Marso, Battle Lake upset Perham at the horn
PERHAM — A night after beating Barnesville at the buzzer, the No. 4AA Perham Yellowjackets were victimized by Dan Marso at the horn in regulation to give the No. 6A Battle Lake Battlers a 52-51 upset victory Saturday afternoon.
Battle Lake trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half after Perham came out of the locker room on a 10-0 run to lead 42-28 four minutes into the second half.
“You can never give up on a game, obviously,” Marso said. “You’ve got to keep working. We had to get it done and we did.”
The Battlers were held scoreless until the 13:48 mark, but outscored Perham 22-9 down the stretch as Perham tried to milk the clock and the lead.
Friday night’s hero for Perham Tyler Glines hit a baseline three with 2:26 to play to give Perham a five-point spread 51-46. The Jackets would fail to score the rest of the game.
Battle Lake’s Petric Van Erp had a wide open shot trickle off the rim seconds later.
Tyler Ukkelberg scored at the 1:23 mark to cut Perham’s lead to 51-48, followed by VanErp with two free throws making it a 51-50 game with 36.6 ticks left on the clock.
Glines drove to the hoop but a left-handed layup would not fall in traffic and the referee let the play slide to a running objection from Glines and the Perham bench.
With a chance to win the game, the ball was loose in the Battle Lake end as time ticked down but Battle Lake called a timeout before a possession call was made. The Battlers would have had the possession arrow in their favor, regardless.
With 2.6 seconds remaining and an inbounds pass from their own bench, VanErp received a lob pass over Hunter Salathe behind the hoop without a clear shot at the basket.
Marso was lurking in the paint.
VanErp spied Marso, hit him with a soft pass and the Battle Lake senior sunk a baby hook shot right-handed for the win.
“It’s a pretty big deal,” Marso said. “It was a lot of fun. We came in here...they’re a great team; we’re a pretty good team. We just wanted to come in here and compete and we ended up winning. It’s awesome.”
The loss is the second in nine games for Perham who are 7-2 overall. The Battlers remain undefeated at 7-0.
Tyler Ukkelberg and VanErp led Battle Lake with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Glines scored a team-high 15 for Perham and Hunter Salathe recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Perham will travel to their annual holiday destination at the Worthington tournament and will open up play against the host Trojans (3-3) Friday, Dec. 27.
Battle Lake will host Osakis (3-5) Saturday, Dec. 28.
BL 28 24 - 52
PER 32 19 - 51
BL: Tyler Ukkelberg 15, Petric VanErp 14, Tony Ukkelberg 9, Dan Marso 6, Nick Trosdahl 6, Andrew Van Erp 2.
PER: Tyler Glines 15, Hunter Salathe 13, Nick Bahls 12, Sam Muer 11.