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Boys Basketball: Streaks fall to Eagles in opener

Sophomore Luke Imdieke takes a shot in the Osakis basketball season opener. Imdieke had 10 points on the night. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)1 / 3
Dan Savageau takes a long shot in the season opener against the Eagles. Savageau had a team-leading 24 points on the night. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)2 / 3
Senior Philip Matthews throws a pass under the basket in the Osakis season opener against Eden Valley-Watkins. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)3 / 3

The Osakis boys basketball team came out hot with an early eight point lead in the first five minutes of its season opener in Osakis against Eden Valley-Watkins on Tuesday night.

“We came out making shots right away,” sophomore Luke Imdieke said. “We got good looks and knocked them down.”

The Eagles started climbing back in it. With one minute left in the first half, senior Dominic Schlangen sank two quick threes in a row to pull ahead 21-18. With 45 second left before the buzzer, Osakis sophomore Dan Savageau hit a three to tie it back up.

That was Savageau’s fourth three-pointer in the first half alone. He added another two threes in the second half, plus a two and four free throws for a team-leading 24 points.

Savageau’s trail of threes wasn’t quite enough to keep the Silverstreaks in the game against the big, physical game of the Eagles as the Silverstreaks eventually fell 59-43.

“I thought we played a great first half, especially the start,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We got beat on slip-and-screens and in the second half their physicality wore down on us. We were tired. They went to their strengths, which are their posts. We had a tough time defending that.”

Schlangen put up another three within seconds of the second half. Savageau responded with another three but from there the Eagles went on a 16-0 run, pushing the score to 40-24.

“We relied on the three point shot way too much,” Hoelscher said. “We rely on Luke and Daniel to play a lot of minutes. They were pretty much our only offense tonight. Other guys, we gotta find ways to have them step up and do some things.”

Imdieke had 10 points and one steal for the Silverstreaks. Savageau had a team-leading six rebounds followed by Josh Peterka with five of the team’s 21 total.

After Savageau broke EV-W’s scoring streak, 6-foot, 4-inch junior Justin Streit put up another quick two for the Eagles with 11 minutes left in the game. Streit controlled the paint with 22 points on the night.

With two minutes left in the game, the Eagles had built up a 53-38 lead. Three more shots from Streit and one from Schlangen brought the game to 59-38 with 44 seconds left.

“Being the first game, there were a lot of jitters for some of these new guys,” Hoelscher said. “We just gotta find a way to build the confidence. Sometimes it’s the competition that you play, like Riley (Werven) tonight, a senior who was looking forward to the season, he gets two quick fouls and that’s a momentum killer for him because now he’s got to sit for a while.”

The Silverstreaks started the game how they wanted to, but they weren’t able to finish it as planned.

“They hit the weight-room hard,” Hoelscher said of the Eagles. “And anytime we play big, physical teams like that, that’s one of our weaknesses. Talent-wise we were right with them, it was just their physicality wore us down in the second half.”

But the Silverstreaks are confident that with the first game jitters out of the way, they’ll be able to study some film, iron out a few mistakes in practice and turn their sights to Battle Lake.

“(Battle Lake head coach) Dan Peterka, he’s going to have those guys ready,” Hoelscher said. “They run great stuff on offense, they play a good defense. We’re going to try and run, spread our offense, drive to the basket, if we’re there we take it, otherwise get out and keep putting pressure with our penetration.”

The game is set for Dec. 7 at 7:15 p.m. in Battle Lake.

EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS - 21 38 - 59OSAKIS - 21 22 - 43OSAKIS TOTALS - Luke Imdieke - 10 points, 2 assists, 1 steal; Jonathan Lara - 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Riley Werven - 1 assist, 1 steal; Jan Manders - 3 points; Dan Savageau - 24 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Josh Peterka - 5 rebounds; Philip Matthews - 1 steal; Kobie Lara - 1 point, 3 rebounds; Brandon Boogaard - 3 points, 2 rebounds; Carter Rost - 2 rebounds; Read DeWenter - 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal