The stage is set for a big match-up between two of the top teams in the Class A field on Saturday after the Osakis boys basketball team won its 10th straight game on Thursday.
The Silverstreaks had no problems against Browerville-Eagle Valley (8-8) down the stretch despite what head coach Matt Hoelscher felt wasn’t their best performance in a 70-42 win. Osakis will now take its 18-1 record into a contest with 17-0 Perham on Saturday night at 6 in Alexandria as part of the Breakdown Winter Lakes Classic.
“Sloppy first half as we struggled finding guys defensively in the full court, which led to easy baskets for them,” Hoelscher said of the Browerville win. “They were out-working us and we were fortunate they missed some outside shots, as our rotations were late on shooters. We missed a lot of bunnies, free throws, and open threes, but we still scored 70 points so it's great we found a way to win on an off night. We need to find a way to play more consistently every game against all kinds of competition if we want to go deep in the playoffs.”
Osakis shot 42% overall, and connected on just 9-of-19 free throws.
Four guys finished in double figures, led by Daniel Savageau’s 18 points, four assists and six rebounds. Carter Grove added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Luke Imdieke and Kobie Lara each had 10 points.
Osakis heads into the match-up with Perham ranked ninth in the Feb. 5 Class AA polls. The Yellowjackets are sixth in those same rankings.
BROWERVILLE-EV 18 24 - 42
OSAKIS 34 36 - 70
OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 27-63; Three-point FG - 7-19; FT - 9-19; Assists - 16; Blocks - 2; Rebounds - 35; Steals - 14; Turnovers - 10
OSAKIS - Kellen Anderson - 2 points; Luke Imdieke - 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 5 steals; Kobie Lara - 10 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal; Carter Grove - 11 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds; Luke Staloch - 4 points, 4 assists, 1 block, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Bauer Klimek - 8 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Tyson Lien - 1 steal; Carter Rost - 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Waylon Muenzhuber - 1 assist; Daniel Savageau - 18 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal