Boys basketball: No. 7 Alexandria outlasts Monticello, Osakis falls to Sauk Centre in a thriller

Alexandria increased its winning streak to six with a road win over Monticello, while Osakis and Sauk Centre played in a close battle that went Sauk Centre's way.

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Alexandria's Bralyn Steffensmeier hoists up a three-pointer at the end of the first half in a game against Holy Family Catholic on Dec. 30, 2022. Steffensmeier had nine points in Alexandria's 79-53 win. Steffensmeier had 22 points in Alexandria's 75-60 win over Monticello on Feb. 24, 2023.
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The Alexandria boys basketball team, who is ranked No. 7 in Class AAA in the Minnesota Basketball News poll, hit the road to Monticello on Friday and walked away with a 75-60 victory.

Alexandria is now on a 6-game winning streak and is 18-4 on the year, and Monticello is 1-24.

Bralyn Steffensemeier paced the offense on Friday with 22 points and six assists, while Chase Thompson had 17 points.

Jacob Balcome led the team in rebounds with nine and five steals, while Mason Witt had eight rebounds. Dawson Roderick had a team-high seven deflections.

Alexandria plays host to Sartell-St. Stephen (6-17, 5-7 CLC) on Monday at 7:15 p.m. Alexandria beat Sartell 66-45 on Jan. 17.


ALEXANDRIA PLAYER STATS - Mason Gorghuber - 2 points; Jacob Balcome - 4 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 deflections, 5 steals; Jaxon Schoenrock - 7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 deflection, 2 steals; Bralyn Steffensmeier - 22 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 deflections, 5 steals; Myles Gray - 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists; Chase Thompson - 17 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists; Mason Witt - 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection, 1 steal; Talan Witt - 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists; Dawson Roderick - 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 7 deflections, 1 steal; Trevin Hoepner - 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 deflections, 1 steal

Sauk Centre edges out No. 18 Osakis

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Osakis' Kyle Mages puts up a right-handed sky hook during a game against Annandale on Dec. 29, 2022. Osakis won the game 43-40. Kyle Mages had 12 points in Osakis' 70-67 loss to Sauk Centre on Feb. 25, 2023.
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The Osakis Silverstreaks and Sauk Centre Mainstreeters played in a thriller on Saturday in Osakis that saw Sauk Centre pull out a 70-67 win.

“It was a fun high school game with a great atmosphere, but we just let it slip away by not being able to get stops at the end of regulation and in overtime,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We couldn't make free throws when we needed to. Sauk played great defense, but we were able to get them in foul trouble and attack some of their weaknesses. It worked for a while, but they made a good adjustment causing our guys to force a few things. Those decisions turned into baskets on the other end as we scrambled at times to find who we were guarding or what we were supposed to do scheme-wise.”

Osakis, who is ranked No. 18 in the Class AA MBN poll, shot 41 percent from the floor (20-48), 34 percent from the three-point line (8-23), and 57 percent from the free throw line (19-33).

This loss snapped Osakis’ five-game winning streak.

“I know guys are disappointed, but it's likely we see them in the playoffs, so we have to learn from these mistakes and hopefully get another crack at them,” Hoelscher said.

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 20-48; 3-PT- 8-23; FT - 19-33; Assists - 9; Blocks - 1; Rebounds - 25; Steals - 10; Deflections - 3; Fouls -16; Turnovers -11

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Stewart Jones - 16 points, 3 assists, 1 block, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 deflections; Grant Mages - 11 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Seth Staloch - 4 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal; Isaac Maddock - 15 points, 1 rebound; Kyle Mages - 12 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 deflection; Drew Imdieke - 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Mekai Hoelscher - 8 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal


Other area scores from Feb. 25, 2023 -

Ashby (6-15) 48, Verdnale (8-16) 46
Hancock (12-10) 72, Brandon-Evansville (6-17)

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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