Last week was a tough one for the Osceola Chieftain boys basketball team. Osceola played three games against stellar competition and could not find the winning side in any of them. The assignments were tough. The Chieftains’ three opponents from last week now have a combined 38-14 record.
Osceola started the week against border rival the St. Croix Falls Saints in a non-conference affair. St. Croix Falls has a 12-4 record overall and is fighting for the top spot in their conference, the West Lakeland. The Chieftains had good spark against the Saints and the game was tight throughout. The teams took turns burying shots from behind the arc. SCF took a six point lead, 37-31, into halftime and added a couple more points to their victory margin after the break to come away with a 69-61 decision.
Freshman Garrett Slater led the way for Osceola with 18 points including three 3-pointers. Senior Trey Jensen also had a trio of treys and ended the game with 16 points. Ashton Measner added 10 points to the Chieftain cause. St. Croix Falls’ Kullan Parks led all scorers with an 18 point effort. Declan Greenquist cashed in 14 points for the Saints with Alex Mysicka adding 11.
“I thought our boys played pretty well,” Osceola coach Jacob Meyer said “We just waited a little too long to start our comeback. I think this game gave us a little confidence that we can play with some of these top-tier teams.”
Osceola started out tough against the Somerset Spartans who now own an overall record of 12-6. After a Measner basket three minutes into the game cut the Somerset lead to 8-6, the Spartans went on a big roll to take leads of 18-6 and 28-8. The Chieftains fought back to within 13 by halftime with the score being 32-19.Osceola cut the lead to 10 with 14:01 to play but could get no closer.
“I thought our guys did some good things at times throughout the game,” Meyer said. “Somerset played pretty well.”
Measner led Osceola in scoring with six buckets in the paint for a dozen points followed by Josh Schultz with 10. Somerset’s Trae Kreibich led all scorers with 16 points, 12 of them coming on shots from behind the arc.
After two tough home games Osceola traveled to Prescott to take on the Cardinals in their toughest assignment of the week. Prescott is now 14-4 overall and owns a share of the top spot in the Middle Border conference standings along with New Richmond. Against the Cardinals it was too much Parker Nielsen, their 6’-5” senior who ripped the nets for 30 points, including four treys. Prescott converted a total of 11 3-point attempts on their way to an 81-47 decision.
“I thought our boys played a really good first half,” Meyer said. “We did some really good things and kept the game really competitive for most of the first half. We were a couple missed layups from it being a single digit game at half. At the start of the second half we had some great looks but we could not capitalize on them.”
Maxon led the Osceola scoring with 13 points. Prescott ended the game with 11 treys as a team with Osceola netting seven, including three by Josh Mork.
“We hope to play as a team and finish this last stretch strong,” Jensen said about the balance of the Chieftain schedule. “Getting a few more wins to continue out the rest of our season that will give us the added confidence we need going into playoffs.”