The Osakis boys basketball team lost a first-half lead in the season opener against Eden Valley-Watkins on Dec. 3, but the Silverstreaks kept their foot on the gas in an 81-70 win at Paynesville Area on Tuesday.

Osakis (1-1) put up 42 points in the first half, and then scored 39 in the second to hold off a good offensive night from the Bulldogs (1-2).

“Very physical and fast-paced game as both teams got out and ran in transition,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We did a nice job taking their three-point shot away but they are so quick that we gave up some layups off of penetration, back-door cuts, and dump-down passes to guys around the rim when we over helped on drives. Paynesville puts a lot of pressure on teams with their quickness and outside shooting ability, so you have to play solid defense by moving your feet and making sure you communicate on rotations and switches. I thought we did a good job of that for most of the game.”

The Silverstreaks shot 46% (30-65), including 23-of-42 from inside the arc. Senior guard Bauer Klimek had 29 points, while senior center Brady Mages added 17 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Kyle Mages had an all-around game of 10 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds.

“Offensively, we did a great job getting inside to Brady and Chayce (Meyer),” Hoelscher said. “We cleaned up our passing from last game and completed the pass to open guys around the rim and we were able to execute on our possessions when we needed a basket. Chayce did a great job filling in for Carter (Watnaas), who was out sick. He gave us a spark with all his energy by crashing the offensive boards. Even though Brady had foul trouble, he was able to assert himself on offense and we took advantage of that. We got great guard play from Bauer, Stewart (Jones) and Kyle. All three got out in transition and made plays for us."

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Isaac Maddock added two big threes, and sophomore Mekai Hoelscher also hit a big triple.

“Drew (Imdieke) is a great floor general who knows where everyone should be, so he gets us organized when we need it,” coach Hoelscher said. “It was a great team win against a solid team, and I'm proud of how we bounced back after Eden Valley-Watkins.”

PAYNESVILLE 35 35 - 70

OSAKIS 42 39 - 81

OSAKIS TOTAL - FG - 30-65; Three-point FG - 7-23; FT - 14-20; Assists - 16; Blocks - 3; Rebounds - 39; Steals - 9; Deflections - 11; Turnovers - 11

OSAKIS - Stewart Jones - 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Grant Mages - 1 rebound; Kyle Mages - 10 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 steal; Bauer Klimek - 29 points, 3 assists, 1 block, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Drew Imdieke - 1 assist; Chayce Meyer - 4 points, 2 assists, 10 rebounds, 1 steal; Mekai Hoelscher - 3 points, 2 rebounds; Brady Mages - 17 points, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 9 rebounds, 3 steals

Knights leave no doubt

West Central Area (2-0) built a 46-18 lead at the half on Tuesday and rolled to a 69-42 win over Staples-Motley.

“Our defensive pressure was very good,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “We were very active and totally disrupted their offense in the first half. When we had the ball, they tried man-to-man and zone against us and I felt we moved the ball very well in both, getting assists on many of our baskets. We got to play all 14 players for extensive minutes in the second half. We are playing well as a team so far with everyone being very unselfish and all 14 guys contributing."

Cole Anderson (17), Ryder Staples (16) and Cam Anderson (10) all scored in double figures for WCA. Nas Dotts added 8 points, 5 steals, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 6 deflections.

“Nas was all over the floor tonight making plays in many areas,” Hunter said. “Isaac (Kreft) helped spark us early with three offensive boards and he also does a lot of little things that don't show up in the stats as far as screening and someone we can trust in our team defense."


TOTAL - WCA - FG - 26-54; Three-point FG - 9-26; FT - 8-17; Rebounds - 33; Staples-Motley - FG - 16-44; Three-point FG - 2-20; FT - 8-12; Rebounds - 29; Turnovers - 25

WCA - Cole Anderson - 17 points, 3 assists, 3 steals; Ryder Staples - 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Cam Anderson - 10 points, 3 assists, 2 steals; Nas Dotts - 8 points, 5 steals, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 6 deflections; Mitch Dewey - 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Peyton Hanson - 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Jacob Strunk - 3 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; Isaac Kreft - 2 points, 4 rebounds; Damon Sanstead - 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Bryce Kjesbo - 3 rebounds, 2 assists; Roman Mihailovski - 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Brayden Stark - 1 steal; Tyler Biss - 1 block

Scores from Tuesday, Dec. 7

(State not yet available)

Hillcrest Lutheran (1-0) 54, Brandon-Evansville (1-1) 46

Swanville (2-1) 78, Parkers Prairie (1-1) 74

Minnewaska (1-1) 50, Litchfield (0-2) 48