Melrose Area High School Sports
Melrose Dutchmen Basketball
Melrose (28-0) survived a scare from Osakis (21-7) to win 51-50 Saturday in the Section 6AA West Sub-Section semi-finals. A strong Osakis defense, which did not allow a three-point shot, combined with cold Melrose shoot, kept the game close. Melrose took a 22-21 lead into halftime. In the second half it had a strong inside game from Reegan Nelson and Brady Birch as it built to 10-point lead. Osakis came back to take a 42-41 lead before Melrose went on another run. In the final minute Francisco Cervantes and Dillon Haider combined to drop in four free throws and keep Melrose ahead. Osakis scored at the buzzer to create the final score. Melrose faces Sauk Centre Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at Collegeville. Sauk Centre (21-6) defeated Holdingford (23-5) 65-34. In the games in the East Sub-Section Cathedral (24-4) defeated Foley (12-15) 66-44 and Pine City (22-6) defeated Milaca (15-11) 60-57.