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Silverstreak boys take Prairie league title

The Osakis boys' basketball team wrapped up its sixth straight Prairie Conference title with a 49-41 win over St. John's Prep on Tuesday night. The Silverstreaks came into the game needing a win to guarantee them of at least a share of the confer...

The Osakis boys' basketball team wrapped up its sixth straight Prairie Conference title with a 49-41 win over St. John's Prep on Tuesday night.

The Silverstreaks came into the game needing a win to guarantee them of at least a share of the conference title. Upsala did them a favor, though, and handed Royalton its third conference loss with a 20-point win over the Royals on Tuesday night. That left Osakis as the outright champions of the Prairie Conference with a 10-2 league record.

It did not come easy against the Johnnies. The Silverstreaks held just a three-point lead at the break but strong defense held St. John's Prep to just 18 points in the second half.

"We're grinders," head coach Chris Stroup said. "And this game was a grind. Our shots weren't falling, so we turned up our defense and looked to attack the basket and go to the free throw line. That was the difference in the game as we were 23 of 29 from the free throw line."

The Silverstreaks were especially clutch from the stripe in the second half where they went 15 of 19. Adam Sadlemyer and Andrew Nack each hit four themselves in the final 18 minutes. Sadlemyer had 10 points in the game, while Matt Laven led the way with 12. Nack finished with a game-high 14 rebounds to go with eight points.

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"[Nack] did an outstanding job of going and getting rebounds and keeping St. John's second shots down," Stroup said. "Devin Waldvogel did a nice job keeping Stephen Woods under control, even though he did hit some tough shots."

Laven had a strong all-around game with six rebounds, four assists and three steals to go with his 12 points.

As a team, the Silverstreaks have struggled to find points at times this season. That is something Stroup knows his team will have to fix come tournament time.

Osakis moved to 12-12 overall and 10-2 in league play with the win. The Silverstreaks have finished with at least a share of the conference title six straight years. Five of those seasons, they held sole possession of the Prairie championship. They shared the title in 2006-07 with Browerville. Both teams finished with an 11-1 league record that season.

GAME STATISTICS

OSAKIS 26 23 - 49

ST. JOHN'S PREP 23 18 - 41

OSAKIS LEADERS - Andrew Nack - 8 points, 14 rebounds, 1 steal; Matt Laven - 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals; Adam Sadlemyer - 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block; Tony Roggenbuck - 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists; Devin Waldvogel - 5 points, 1 rebound; Mitch Herzog - 3 points, 3 rebounds; Andrew Allen - 2 points, 1 rebound; Jake Friedrichs - 2 points

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Bertha-Hewitt 61, Osakis 39

The Osakis boys' basketball team fell under .500 on the season this past Saturday in a 61-39 loss to eighth ranked Bertha-Hewitt.

The Silverstreaks also lost Dominic Baker to a shoulder injury against the Bears. The injury could keep him out for an extended period of time.

Bertha-Hewitt came into the game with just one loss on the season and showed why by holding Osakis to just 16 points in the first half. The Silverstreaks were still in the game at the break, down by just 10. Ryan Denny helped the Bears pull away in the second half, though. He finished with a game-high 23 points.

Matt Laven continues to shoot the ball well from outside for the Silverstreaks. He led Osakis with four three-pointers and 14 points. Adam Sadlemyer was the only other Osakis player in double figures with 12.

GAME STATISTICS

OSAKIS 16 23 - 39

BERTHA-HEWITT 26 35 - 61

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OSAKIS LEADERS - Andrew Nack - 2 points, 3 assists, 1 steal; Matt Laven - 14 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 block; Adam Sadlemyer - 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block; Tony Roggenbuck - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist; Dominic Baker - 4 rebounds, 1 assist; Devin Waldvogel - 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Mitch Herzog - 2 rebounds; Andrew Allen - 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block; James Cowdery - 1 rebound

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