The Osakis boys basketball team responded from its loss to Perham on Saturday by taking care of Wadena-Deer Creek (13-8) in a 75-60 game on Tuesday.
The Silverstreaks (19-2) used a big first half to lead the way as they led by 13 at the break behind a 42-point half. Osakis shot 50% overall, including 12-of-27 from three.
“It was a back-and-forth game as we made some nice runs, but they found a way to climb back in due to some hot shooting by (Bereket) Loer,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “Wadena did a great job of getting him open and we got caught on screens and didn't help our defenders. (Carter) Grove did an excellent job in the second half locking onto him and didn't give him easy looks.”
Daniel Savageau hit five threes for Osakis and finished with 24 points. Luke Imdieke added an efficient game with 17 points and five assists on 7-of-10 shooting. Luke Staloch and Bauer Klimek each added nine points.
“We found multiple ways to score, but we just couldn't pull away,” Hoelscher said. “We easily could've come out sluggish due to our game against Perham, but our energy was good. We just couldn't execute consistently on the defensive end and sustain the lead.”
WADENA-DC 29 31 - 60
OSAKIS 42 33 - 75
OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 29-58; Three-point FG - 12-27; FT - 5-12; Assists - 17; Rebounds - 22; Steals - 11; Turnovers - 9
OSAKIS - Luke Imdieke - 17 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Kobie Lara - 5 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, 3 steals; Carter Grove - 7 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Luke Staloch - 9 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds; Bauer Klimek - 9 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Carter Rost - 2 points, 1 assist; Daniel Savageau - 24 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Brady Mages - 2 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Knights win one-point game to move to 18-2
West Central Area hasn’t been challenged in a lot of its wins this season, but the Knights (18-2) certainly were in a 46-45 victory over Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal (16-7) on Tuesday.
West Central Area was down 16-2 right off the bat.
“Things didn’t look very good at that point getting down that much to such a good team,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “But our guys have had poise all year and they never doubt themselves. There’s no panic and they methodically put on a good clinic of basketball the rest of the first half on a 25-3 run to take a 27-19 lead at halftime.”
It was a game of runs as the Titans opened the second half on a 17-3 run. That led to a 36-30 lead, but WCA outscored the Titans 16-9 down the stretch.
“Tate Christenson was in foul trouble, but when he got back on the floor, he sparked us with a couple of steals, a driving layup and a couple of great passes,” Hunter said. “Tate also made the last play of the game by sniffing out what they were doing on a last-second out-of-bounds play and batting the ball away to save the game.”
Jack Van Kempen had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Knights. Grant Beuckens added 12 points and seven boards, while Gage Staples finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
“Jack had several huge rebounds in crunch time where he just went up over everybody and ripped it down,” Hunter said. “Grant Beuckens converted a couple of driving layups and got a key steal in the last minute. Jacob Bright hit a timely three, and one of the biggest keys was Gage Staples’ defense with the help of his teammates limiting 6-foot, 8-inch all-state forward Broden Lien to nine points. Ryder Staples and Brady Reeve both made some good plays off the bench during that stretch, as well. Our coaching staff was extremely proud of our grit down the stretch in battling back from such big deficits and finding a way.”
WCA 46, NORMAN COUNTY EAST-U-H 45
TOTALS - WCA - FG - 18-46; Three-point FG - 4-18; FT - 6-11; Turnovers - 9; Rebounds - 27; NCE - FG - 16-50; Rebounds - 37; Turnovers - 11
WCA - Jack Van Kempen - 12 points, 8 rebounds; Grant Beuckens - 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals; Gage Staples - 10 points, 5 rebounds; Jacob Bright - 6 points; Tate Christianson - 3 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals; Ryder Staples - 3 points, 2 assists; Brady Reeve - 2 rebounds
NCE-U-H SCORING - Logan Miller - 11; Broden Lien - 9; Riley Rensick - 9; Parker Lien - 6; Morgan Stueness - 6; Tate Sagedahl - 2; Trenton Klemetson - 2