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Josh Nordick had a hot hand Saturday scoring 21 points after missing a game due to a concussion. Photo by Robert Williams/FOCUS

Nordick pours in 21 in return at Detroit Lakes

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DETROIT LAKES - After missing a game due to a concussion, Josh Nordick returned to the lineup and led Perham with 21 points as the Yellowjackets won their ninth straight game taking out the Lakers 64-41 Saturday evening.

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As has been the case in recent games, Perham steadily pulled away from their opponent.

Perham traded baskets with Detroit Lakes until a Nordick score put the Yellowjackets up 13-12. Perham would not trail again in the game.

By halftime, Perham led 33-19 on the back of a trio of three-pointers and 13 points from Nordick.

"I got a lot of time to shoot this week," Nordick said. "I couldn't practice until Friday so I allotted a lot of time and really worked on my shot, especially three-pointers."

Nordick was 7-10 shooting and 4-5 from the three-point line.

"I kind of had the hot hand tonight."

The Yellowjackets also continued a recent trend of dissecting the opposing defense allowing for Perham shooters to have open and frequently uncontested shots at the basket.

"We've got a bunch of talented kids and we're unselfish," Nordick said. "We're not going to take bad shots."

Perham improves to 14-4 on the season after starting 5-4 and have an average win differential of 23 points during the win streak.

"We're just worried about getting a win and not our stats, at all. It's fun to be leading scorer once in awhile but we really just want to get the win."

Tyler Glines scored 10 points, eight in the second half. Jake Anderson hit three shots from behind the arc for nine points.

Perham was hot from downtown hitting nine three-pointers.

With a hot shooting night from outside, Perham's big man Hunter Salathe had less work to do than has been the case lately. Salathe scored eight points, as did Eli Beachy.

The Yellowjackets have managed nine straight wins with different players taking the lead role. Nick Bahls filled in for Nordick at Breckenridge and led a two-man assault on the Cowboys' hoop with Salathe.

"Some nights some guys are feeling it and some scenarios they're just getting more open looks than the next guy."

Glines was perfect from the field shooting 5-5.

As a team, Perham shot 59 percent (23-39) and were nine of 12 from the charity stripe.

The Lakers struggled from the floor shooting 36 percent (14-39). DL was 4-22 (18 percent) from the arc compared to Perham's 9-15 (60 percent).

Kirk McLeod led Detroit Lakes scoring 12 points. Derek Long scored 10.

Perham won the rebound battle 26-16. Jordan Hein led the team with six.

Perham has defeated Detroit Lakes five straight years. The Lakers have not won a game in the series since February 28.

14 Yellowjackets saw time on the floor - Salathe, Beachy and Nordick all recording over 33 minutes. Hein left the game with two fouls with six minutes to go in the first half and played 22 minutes.

Pelican Rapids and Hawley both got wins Saturday. The Vikings (13-4) defeated Staples-Motley 72-43 in Pelican. The Nuggets (16-1) beat Crookston on the road 98-83.

Scoring:

PER 33 31 -- 64

DL 19 22 -- 41

PER: Nordick 21, Glines 10, Anderson 9, Salathe 8, Beachy 8, Bahls 5, Hein 3.

DL: McLeod 12, Long 10, Lyngaas 7, Groth 6, Cihak 3, Duncan 2, Hedstrom 1.

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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