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BBB: Perham blows out Worthington, makes fifth straight tourney final

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WORTHINGTON — Hunter Salathe scored a career-high 33 points leading Perham to a fifth straight appearance in the finals of the Worthington Holiday tournament as the Yellowjackets cruised to a 81-52 victory over Worthington.

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Sophomore Jake Dale scored 23 points to lead the Mankato West Scarlets over Sibley East 79-56 in the opening game setting up an interesting final given recent tournament history.

Mankato West defeated Perham in the finals in 2004, ‘05 and ‘07, and in the first round in 2006. Perham’s only win in the tournament over the Scarlets came last year in the first round by a score of 68-60.

Hunter Salathe

Perham last won titles in 2009 and 2010. The Jackets were runners-up the past two seasons.

Perham and Worthington played closely with five early lead changes before Salathe gave Perham the lead for good up 12-10.

Salathe dominated down low working off screens for open looks at the basket.

Sam Muer had 12 of his 14 points in the first half and Perham was ahead comfortably 49-32 at the break.

Perham pushed the lead the entire game.

Chris Kenntemich hit a three-pointer with less than a minute remaining to give Perham their largest lead of the first half at 17 points.

The gap in points continued to expand in the second half capped off by Trey Moberg’s final bucket and the 81-52 final.

Eli Beachy scored in double figures with a dozen points.

Salathe recorded his second straight double-double with 12 rebounds to go with his 33 points. He had 13 points and 10 rebounds against Battle Lake.

The Trojans were led by WIll Mulder’s 14 points. Spencer Grafing was 4-5 from behind the arc scoring all 12 of his points from long range.

Perham shot 65 percent from the field in the first half and held Worthington to 36 percent shooting from the field for the game.

Perham and Mankato West tip off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Click here for the Worthington Globe's Les Knutson's game story with video.

According to a report from Brent Hanson on perhamhoops.com, the Junior Varsity is also playing in a championship game at 2:30 p.m.

"Zach Tellinghuisen led the offense to a high scoring first half scoring 12 of his 13 before halftime. Backcourt duo Christian Weis (15) and Jaden Anderson (11) we’re also in double digits. Chris Kenntemich added eight in only one half of play. Andy Hanson had six on two threes while Andrew Johnson, Nic Winkels, Nathan Coleman, and Matthew Siira each added a basket as the Jackets stormed to victory 65-38 over the hosts from Worthington." - Brent Hanson

Scoring:

PER  49 32 — 81

WOR 32 30 — 52

WOR: Mulder 14 Grafing 12, Lindner 8, Potter 6, Dudley 6, Weg 3, Palmer 3

PER: Salathe 33*, Muer 14, Beachy 12, Glines 7, Kenntemich 7, Bahls 6, Moberg 3.

*Career high
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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
(218) 346-5900 x223
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