Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Osage opened last week with a home win over the Buffalo Bison by a score of 55-50.
The Indians jumped out to a quick lead thanks to Dylan Jeffries, but Buffalo quickly got their game together and showed they were determined to make it a contest. Osage clung to a 12-8 lead after the first quarter.
The second period was a nail biter, but Osage kept the lead and took a 29-27 lead into the half. A steal by Hayden Drace at the halfway point turned the momentum to Osage, but a couple of fouls opened the door for a Bison comeback. Tristan Hensley stepped up with three 3-pointers to end the half for the Indians.
The second half opened with Buffalo scoring eight points to take the lead, but the Indians stayed in the game.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way these kids played tonight,” said head coach Bart Denbow. “They stayed in it and that made all the difference.”
Osage regained the lead by shutting down the Bison for the final three minutes of the quarter. Jeffries added five points to the effort, while Drace pitched in for two.
A group effort at the basket put the Indians over the top in the final quarter. Senior Freddy Wackenhut added six, including sinking all four of his shots from the foul line.
Hensley once again closed out the win with four straight trips to the free-throw line bearing out with six points to the total.
Hensley led the Indian scoring with 17 points followed by Jeffries’ 14 points.
Collin Samuelson contributed seven while Drace and Wackenhut both added six. Wyatt Whitman hit a three pointer early in the game and Jette Nichols added two points after a stellar JV effort.
Osage JV defeated the Bison by 36-24.
Friday’s match on the road was another hit to Osage’s record as they took a 74-47 loss to Hallsville (8-5).
“Hallsville is a really good ball club and we knew we would have to match them physically to have a shot,” said Denbow. “It being their court warming they came out on fire and we just didn’t match them early on. The key was they just out-rebounded us by a big margin.”
Dylan Jeffries added 13 to lead the Indians with Collin Samuelson on his heels with 12.
Wackenhut was in for eight points and Hensley and Drace both added six points. Wyatt Whitman finished it with two.
The JV squad beat Buffalo on Tuesday but fell 53-42 to Hallsville on Friday.
At Hallsville, the JV Indians were down by 20 but a huge fourth quarter effort from Jette Nichols made it a game.
Nichols connected on four 3-pointers and a free throw to finish with 20 points for the game. Jeb Robertson added to the tally with 14 points and contributed several key rebounds to turn the tide.
The Indians were on the road last night at Fulton and will host Eugene for this Friday’s court warming game.
Next week the varsity team will face Carl Junction in the first round of the Eldon Tournament at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.