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Boys basketball: Savageau gets his 1,000th point as Osakis moves to 7-0

Osakis Daniel Savageau (front row, third from left) holds up a 1,000-point sign with his teammates after he passed the scoring milestone during a win at Paynesville on Saturday. (Submitted photo)

On paper, the Paynesville boys basketball team should have posed a bit of a threat to Osakis’ unbeaten record.

The Bulldogs were 5-2 heading into Saturday’s game on their home court. They are averaging 75 points per game and have three games with over 90 points this season. The Silverstreaks stepped up and held them to their lowest total of the season in a 61-43 win that moved Osakis to 7-0 overall.

“They gave us some trouble with their defenses as they tried to take away Daniel (Savageau) and Luke (Imdieke),” head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We made some adjustments and other guys made plays. I was worried going into the game that having a week off and only practicing once due to weather that we would struggle against a high energy team, but our guys responded very well.”

Hoelscher said the Bulldogs caused them some problems early with their size and athleticism. Osakis responded with a good finish to the first half that was capped off with a half-court shot at the buzzer from Daniel Savageau that gave his team a 34-26 lead.

That was part of a special night for the junior guard. Savageau finished with 17 points and went over the 1,000-point milestone for his career.

“It was great to see Daniel score his 1,000 point,” Hoelscher said. “He has put a lot of time and work into his game, so it was fun to be a part of that as his coach. Our fans were great too as they traveled bad roads to see Daniel get his milestone and show him their support with their signs and cheers.”

The shot by Savageau at the end of the first half led to a fast start to the second half, as well. Osakis held the Bulldogs to just 17 points after the break to keep them from generating any chance at a comeback.

“(Brandon) Boogaard had a great second half and Johnny (Lara) hit two big threes back-to-back that gave us momentum,” Hoelscher said. “Kobie (Lara) used his length to get us some deflections and steals and our guys rebounded well the second half. It was a team effort as all players contributed in some way.”

That’s the way it has been through much of this 7-0 start for Osakis. Now the Silverstreaks will welcome in a 5-1 Parkers Prairie team on Friday, Jan. 4, for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

“We have a tough schedule coming up the next few weeks, so we need to iron a few things out, and we look forward to getting back to a routine once school begins,” Hoelscher said.

PAYNESVILLE     26 17 - 43

OSAKIS               34 27 - 61

OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 25-49; Three-point FG - 6-18; FT - 5-5; Assists - 17; Blocks - 4; Rebounds - 32; Steals - 7; Turnovers - 12

OSAKIS - Jacob Backes - 1 assist; Johnny Lara - 6 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 5 rebounds; Luke Imdieke - 2 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals; Kobie Lara - 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Carter Grove - 3 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds; Luke Staloch - 7 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Carter Rost - 2 points, 3 rebounds; Daniel Savageau - 17 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds; Brandon Boogaard - 12 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

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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