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Boys Basketball: Perham enters playoffs on nine-game win streak

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The Perham Yellowjackets finished their regular season with an impressive record of 23-2 after a 62-32 win over Wadena-Deer Creek and a 44-38 victory over a tough Ulen-Hitterdal team.

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"I thought we played a very good second half against Wadena on Friday night at Concordia," Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said. "The kids have always and continue to play hard and that is a very positive going into the playoffs."

Perham played both games without starting point guard Jordan Bruhn. Bruhn is expected to be ready to go come Thursday's playoff game against Frazee.

"We beat a very good Ulen team on Saturday afternoon," said Cresap. "You always want to head into playoffs on a winning note and that is what we did."

According to Cresap, Bruhn should be playing at nearly full strength come Thursday.

Perham proved they could win a playoff game without Bruhn last year defeating Hawley while Bruhn recovered from pneumonia. The Jackets, however, are a different team without his playmaking abilities in the lineup and to advance in the sub-section, Bruhn will need to be on the floor.

Mark Schumacher continued his consistent play at center.

Schumacher scored a dozen against Wadena-Deer Creek and poured in 17 against Ulen-Hitterdal.

Jordan Cresap led Perham against the Wolverines with 15 points.

Perham is ranked No. 2 in the 8AA Southwest Sub-section and will face No. 7 Frazee Thursday, March 8 in Perham. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Pelican Rapids got the top seed and will host No. 8 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton the same night.

Perham will play the winner of No. 3 Hawley and No. 6 Wadena-Deer Creek. Pelican Rapids will match up against the winner of No. 4 Breckenridge and No. 5 Barnesville.

Crosby-Ironton and Bagley are the top two seeds in the Northeast 8AA Sub-section.

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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.
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