Boys Basketball: Jackets escape Cowboy upset
PERHAM -- Any talk of a sleeper team in the Heart O' Lakes Conference capable of upsetting either Perham or Pelican Rapids has centered on the strong play of Barnesville (4-4, 11-7). The Trojans narrowly lost to Pelican Rapids on the road by seven points in late January.
Either of the top teams in the HOL can have a close game on any given night and for the Yellowjackets, that game was at home versus Breckenridge Thursday night, when Perham snuck out of their home gym with a four-point victory over the Cowboys, 54-50.
Both teams had two players make up the bulk of scoring.
Jordan Anderson and Jordan Bruhn combined for 38 points, 19 each.
Parker Busse had 14 for Breckenridge and freshman Nate Lorenz led all scorers with 30 points and nine rebounds.
A four-point scoring differential in the first half was the deciding factor in the game as Perham went into the break up 24-20. The teams played an even second half with each team scoring 30 points.
Mike Wiskow, Mark Schumacher, Jordan Cresap and Hunter Salathe scored four points each.
Schumacher fouled out of the game on a 2-9 shooting night. Cresap also struggled from the field hitting only one of seven attempts.
The Cowboys closed to within two points with under 10 seconds remaining, but Anderson sealed the game from the free throw line to give Perham its 15th victory in 17 games.
The win keeps #5-2A Perham on pace with #4-2A Pelican Rapids at 7-1, atop the HOL standings.
The Vikings beat up the Hornets 75-49 in Frazee Thursday night.
Pelican Rapids will face Hawley (5-3, 10-5), Barnesville and Breckenridge again down the final stretch of the season.
Perham will need to defeat Hawley, as well, along with Barnesville, to secure the top spot in the standings.
Of Perham's remaining seven regular season games, five are at home.
Pelican Rapids has four games home and away to finish their season and prepare for section playoffs.