Boys basketball: Big second half leads Sauk Centre to playoff win over Osakis
Sauk Centre trailed at halftime but put together a nice second half to defeat Osakis in the Section 6AA quarterfinals.
In a Section 6AA quarterfinal matchup on Saturday at St. John’s, the fifth-seeded Osakis Silverstreaks had the edge over the fourth-seeded Sauk Centre Mainstreeters in the first half.
Osakis jumped out to a 32-25 lead at the half.
But Sauk Centre responded swiftly in the second half, outscoring Osakis 33-23 in the second half to earn a 58-55 over Osakis to advance to the Section 6AA semifinals to play the top-seed Albany on Wednesday at 6 p.m. back at St. John’s University.
Both teams got going offensively as they both shot at or above 50 percent from the field. Sauk Centre finished with a 27-19 edge in rebounds.
Sauk Centre only committed seven fouls in the game but drew 16 on Osakis.
Osakis finished the season with a 21-7 record.
Kyle Mages paced the Osakis offense with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Grant Mages added 10 points, and Isaac Maddock had nine points. Drew Imdieke had a team-high four assists, while Stewart Jones led the team in steals with three.
Jay Neubert paced the Sauk Centre (21-7) offense with 18 points and six rebounds, while Ethan Riley had 13 points and seven rebounds. Andrew Drevlow had 12 points, and Matthew Warring finished with 11 points.
Osakis - 32 23 - 55
Sauk Centre - 25 33 - 58
OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 22/44; 3-PT - 8/19; FT - 3/4; Rebounds - 19; Assists - 12; Steals - 7; Fouls - 16; Turnovers - 7
SAUK CENTRE TEAM STATS - FG- 21/41; 3-PT - 5/14; FT - 11/14; Rebounds - 27; Assists - 7; Steals - 2; Blocks - 1; Fouls - 7; Turnovers - 11
OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Stewart Jones - 7 points, 3 assists, 3 steals; Grant Mages - 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Isaac Maddock - 9 points’ Kyle Mages - 22 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; Mekai Hoelscher - 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Drew Imdieke - 2 points, 4 assists; Seth Staloch - 1 steal
SAUK CENTRE STATS - Jay Neubert - 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists; Ethan Riley - 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; Andrew Drevlow - 12 points, 3 rebounds; Damian Ahrens - 1 rebound; Matthew Warring - 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Ashton Trisko - 1 rebound; Corey McCoy - 4 points, 3 rebounds