Boys' basketball: Section 6AA-West playoffs

A win over Breckenridge Saturday afternoon earned the Minnewaska Lakers a spot in last night's Section 6AA-West championship against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, while West Central Area and Osakis saw their seasons come to an end.

Allen, Bosek, Waldvogel
Lori Mork, Echo Press Minnewaska's Shane Bosek (4) tries to go over the top of Osakis' Devin Waldovgel (15) while teammate Andrew Allen (far left) hangs on. Bosek was called for the offensive foul on the drive, but went on to score 16 points in the Lakers' victory over the Silverstreaks in the Section 6AA-West opener.

A win over Breckenridge Saturday afternoon earned the Minnewaska Lakers a spot in last night's Section 6AA-West championship against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, while West Central Area and Osakis saw their seasons come to an end.

Minnewaska 65,

Breckenridge 45

Minnewaska avenged its 61-46 loss to Breckenridge the previous week with a 65-45 win over the Cowboys Saturday afternoon.

Their reward was a third meeting with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in last night's Section 6AA-West final.


The winner of that game will face either Melrose or New London-Spicer out of the east half of the section on Saturday at St. Cloud State University Friday night at 8 p.m.

Minnewaska came out strong in the first half to take a 10-point lead at the break, but saw the Cowboys outscore them 12-8 to start the second half, cutting the lead to 36-30.

The Lakers responded in kind, going on their own run of 13-4 as they cruised to a 20-point victory.

Brady Johnsrud made his presence known in the second half as he scored 16 of his game-high 18 points, with the final five at the charity stripe.

Shane Bosek kept the Lakers in the game during the first half as he had 10 of his 16 points.

Ben Peters and Trenton Berg each contributed nine points in the win.


BRECKENRIDGE 18 27 -- 45


MINNEWASKA 28 37 -- 65

throws 14-17, Rebounds 13, Fouls 20.

MINNEWASKA - Brady Johnsrud 18, Ben Peters 9, Trenton Berg 9, Andrew Ostrander 7, Eric Elbe 2, Shane Bosek 16, Blake Johnsrud 4. Field goals 26-43, 3-pt 1-9 (Br. Johnsrud 1), Assists 13 (Br. Johnsrud 3), Rebounds 26 (Br. Johnsrud 9, Bosek 9), Steals 7 (Br. Johnsrud 3), Blocked shots 2 (Peters 1, Bosek 1), Turnovers 11, Fouls 16.

LPGE 56, WCA 35

After an exciting double overtime victory over Morris in the opening round, the Knights couldn't keep up the momentum, falling to second-seeded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Saturday afternoon.

"We made a real nice run to end the first half and still be in the game," said coach Kraig Hunter. "We had a couple of chances early in the second half to make it close, but could not convert."

West Central Area trailed 28-20 at the half.

Beau Kashmark and Dakotah Kashmark had 12 and 11 points respectively for the Knights, with B. Kashmark pulling down five rebounds and three assists.




LONG PRAIRIE-GE 28 28 -- 56

WEST CENTRAL AREA - Beau Kashmark 12, Dakotah Kashmark 11, Jake Boeddeker 3, Christian Hammer 3, Carson Hunter 2, Bryan Starner 2, Neil Hyttsten 2. Field goals 11-35, 3-pt 5-15, Free throws 8-14, Turnovers 17, Rebounds 18 (B. Kashmark 5).

After a sluggish first half, the Minnewaska Lakers increased their defensive intensity and rolled to a 69-40 opening win in the Section 6AA-West quarterfinals Thursday night.

Osakis kept the Lakers off their game in the first half, utilizing a strong zone defense and keeping the game close as the half closed out with Minnewaska in the lead 26-21.

Halftime adjustments saw the Lakers work both their inside and outside game, and an increased defense held the Silverstreaks to just five points in the first nine minutes of the second half.

Minnewaska outscored Osakis 43-19 in the second half as Brady Johnsrud poured in 19 points, Shane Bosek added 16 - seven of those at the free throw line - and Ben Peters with 15, 11 of those in the second half.


OSAKIS 21 19 -- 40

MINNEWASKA 26 43 -- 69

OSAKIS - Andrew Allen 8, Jordan Mack 5, Joe Roggenbuck 16, Justin Kraemer 3, Collin Dague 5, Mitch Herzog 2, Kyle Zimmel 1. Field goals 14-55, 3-pt 3-16 (Mack 1, Roggenbuck 1, Kraemer 1), Free throws 9-14, Rebounds 26 (Roggenbuck 7, Allen 5, Dague 5), Assists 12 (Herzog 3, Waldvogel 3), Steals 4 (Dague 2), Turnovers 11, Fouls 16.

MINNEWASKA - Brady Johnsrud 19, Blake Johnsrud 5, Shane Bosek 16, Andrew Ostrander 1, Trenton Berg 4, Jeff Pooler 5, Eric Elbe 4, Ben Peters 15. Field goals 23-44, 3-pt 6-23 (Bl. Johnsrud 1, Br. Johnsrud 3, Pooler 1), Free throws 17-24, Rebounds 35 (Bosek 7, Br. Johnsrud 7), Assists 15 (Austin Giese 5, Bl. Johnsrud 4), Steals 8 (Br. Johnsrud 2, Peters 2), Blocked shots 3 (Bosek 2), Fouls 18.

WCA 62, Morris 61 2OT

Colton Blascyk led the West Central Area with 23 points Thursday night, but none were more important than the two scored at the buzzer in the second overtime of West Central Area's 62-61 victory over Morris Area.

Blascyk scored a three-point shot in the waning moments of regulation to put the Knights up by one before Morris' Alex Erickson hit one of his two free throw attempts to send the game to overtime.

It was Blascyk who scored all five of the Knights' first overtime points to keep them in the game and send them to the second extra session, and it was the senior guard who drove through the middle of the lane and put a layup off the glass at the buzzer, giving West Central Area the win.

"What an exciting game," said Knight coach Kraig Hunter. "I guess it shows a lot of character for our kids to suffer an overtime loss to Morris last year in the playoffs and a few close losses this year, to hang on, keep chipping away and responding to pressure."

Blascyk also had four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Christian Hammer had 15 points, and Beau Kashmark pulled down five rebounds.


WCA 16 34 5 7 -- 62

MORRIS 18 32 5 6 -- 61

WEST CENTRAL AREA - Colton Blascyk 23, Christian Hammer 15, Beau Kashmark 9, Bryan Starner 6, Jake Boeddeker 4, Dakotah Kashmark 3, Drew Peterson 2. Field goals 25-57, 3-pt 7-21 (Blascyk 3, D. Kashmark 1, B. Kashmark 1, Hammer 2), Free throws 5-11, Rebounds 27 (B. Kashmark 5, Starner 5), Turnovers 21, Fouls 18.

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