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Boys Basketball: Perham mops up in preparation for big rematch at Pelican Rapids

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The New London-Spicer boys basketball team gave the #4-2A Perham Yellowjackets what they needed, an actual contest, after Perham cruised through its past two games over D-G-F and Park Rapids by a margin of 153-55.

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The Saturday victory over the Wildcats of 61-47 was the closest margin of victory for Perham in a six-game win streak since their only loss of the season to Ellsworth in the Worthington Tournament finals Dec. 28.

"It was a great game for us," Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said. "We didn't have the energy that we have had, but we had much better competition."

Perham improved to 14-1. The Wildcats fell to 5-10.

The Wildcats stayed with the Jackets keeping within five points into the second half.

"It was a pretty competitive game," New London-Spicer Head Coach Chad Schmiesing said. "We played them tough."

Midway through the second half, Yellowjacket 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions pushed the lead to 11 points. Perham held on for, given the huge point spreads in the past six games, a tight 14-point victory.

Jordan Anderson continued his mid-season scoring push leading the Yellowjackets with 13 points. Jordan Bruhn scored 11 and had five assists and three steals; Mark Schumacher and Mike Wiskow scored 10.

Aaron Ruter led the Wildcats with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Joey Dreier had six points, nine rebounds and five steals.

Game Notes: The Wildcats played without one of its top players, Tyler Halvorson, who injured an ankle early last week.

Perham 72, D-G-F 32

Story lines and a swarm of out of town press awaited the Yellowjackets and especially, Zach Gabbard, before and during the Thursday game versus Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

Gabbard scored his first points since returning to the Yellowjackets' lineup, in the 72-32 victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

It was Gabbard's second appearance on the court this season and in as many games.

Pre-game festivities included an announcement of the one-year anniversary of Gabbard's collapse at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Jan. 20, 2010.

Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap was also honored with a plaque commemorating his 400th coaching victory, which was attained Friday, Jan. 13 at Frazee.

Mark Schumacher scored 14 points and collected nine rebounds for the Yellowjackets.

Perham jumped out to an 11-0 advantage minutes into the game and stretched the lead to 16 at halftime.

Jordan Anderson led Perham with 16 points. Schumacher had 14 and Jordan Cresap had 13 points.

Zach Nelson's 16 points led the Rebels.

This Friday's match-up at Pelican Rapids will again be a battle of wills on defense for Perham and offense for the Vikings and will likely be played in the loudest, rowdiest gymnasium of the regular season.

"The atmosphere will be beyond what anyone can anticipate on Friday," Cresap said.

Pelican Rapids has won four straight and scored 87 or more points in each of those games. They host Barnesville (3-2, 10-4) on Tuesday.

Pelican Rapids is by far the highest scoring team in the Heart O' Lakes Conference averaging 77.1 points per game. Perham is third in conference scoring averaging 65.5.

Perham is the conference's best defensive club holding opposing teams to 45 points per game, while Pelican is third in the HOL allowing 53.

The game will mark the halfway point in conference play for Perham, being the seventh of 14 conference games.

A victory will push their lead to two games. Perham sits at 6-0 in the HOL. A Pelican victory over Barnesville Tuesday will bring them into Friday's match-up at 5-1. With neither team expected to lose the rest of the way, it sets up the pinnacle match-up of the season Friday night.

Perham will virtually lock up the conference title with a victory at Pelican Rapids. The Vikings, with a win, will likely force the same result as last season, a shared title between the two schools barring an unlikely upset of either team.

"We really need to step up our level of intensity and really need to take care of the ball at Pelican to have a chance to beat them," Cresap said. "They are playing at the highest level I have seen for a long time."

With a win Perham can put a stranglehold on the number one spot in sub-sections and sections. Currently, Perham is 9-0 in Section 8AA-South. Pelican Rapids is second at 7-1 going into the section/conference game with Barnesville Tuesday night.

Perham will face the Vikings a man short, as they have most opponents this season. According to Coach Cresap, Jordan Hein will not suit up again this season due to a back injury. Hein appeared in a few games early in the season, but has been at games in street clothes the past few weeks.

Game summary:

Half: P 36, DGF 20

DGF: Nelson 16, Dufault 8, Green 2, Dalziel 4, Karger 2.

P: Schumacher 14, Bruhn 9, Gabbard 2, Cresap 13, J. Anderson 3, Wiskow 8, J. Anderson 16, Nordick 3, Cavanagh 4.

Game summary:

NL-S 26 21 -- 47

Perham 30 31 -- 61

PERHAM - 25-47 FG (7-16 3-pt); 4-9 FT; 24 rebounds; 13 fouls ... Scoring: Mark Schumacher 10, Eli Beachy 3, Jordan Bruhn 11, Jordan Cresap 9, Mike Wiskow 10, Jordan Anderson 13, Josh Nordick 5 ... 3-point shots: Anderson 3, Nordick 1, Beachy 1, Cresap 1, Schumacher 1 ... Rebound leaders: Wiskow 6, Schumacher 5, Bruhn 4, Cresap 4 ... Assist leaders: Bruhn 5 ... Steal leaders: Bruhn 3.

NEW LONDON-SPICER - 20-51 FG (4-13 3-pt); 3-6 FT; 31 rebounds; 13 fouls ... Scoring: Tanner Soupir 2, Justin Rodgers 5, Trent Boie 6, Joey Dreier 6, Aaron Ruter 27, Tyson Gislason 1 ... 3-point shots: Ruter 3, Rodger 1 ... Rebound leaders: Ruter 10, Dreier 9, Gislason 5 ... Assist leaders: Dreier 5, Ruter 2 ... Steal leaders: Ruter 2.

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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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