By PATRICK SLACK
The Upsala boys basketball team stormed to an 18-point halftime lead before coasting to a 59-48 win at Osakis, Tuesday.
Junior Avery Smieja led the way with 14 points and seven rebounds and junior Matt Abeler contributed 10 points.
Junior Eric Frieler and sophomore Christian Pekarek each had seven points and juniors Andy Nelson and Garrett Wolf each added six.
Wolf dished out a team-high eight assists and Frieler had four assists and four steals.
Senior Thomas Ripplinger (4), junior Nick Frieler (4) and sophomore Dylan Zimmerman (1) also scored.
Upsala plays at West Central Area, Thursday.
Upsala 59, Osakis 48
Upsala 35 24 – 59
Osakis 17 31 – 48
Upsala—Avery Smieja, 14 (7 rebounds); Matt Abeler, 10; Eric Frieler, 7 (4 assists, 4 steals); Christian Pekarek, 7 (3 assists); Andy Nelson, 6; Garrett Wolf, 6 (8 assists); Nick Frieler, 4; Thomas Ripplinger, 4; Dylan Zimmerman, 1 (6 rebounds).