (4-12) 46 F/OT