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Boys basketball: Osakis holds off Knights for 15th win

The Osakis boys basketball team rattled off its fourth straight win after fighting off Class A's West Central Area in a 70-59 game on Monday night.

The Silverstreaks (15-4) led by just two with less than a minute to go in the first half but scored the last four points to take the 35-29 advantage. The Knights fought throughout the second half, scoring the first six points after the break to tie it at 35 apiece. They couldn't slow down senior guard Zach Weir, though, who finished with a game-high 27 for Osakis.

"This was without a doubt the best team we've played this year," WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. "They just came off a big win over Battle Lake on Friday and they showed why they are 15-4. They pressure the ball very well with their length and speed and they can shoot it from multiple positions. They are a solid seven deep. It was a fun game to play in and both teams played with intensity throughout the night."

The Silverstreaks shot 51 percent (29-56), including 23-of-39 from inside the arc. The Knights (10-8) connected on 49 percent of their shots (23-47) led by three players in double figures. Brady Sabolik had 18 points and six rebounds. Dawson Staples added 13 points and Jake Combs chipped in 10 points and five boards.

"Very physical and emotional game as our guys had to play through adversity to win," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "We were able to overcome some difficult situations, but we managed to make the right plays at the right times defensively and offensively. Zach had a great night shooting and our freshmen stepped up and made big shots and big passes at key moments."

Weir hit on 11-of-18 shots, including 4-of-9 from three. Freshman guard Daniel Savageau had 10 points and fellow freshman Luke Imdieke added a team-high five assists. Senior forward John Boogaard had 13 points and eight rebounds, while junior post Josh Peterka added nine points.

"Josh and Riley (Werven) gave us some good minutes as they battled in the post, and Jacob (Jones) and John got out in transition to extend our lead late in the second half. West central is a well-coached team with some nice players. It's a tough place to play, and we are happy we came out with the win."

OSAKIS 35 35 - 70

WCA 29 30 - 59

TOTALS - WCA - FG - 23-47; FT - 11-17; Turnovers - 12; Osakis - FG - 29-56; Three-point FG - 6-17; FT - 6-13; Assists - 15; Blocks - 4; Rebounds - 26; Steals - 9; Turnovers - 10

OSAKIS - Weir - 27 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 5 rebounds, 2 steals; Savageau - 10 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Peterka - 9 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Imdieke - 3 points, 5 assists, 2 steals; Boogaard - 13 points, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 8 rebounds, 1 steal; Jones - 4 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 2 steals; Werven - 4 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds

WCA - Sabolik - 18 points, 6 rebounds; Staples - 13 points; Combs - 10 points, 5 rebounds; Aaron Wiese - 6 points; Nathan Kaye - 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists; Logan Paulson - 4 points; Ross Anderson - 2 points, 4 assists

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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