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Osakis boys basketball: Big second half downs Silverstreaks

It was a tail of two halves in the Osakis basketball team's home opener against Bertha-Hewitt on Tuesday. The Silverstreaks were able to slow down the Bears' offense over the first 18 minutes and only trailed 24-23 at halftime. But Bertha-Hewitt ...

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Osakis sophomore point guard Zack Weir goes up for a shot over Bertha-Hewitt’s Zach Mousseau (11) during Tuesday’s game. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

It was a tail of two halves in the Osakis basketball team’s home opener against Bertha-Hewitt on Tuesday.

The Silverstreaks were able to slow down the Bears’ offense over the first 18 minutes and only trailed 24-23 at halftime. But Bertha-Hewitt came out firing in the second half, starting with an 11-5 run to take an early 35-28 lead. From there, the Silverstreaks were unable to recover in a 61-48 loss.
Head coach Matt Hoelscher said Osakis’ inexperienced lineup, which only has one senior, did not respond well to the early second-half run from the Bears. The Silverstreaks made three or four turnovers in a row while trying to come back from the deficit.
“We have a lot of guys who are not experienced, so when a team makes a run, I think sometimes we get a little too antsy,” Hoelscher said. “We tried to overcompensate; we tried to do things we were not accustomed to doing.”
The Osakis players felt they played well in the first half but did not come out with the same intensity after halftime. Senior forward Cody DeWenter said that made a big difference in the second half.
“Overall, we did fine,” DeWenter said. “The second half kind of killed us. In all of our games, we’ve got to come out in the second half, and we haven’t been doing that.”
Hoelscher said the Silverstreaks’ plan was to use a box-and-one defense with a defender sticking to Bertha-Hewitt’s Preston Riewer in an attempt to slow him down. The plan worked in the first half as he only managed to grab four points.
“Our plan coming in was to stop Riewer,” Hoelscher said. “We did a box-one on them, and we just wanted other guys to beat us on the team. And unfortunately, they did.”
Riewer caught fire in the second half, scoring 17 points to end up with 21 on the night. Jordan Frethem was second on the Bears’ scoring chart with 16 points.
The Silverstreaks felt the Bears’ shooting success made a huge difference after they were held to 24 points in the first half. Bertha-Hewitt scored 37 points in the second half, while Osakis was held to 25.
The Silverstreaks said the Bears did not have the same physical advantage over them as Eden Valley-Watkins did in a 65-31 victory on November 25. But strong shooting proved to be a difference maker on Tuesday.
“Eden Valley-Watkins, when we played them, they were a lot taller and stronger, but this came down to them hitting shots … over us,” sophomore guard Zack Weir said.
Weir led the Silverstreaks with 12 points on the night. DeWenter, John Boogaard and Preston Graham also contributed eight points apiece.
One area of play that hurt the Silverstreaks throughout the game was free throw shooting. Osakis went to the line 19 times but only managed to come away with eight points.
Hoelscher said free throw shooting is something that the Silverstreaks need to work on this year to help close the gap with their opponents.
“Free throws are the main thing,” Hoelscher said. “We talked about our defense sometimes being our Achilles’ heel and giving up too many offensive rebounds, but it was evident today that our free throws really hurt us.”
The loss dropped Osakis to 0-3 on the season.
GAME STATISTICS
BERTHA-HEWITT – 24 37 – 61
OSAKIS – 23 25 – 48
OSAKIS OFFENSE – Zach Weir – 12 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Ethan Chalmers – 5 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds; Haden Hendricks – 4 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds; Kalib Schwardt – 3 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds; Cody DeWenter – 8 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds; John Boogaard – 8 points, 5 assists, 4 blocks, 6 rebounds; Preston Graham – 8 points, 2 rebounds
B-H OFFENSE – Preston Riewer – 21 points; Jordan Frethem – 16 points; Riley Boehland – 8 points; Tylor Waln – 4 points; Zach Mousseau – 9 points; CJ Baumgartner – 3 points

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