Prep Boys Basketball: Sebeka notches season-opening win over Osakis
By Mike Isola/Beyond the Bleachers
Sebeka, Minn. (November 22)—James Clark scored a game-high 20 points for Sebeka, who relied on a pair of quick bursts and resilient defense to notch a 71-59 season-opening win over the Osakis Silverstreaks on Friday night.
The win ended a 17-game losing streak by the Trojans since the end of last season.
After Osakis’ Kalib Schwardt hit the second of his pair of free-throws, the Trojans opened the game with a 9-0 run and kept the Silverstreaks off the scoreboard. Jeffery Erickson scored Sebeka’s first points of the season with a short-range jumper in the paint and back-to-back three-pointers from Clark and Thane Dailey ignited the home crowd. Sterling Crabb capped the short burst with a free-throw and the Trojans led 9-1 with 15:10 left in the first half.
Osakis recovered and started chipping away at the Trojans’ lead. A trey from Ethan Chalmers pulled the Silverstreaks within one, 11-10, at the 10:47 mark but that’ll be the closest they’ll get for the rest of the game.
Clark made a driving layup to give the Trojans some breathing room and for the next three minutes and four seconds, both teams put on a free-throw clinic. The only basket in that span came from Dailey, who was rewarded an old-fashioned three-point play with a foul on a driving layup. The junior made his free-throw to spot Sebeka the 16-10 lead. The Trojans’ went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe while Osakis kept pace by going 7-for-10.
The ‘Streaks’ John Boogaard hit a long jumper from the top of the key and the Trojans’ big man Matthew Lillquist bullied his way for a putback on a rebound to momentary end the foul fest.
By halftime, three players from Sebeka and four players from Osakis will find themselves in foul trouble with three fouls each.
Sebeka wrapped up the first half on back-to-back baskets from Alex Schwartz and Tucker Ament to carry a six-point lead into the break at 33-27.
The Trojans had the Silverstreaks reeling at the start of the second half by going on a 10-0 run. Lillquist opened with a long range three-pointer while Crabb nailed a short jumper and had a three-point play. Clark capped the run with a steal and layup to force Osakis into a time-out with the Trojans leading 43-27 with15:03 left to play.
Clark would give Sebeka its largest lead of the game at 18 points (52-34) with another steal and fastbreak layup at the 11:54 mark. He would wrap up the second half with a pair of free-throws before fouling out with 30 seconds left to play.
Two players from each team would end up fouling out as Sebeka closed out the game by going 6-for-10 from the line. Lillquist capped the scoring with short jumper in the paint with 18.5 seconds left for the 71-59 final.
Clark would lead all scorers with 20 points. The freshman scored 13 points in the second half and added seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and one blocked shot. The Trojans had four players finish in double digits with Lillquist posting a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. The six-foot-eight senior dished out two assists and had one blocked shot and two steals.
Sebeka shot 44 percent (24 for 54) from the floor and converted 59 percent (19 for 32) from the charity stripe. The Trojans knocked down four treys and outrebounded the Silverstreaks 43-39 in the game.
Sterling Crabb had 10 points, four rebounds and a team-high four steals. Caleb Puttonen scored seven of his 10 points in the first half. Dailey nailed one trey and scored seven points in the second half to finish with 10 points also. George Lausten only had one point, but grabbed five defensive boards. Jeffery Erickson collected 4 points and Alex Schwartz had two points.
The Silverstreaks got a team-high 15 points from John Boogaard, who fouled out with 3:05 remaining in the game. Zachary Weir scored all of his 13 points for the Silverstreaks in the second half. Preston Graham had 10 points.
Sebeka (1-0) travels to Nevis at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Osakis at Sebeka on November 21
Trojans 71, Silverstreaks 59
Osakis 27 32—59
Sebeka 33 38—71
Tucker Ament 2, James Clark 20, Caleb Puttonen 10, Sterling Crabb 10, Jeffery Erickson 4, Matthew Lillquist 12, George Lausten 1, Thane Dailey 10, Alex Schwartz 2
Zachary Weir 13, Ethan Chalmers 8, Haden Hendricks 4, Kalib Schwardt 1, John Boogaard 15, Preston Graham 10, Reid DeWenter 4
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