PERHAM — Tyler Glines hit a spinner in the lane at the buzzer to give No. 4AA Perham a 66-64 overtime victory over Barnesville in Heart O’ Lakes boys basketball action Friday night.
Glines brought the ball up the court with eight seconds remaining, drove the lane, spun to his right at the line and tickled an eight-footer into the twines over Michael Strand and Kyler Martz for the win.
“You’ve got to get down there quick and really make a quick decision,” Glines said “I took the open lane when I had it.”
Strand had tied the game at the free throw line after fouling out Eli Beachy the play prior to cap a monster night of 42 points for the Trojans. Martz added a dozen.
Perham’s starting five, however, had four players in double figures with Beachy scoring six on a busy night trying to contain Strand on the defensive end of the floor.
“Eli, Tyler, combined - took care of him as well as they could,” Nick Bahls said.
Glines’ game-winner was the last of a number of big shots in a game that also featured a few near misses.
Strand’s free throws to tie the game at 64 capped a perfect 17 for 17 effort at the line for the Barnesville senior.
Sam Muer scored 24 points to lead Perham before fouling out in overtime. Muer nailed a three-pointer from the right baseline with 1.8 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 58 and send it to a final four-minute showdown.
“We had a bunch of different people step up in both halves,” said Glines.
“It was a total team effort,” Muer said.
Perham led 55-54 with 2:48 to go in regulation after two Glines free throws and tried to stall after making a defensive stop.
Strand sniped the ball from Glines holding it above his head and made two more free throws to put Barnesville up 56-55 after being fouled on the breakaway with 1:21 to play.
Perham’s ensuing posession: Bahls turned the ball over on an errant pass to give Barnesville the ball back. Strand drove to the hoop and had a layup roll across and off the rim giving Perham new life.
Beachy had a three attempt from the baseline miss and Barnesville’s Ethan Ishaug pulled down the rebound, was fouled and sunk two from the line to push the lead to 58-55 setting up Muer’s tying shot late.
Strand had a shot from deep three-point range at the regulation horn that missed.
Barnesville led at halftime 25-22 on a dozen points by Strand combated by four threes and 14 points by Bahls, who had a hot first half scoring 63 percent of Perham’s points.
“I cooled down, but as a team we played better,” Bahls said.
Strand came out hot after the break scoring eight of Barnesville’s first 10 points leading to back-to-back three pointers and a 10-point lead with 11 minutes to play up 45-35.
Perham picked up the game tempo and got right back into the scrum three minutes later on back-to-back baskets by Muer who tied the game at 49 on a feed from Hunter Salathe with eight minutes remaining.
“In the second half, we really thought we got into our transition game and it got the crowd involved and it gave us more energy and passion and we played a lot harder when we got up and ran,” Glines said.
The lead changed hands four times to the regulation horn.
Perham’s victory was more meaningful after No. 3AA Pelican Rapids lost by 12 points at D-G-F 53-41. Brock Stalboerger led the Rebels with a double-double 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Rebels held Ryan Bruggeman to 14 points.
Bruggeman struggled in the first half with no field goals and only two free throws. Bruggeman finished the game 5-18 shooting, 14 points, seven rebounds, five steals, two assists with four turnovers. Bruggeman missed his first six shots and was held off the scoresheet without a field goal until 13:25 of the second half.
“It doesn’t mean much,” Muer said. “We’ve still got to play our game and don’t worry too much about the rankings. If we get overconfident and too cocky then it’s going to get to our heads.”
Other HOL teams in action Friday night: Frazee beat Wadena-Deer Creek 59-45; Breckenridge beat MACCRAY 70-58.
Perham pulls into a three-way tie for second place in the HOL at 2-1 with D-G-F and Hawley. Barnesville is alone a half-game back at 2-2. Pelican Rapids sits atop the conference at 3-1. Frazee and Breckenridge remain winless at 0-2 and 0-3, respectively. The Rebels win at home over Pelican Rapids makes the conference title anyone's to grab. Pelican Rapids had a chokehold after winning at Perham last week.
Only three teams won at Perham last year, Barnesville, Fergus Falls and the eventual state champions Minnehaha Academy. Barnesville is the only team to threaten Perham stoutly two years in a row and both games can be attributed to the efforts of Michael Strand.
"He's a good player," Bahls said. "I played AAU with him. He's a good teammate. He's an all-around...he's a dude."
Strand is a dude and should be highly commended for his effort Friday night trying to pull off the impossible and beat Perham at home two years in a row. His play was remarkable.
No rest for the Yellowjackets (7-1) as they will face No. 6A Battle Lake (6-0) today, Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m at PWMS.
Barnesville (3-3) was the only team to play Battle Lake closely so far this year losing 64-54 at home to the Battlers.
Forum News Service’s Chris Murphy contributed to this story.
BAR 25 33 6 — 64
PER 22 36 8 — 66
BAR: Strand 42, Martz 12, Ishaug 4, Sauve 4, Holland 2
PER: Muer 24, Bahls 16, Glines 10, Salathe 10, Beachy 6