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Boys basketball roundup: Brandon-Evansville, Osakis control conference games

St. Cloud Cathedral uses big second half to knock off Minnewaska

Dezmond White
Dezmond White

The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team put together a full performance against another team near it in the Little Eight Conference standings.

The Chargers (9-10, 3-5 LEC) and Battle Lake (8-10, 4-5 LEC) are both trying to get over the .500 mark ahead of the Section 6A playoffs, and it was B-E that made a statement on Monday with a 67-47 win.

“I thought we came out with energy and set the tempo,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “Our guys rebounded well, and that was something we stressed coming in. We had multiple guys play extended minutes that aren't used to playing as much and did well with it. We now have Rothsay on Tuesday, Henning on Thursday, and Parkers Prairie on Friday. Our guys are getting tested down the stretch.”

Dezmond White had a big game with 21 points. Lucas Fuller added 10 on a night where eight different players scored for the Chargers.

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 67, BATTLE LAKE 47

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B-E SCORING - Dezmond White - 21; Lucas Fuller - 10; Micah Fuller - 9; Titus Fuller - 8; Tanner Riedel - 7; Tyler Bitzan - 6; Riley Perleberg - 3; Brady Perleberg - 3

Osakis cruises to win over St. John’s Prep

The Osakis boys basketball team found itself back in the win column Monday with a dominant 77-31 victory over St. John’s Prep (4-14, 0-7 Prairie Conference).

“This was a game we have been waiting for since last Tuesday (Feb. 8) when we lost to Browerville,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “[Our] guys were chomping at the bit to get back out on the court after that loss so we could get that bad taste out of our mouth. We had both games last week postponed, so we had to sit and think about that game for far too long. We played angry and aggressive at the start of this game, and it was great to see that passion and grittiness come out of our guys after that loss.”

Osakis also beat St. John’s Prep 64-23 on Feb. 3.

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Bauer Klimek

Osakis (17-3, 6-1 Prairie) jumped on St. John’s early, scoring 45 points in the first half and leading by 27 points at halftime on Monday. Bauer Klimek led Osakis in scoring 20 points on 7 for 11 shooting and 6 of 8 from the three-point line. Klimek also led the team in steals with six.

Carter Watnaas nearly had a double-double with nine points and 14 rebounds.

OSAKIS - 45 32 - 77

ST. JOHN’S PREP - 18 13 - 31

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OSAKIS TOTALS: FG - 30-53; 3PT - 13-25; FT - 4-8; Rebounds - 34; Assists - 24; Steals - 14; Fouls - 9; Turnovers -13

OSAKIS: Stewart Jones - 8 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Grant Mages - 12 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound; Tyler Hagen - 6 points, 4 rebounds; Ben Berger - 4 rebounds; Isaac Maddock - 6 points, 2 rebounds; Bauer Klimek - 20 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 6 steals; Andrew Imdieke - 3 points, 6 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Tyler Baumgarten - 2 rebounds; Marcus Wolf - 1 rebound; Mekai Hoelscher - 7 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 rebound; Carter Watnaas - 9 points, 4 assists, 1 block, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 deflection; Brady Mages - 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 deflections

Minnewaska falls at St. Cloud Cathedral 62-52

With a six-point lead at halftime, the Minnewaska Area Lakers were in the driver’s seat against St. Cloud Cathedral on Monday.

But the Crusaders flipped the script in the second half, outscoring Minnewaska 36-20 in the second half to win 62-52. Minnewaska drops to 3-18 with the loss while St. Cloud Cathedral improves to 12-8.

Tate Reichmann led the Lakers in scoring with 14, while Damon Uhde and Hunter Kostelecky both had 12 points.

MINNEWASKA - 32 20 - 52

ST. CLOUD CATHEDRAL - 26 36 - 62

MINNEWASKA TOTALS: 16-26; 3PT - 8-15; FT - 12-20; Rebounds - 19; Assists - 13; Steals - 4; Fouls - 19; Turnovers - 14

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MINNEWASKA: Tate Reichmann - 14 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds; 1 steal; Ethan Quelle - 10 points; 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals; Jack Larson - 1 rebound; Damon Uhde - 12 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds; Hunter Kostelecky - 12 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Paul Johnson - 4 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds

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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