Jacket hoopsters win two in a row
Before Tuesday night's game against Barnesville, Perham boys basketball coach Dave Cresap said his team needed to shoot well from the outside to bring the Trojans out of their packed-in 2-3 zone defense.
Cresap got just what he asked for as Perham made 11 three-pointers in their 64-51 win at Prairie Wind Gymnasium.
The Jackets were hanging on to a 10-5 lead midway through the first half when Michael Steeke and freshman Jordan Bruhn combined for five three's in six possessions to put Perham up 27-16. They held on for a 29-20 halftime lead.
Perham started the second half with three-pointers in their first three possessions, two by Nick Tobkin and one by Ben Waldon.
Barnesville wouldn't let Perham run away with the game, and stayed within reach until two more Tobkin three's put the game away.
Tobkin finished with 17 points by hitting five three's, four in the second half. He also had four assists and three rebounds. Jason Huus scored 16 points to go with eight boards. Steeke (12) and Bruhn (11) also finished in double figures.
Big win at DL
The Jackets built a big lead on the road in Detroit Lakes Saturday night and held on for a 62-56 win.
Steeke had a big night, scoring 16 of his 20 points in the first half as Perham held on to a 32-29 lead.
The Jackets opened up the game in the second half before the Lakers made a late run to narrow the gap.
"That was a big win for us," Cresap said. "We won on the road against a bigger school. That should help our confidence down the stretch."
Huus had another big game, scoring 20 and pulling down 10 rebounds. Anthony Ruther finished with seven assists and six boards to go with four points. Tobkin added eight points and seven rebounds.
"Big Country (Huus) had a big game, and we need him to be an inside presence for us to have success," Cresap said.
Hawley used a big first half to beat Perham 73-57 Thursday night.
The Nuggets hit on 10 three-pointers, including six by Taylor Harmes, who finished with 20 points. Seven of the team's three's came in the first half as Hawley built a 37-26 lead.
Huus also finished with 20 points for the Jackets, 14 coming in the second half. The senior center also led the team with eight rebounds. Waldon scored a season high 16 points to go with four assists and three boards. Anthony Ruther added 11 points with six assists and three boards.
The Jackets have an easy week ahead with just one game. The West Central Area Knights will be at Prairie Wind Gymnasium on Feb. 13. Perham beat WCA in Barrett on Jan. 5, 85-51.
They will have nearly a week off before traveling to Frazee for the second 'Battle of the Bees' on Feb. 19.