Jackets have perfect week
Little rest was allotted the Yellowjacket boys basketball team as they hit the road for three games in five days coming up with victories in each contest.
Perham upped their overall record to 16-1 after defeating Staples-Motley, 81-36, Breckenridge, 53-45 and Detroit Lakes, 60-50, all on the road.
"They've been through a lot, physically and mentally," Head Coach Dave Cresap said.
Perham was forced to adapt to three different teams with little to no practice in between games, but that seemed to have little effect as the Jackets controlled the ball games in each of the contests.
The team also has to adapt to much of the well-intentioned hoopla that predestines their visits to opposing gymnasiums.
"They're going through some tough times with Zach Gabbard and it's going to be a very emotional game. It's going to be exciting." DL Head Coach Robb Flint said before the game.
The three-ball did much of the damage in the 10-point victory over Detroit Lakes in a game that appeared even on paper.
Jordan Cresap sank two long balls early. Nick Tobkin added a three and Jordan Hein came off the bench with two big threes and 10 first half points leaving the Lakers scratching their heads at the break down seven, 30-23.
Laker senior forward Josh Stalberger did what he could to keep DL in the game. He had a game high 21 points along with teammate Joe Mollberg, who had 15.
But the two-headed attack was too little to keep up with the consistent scoring from the Yellowjackets.
Cresap led the Jackets with 16. Tobkin had 15. Mark Schumacher added 11.
Points per game against was the only statistic with a dramatic difference between the Lakers and Yellowjackets and it was the difference in the ball game. Detroit Lakes scored 49 points in a holiday tournament loss to Zimmerman. The 50 points versus Perham was the next lowest output of the season.
Bruhn and Schumacher led the Perham effort at Breckenridge scoring 11 and 10 points respectively.
It was a poor shooting night for Perham. The 53 points scored was the second lowest total of the year. Perham scored 52 against Breckenridge in their first match-up and also scored 52 in their only loss of the season to Pelican Rapids.
Cresap was hot again at versus Staples-Motley hitting five three-pointers in a blowout of the Cardinals.
The Jacket defense did what it has done most of the year in shutting down the Cardinal offense. Staples-Motley's 36 points was the second worst output of the year.
The Yellowjackets will continue to be road warriors with six of their final nine games on the road, including the makeup game versus Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
Thanks to the efforts of Dave Klug at Concordia College, in Moorhead, the Cobbers will host the DGF versus Perham boys' makeup game at 7 p.m., at Concordia on Friday, Feb. 25.
"This very generous offer by Concordia is appreciated," Perham Athletic and Activities Director Fred Sailer said.
The schools came to an agreement to not charge admission for those who attended the postponed game in January.
"Since fans have already paid once to get into the game we'll ask for free will offerings," Sailer said.
According to Sailer, if the proceeds from the game go to the Gabbard family, Concordia will waive their normal facility rental fee; both schools have agreed to accept this offer.
From the money raised the schools will first pay for any of Concordia's labor expenses. The remainder will be donated to the Gabbard family fund.
"Everybody is pulling together for this," Cresap said. "His family really appreciates it. We can't thank the people enough for the outpouring for Zach."
Region-wide, communities from Crookston to Morris and many places in between have raised funds via concessions or free-will offerings for the Gabbard fun.
549 Concessions will be donating all profits and tips from concession stand sales at the boys basketball game Friday, Feb. 18 versus Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to the fund.