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Matt Formanek nabs a rebound while Hunter Salathe, left, blocks out Hudrlik. Josh Nordick (24) and Eli Beachy (1) are pictured. Robert Williams/FOCUS

Boys Basketball: Perham manhandles No.10-A Crosby-Ironton


PERHAM - The Perham Yellowjackets owned the second half of play in a blowout 65-44 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers Monday evening.


The Rangers came to the Class 2A Yellowjacket gymnasium ranked No. 10 in Class A and played to a one-point deficit with Perham up 25-24 at halftime. Perham led the entire first half until Crosby-Ironton took an 18-17 lead. The teams traded hoops to the break.

Hunter Salathe led Perham with eight points at halftime and added 10 in the second half to lead all scorers with 18 points. Salathe had nine rebounds putting him one board away from a double-double.

The benefactors of poor shooting from the Rangers, the Yellowjackets took advantage early in the second half erupting in a 12-0 run to go ahead 37-24 on a bucket by Jordan Hein.

Crosby-Ironton shot 38 percent from the field. Perham was 25-42 making nearly 60 percent of their shots. Perham's 10 percent shooting from three-point land (2-20) kept the game from being an even bigger disparity in score.

All but three buckets scored by the Yellowjackets came from within the charge circle.

The Yellowjackets continued to pile on the points expanding the lead to as much as 26 points when tri-captain Jake Anderson's three-pointer made the score 64-38 with two minutes to play.

"We really played our hearts out the whole game," Head Coach Dave Cresap said. "We didn't miss a loose ball."

Perham owned the glass pulling in 42 rebounds to only 19 from C-I. The Jackets had 18 offensive boards alone.

"We just talked about keeping the pressure on and finally we wore them out," said Cresap.

Perham (3-1) takes a three-game win streak into Pelican Rapids (2-1) to face the No. 3-ranked 2A Vikings in what has been a rowdy gym full of late-game Viking heroics the past two seasons, including the only loss suffered by the 2010-11 state championship Yellowjackets in overtime.

Pelican Rapids enters the game on a two-game win streak after pounding 3A Detroit Lakes on the road 66-36 and defeating No. 6-2A St. Peter this past Saturday in Minnetonka 59-55.

Since the season-opening loss to Minnehaha (3-0), the Yellowjackets have outscored their opponents Staples-Motley, Crookston and Crosby-Ironton by 29, 20 and 21 points.

Yellowjacket Results:

Crosby-Ironton at Perham.

Monday, Dec. 10.

PER 25 40 - 65

C-I 24 20 - 44


Hunter Salathe 18 (9 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl); Tyler Glines 10 (5-7 FG, 6 reb, 7 ast, 2 stl); Josh Nordick 10 (4 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl); Eli Beachy 8 (7 reb, 4 ast); Jake Anderson 5; Matt Formanek 4 (2 reb); Jordan Hein 4 (8 reb, 2 stl); Sam Muer 4 (2 reb); Nick Bahls 2.


Daniel Hudrlik 12, Caleb Baker 10 (4 reb); Will Goodwin 7 (4 reb); Brody Tesdahl 5; Andreas Lorck-Schiernig 4; Garrett Van Horn 4; Riley Jacobs 2 (7 reb).

2 FG-- Per-- 25/42; C-I -- 15/39.

3 FG-- Per-- 2/20; C-I -- 4/10.

FT-- Per-- 9/12; C-I -- 2/5.

Rebounds-- Per-- 42 (18 Off); C-I -- 19 (5 Off).

Assists-- Per-- 18.

Steals-- Per-- 9.

Turnovers-- Per-- 12; C-I -- 21.

Fouls-- Per-- 11; C-I -- 17.

Statistics courtesy

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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