First place Jackets trip up Cowboys
PERHAM — From a six-all tie, the Perham Yellowjackets defense clamped down on visiting Breckenridge allowing only two more first half baskets and controlling game tempo en route to a 51-36 win in Heart O’ Lakes boys basketball Thursday evening.
Perham led 23-10 at the half.
“We thought we did really great defensively coming in,” Tyler Glines said. “We thought we didn’t do as well in the second half. We could have done things better. We could have shot from the free throw line a bit better and executed our offense a little better.”
Offensively, the Yellowjackets frustrated the Cowboys and their fans forcing 30 Breckenridge team fouls and sending three visitors to the bench as Nate Blaufuss, Connor Yaggie and Nate Lorenz all fouled out in regulation.
Hunter Salathe led Perham with 13 points, 11 of them coming from the line as the senior drove hard to the basket picking up 20 foul shots.
Eli Beachy scored 12 points; Nick Bahls added 10; Sam Muer scored eight points.
Glines and Salathe led Perham with eight rebounds each. Glines scored six points.
The win comes after a Yellowjacket loss at Fergus Falls Tuesday that Perham let slip away being outscored 13-0 down the stretch to erase a 10-point Perham lead.
Perham played Thursday night like a team that would not be denied and had plenty of denial for the Breckenridge offense.
Perham has won eight straight games against the Cowboys, a streak dating back to 2010.
“The Fergus game kind of stuck with us because we felt like we outplayed them for 33 minutes and then we gave that one away. This was a nice one to get back into it. Get back home again. We thought we could have done better tonight.”
Perham hosts Detroit Lakes Saturday for a girls/boys doubleheader with the Lakers starting with the girls game at 6 p.m. at PWMS.
The Lady Jackets will have their hands full. Detroit Lakes upset No. 3AAA Thief River Falls Thursday night 70-57. The Prowlers came into the game undefeated at 16-0. DL's junior center Shay Nielsen led all scorers with 22 points.
The Laker boys are 11-5 this season.
Perham improves to 13-5 overall and remain in first place in the HOL at 6-2 tied with Barnesville.
Barnesville won at Hawley in overtime 76-68. Hawley’s Ben Ellefson scored a game-high 30 points. Michael Strand returned for Barnesville after missing most of January.
Pelican Rapids defeated the Hornets in Frazee 86-61. The Vikings are 6-3 in the HOL. Frazee drops to 0-7 in the conference.
The Perham junior varsity continued their hot play picking up their 16th victory of the season against two losses with a 56-32 win over Breckenridge.
BRE 10 26 — 36
PER 23 28 — 51
BRE: Christensen 8, Lorenz 7, Hegge 7, Smith 5, Blaufuss 4, Rieff 3, Yaggie 2.
PER: Salathe 13, Beachy 12, Bahls 10, Muer 8, Glines 6, Moberg 2.