Osakis breezes past Bulldogs to claim outright Prairie title

Junior guard Bauer Klimek hit six threes and finished with 30 points as five others finished with at least eight in a dominant offensive game for the Silverstreaks on Tuesday.

Osakis junior guard Bauer Klimek puts in a shot in front of Albany's Andrew Hahan on Feb. 26. Klimek had 30 points in helping the Silverstreaks secure an outright Prairie Conference title on Tuesday night with a win over Swanville. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Osakis boys basketball team had already clinched a share of the Prairie Conference title going into Tuesday night. The Silverstreaks wrapped it up all their own with a dominant 85-54 win over Swanville.

It’s the fifth straight season Osakis has won the conference championship.

“Great first half as the guys started slow but picked it up defensively, which got us out in transition for easy baskets,” head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “Bauer (Klimek) hit shots, which opened up a lot of driving lanes and post touches.”

Klimek, a junior guard, finished with 30 points on 12-of-21 shooting. He knocked down six threes, while freshman guard Kyle Mages had 12 points on a perfect 6-for-6 night. Kellen Anderson, Stewart Jones, Carter Watnaas and Brady Mages all added eight points.

The Silverstreaks (11-3, 9-0 Prairie) never gave the Bulldogs (5-10, 2-8 Prairie) a chance as they shot 56% overall and scored 65 first-half points.


“We did a great job sharing the basketball the first half and played as a team,” Hoelscher said. “We got a little sloppy in the second half as we tried to slow things down and run offense, causing us to play a little flat. It was good to get the win and take the Prairie Conference outright.”

OSAKIS 65 20 - 85

SWANVILLE 22 32 - 54

OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 37-65; Three-point FG - 6-14; FT - 5-8; Assists - 21; Blocks - 3; Rebounds - 28; Steals - 11; Turnovers - 10

OSAKIS - Mekai Hoelscher - 7 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals; Kellen Anderson - 8 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Stewart Jones - 8 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Kyle Mages - 12 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Bauer Klimek - 30 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Drew Imdieke - 4 points, 3 assists, 1 steal; Chayce Meyer - 1 rebound; Carter Watnaas - 8 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Brady Mages - 8 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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