Perham exacts revenge, wins at Pelican
PELICAN RAPIDS — Perham and Pelican Rapids duked it out for the first 18 minutes of play, which had a tied score five times and eight lead changes, the final being a huge momentum push for the Yellowjackets, as Perham defeated the Vikings 64-57 in Heart O’ Lakes Conference boys basketball Friday night.
Nick Bahls drained his fourth three-pointer of the first half with four seconds remaining to give Perham a 32-31 lead going into the break, but more importantly, the edge in momentum.
“Tyler delivered a great pass and I was feeling good in the first half,” said Bahls. “That did help with momentum, a lot.”
Bahls was 4-7 from behind the arc. As a team, Perham was 6-13 from long range.
Perham avenged a one-point loss at home to the Vikings earlier this season and controlled the second half of Friday night's game.
Hunter Salathe took over in the second half getting three-point attempts the hard way getting to the line with a bucket down on four of Perham’s first six offensive trips after halftime.
Salathe was 7-12 doing much of his work deep in the paint.
Tyler Glines joined Salathe and Bahls in double figures. Glines led Perham with 18 points, 10 in the second half. Salathe scored 17. Bahls had 16.
Glines was 4-6 from the field, had five assists and two blocks.
“That was a fun game,” said Bahls. “They’re a big rival for us. That’s a good away win for us, to say the least.”
Ryan Bruggeman led Pelican Rapids with 21 points. He was held to seven in the first half after being hawked by Perham's Eli Beachy. Bruggeman scored most of his points late in the game trying to rally Pelican Rapids from a 10-point deficit.
Perham led 53-43 with 3:10 remaining on a pair of Bahls free throws.
Blaine Gorton and Nathan Sillerud scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, for Pelican Rapids.
Perham played a clean basketball game with Pelican Rapids in the double bonus and Perham showing one team foul with 2:00 remaining. Perham was able to use those extra fouls to make getting up the court difficult on the Vikings causing time to run out on any chance of Pelican Rapids' rally.
Perham relied heavily on their starting five, who played all but four minutes of game time. Beachy, Glines, Salathe and Bahls were on the floor the entire 36 minutes.
Perham had not won in Pelican Rapids since a 50-48 victory Jan 26, 2007.
Perham improves to 5-2 in the HOL and move into a tie with Barnesville for the conference lead. Pelican Rapids falls to 5-3 and have lost three consecutive games. Barnesville, Breckenridge, Hawley and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton were all scheduled to play HOL games Friday but were postponed due to weather.
Final: PER 64, PEL 57
Half: PER 32, PEL 31
PER: Glines 18, Salathe 17, Bahls 16, Beachy 8, Muer 5.
PEL: Bruggeman 21, Gorton 13, Sillerud 10, Haugen 9, Mackner 4.