OHS Tigers win Wausa tournament

WAUSA — The Tigers improved to 9-2 on the season with a tight Friday night contest against Lutheran High Northeast, followed by cruising to victory Saturday evening against the Vikings. The victory Saturday would end up being an impressive seventh consecutive Wausa Post-holiday Tournament Championship for the Tigers, dating back to the 2014-15 season.

 

Osmond 54, LHNE 49

Friday’s matchup against the Eagles was perhaps Osmond’s most entertaining game of the season. The Tigers played in front of its largest crowd thus far and did not disappoint those in attendance, competing and making plays all game long. 

Graysen Schultze must have noticed more people than normal were watching. The senior put on an incredible performance, recording his first career triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists! 

As a team, the Tigers were as balanced as they’ve been all season. Ryan Schmit joined Schultze in double figures with 10 points. Stevin Hasler, Zach Reikofksi, and Zach Huwaldt contributed nicely with nine, eight and seven points, respectively.

“Coming into the Lutheran High game, we were struggling some against pressuring and trapping defenses averaging nearly 14 turnovers per game,” stated Coach Schulze. “Our guys showed tremendous growth tonight, only turning the ball over nine times against an aggressive 1-3-1 trapping zone.” 

Most notably when the Tigers did turn it over, they hustled to make up for it, including Ryan Schmit sprinting back to take a charge in transition and Schultze stealing the ball back for a layup shortly after turning it over himself. 

The afore-mentioned plays both took place in the fourth quarter and helped the Tigers outscore the Eagles by five in the final period and escape with a confidence-building victory over a formidable C2 opponent. 

Score by Quarter

Osmond    17    9    13    15    =    54

LHNE    15    12    12    10    =    49

BOX SCORE

    FG    FT    Reb.    Pts.

Schmit    3-0    1-2    5    8

Solorzano    0-3    0-0    0    0

Hille    0-0    0-0    1    0

Hasler    4-6    1-2    4    9

Schultze    6-14    8-11    10    20

Huwaldt    3-5    1-1    5    7

Reikofski    4-5    0-0    1    8

Wingert    0-1    0-0    1    0

Osmond    20-43    11-16    27    54

Osmond 70, Wausa 38

Saturday’s championship game against the Vikings was smooth sailing for the Tigers from start to finish. Osmond raced to a 20-8 first-quarter lead, including seven points apiece from both Hasler and Schultze. The Tigers kept pouring it on in the second quarter as Zach Reikofski and Ryan Schmit got rolling with eight and five points, respectively. 

“You could certainly tell we weren’t quite as crisp and energized as we were the night before, but a four-quarter drag-out game with less than 24 hours to recover will do that to you; however, I felt good that despite all that, we still claimed a 39-14 halftime lead,” said Coach Schulze. 

The second half wasn’t as dominating as the first for the Tigers, but they got the job done, outscoring the Vikings 31-23 and sharing the ball well offensively. Osmond had double-digit scoring from Schutlze (17), Schmit (13) and Reikofksi (13). Not far behind was Hasler with nine points and senior Brady Stech with eight points, all in the second half, including two made three-pointers. 

It was the sixth game this year that Osmond held its opponent under 40 points, all in which the Tigers were victorious. The next game for the Tigers was a home contest Tuesday night against yet another C2 opponent, the 7-3 Neligh-Oakdale Warriors. That game will be reported in next week’s issue.

Score by Quarter

Osmond    20    19    14    17    =    70

Wausa    8    6    13    11    =    38

BOX SCORE

    FG    FT    Reb.    Pts.

Schmit    4-11    4-7    4    13

Solorzano    2-4    0-0    3    4

Hille    2-3    0-4    1    4

Stech    3-7    0-0    2    8

Hasler    4-8    0-0    1    9

Schultze    7-14    2-3    8    17

Huwaldt    1-3    0-2    7    2

Reikofski    5-8    0-0    6    13

Wingert    0-3    0-0    2    0

Osmond    28-61    6-16    34    70

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