Perham keeps Frazee winless in HOL; Hawley defeats Pelican Rapids for first place share
PERHAM — Frazee played Perham tough in the first half for the second time this season but met the same fate as the result of the teams’ earlier meeting when Perham raced out of the halftime break and buried the Hornets. Perham ran away from Frazee 69-33 Tuesday evening on Senior Night in Perham.
Frazee trailed by six 28-22 at halftime. Perham’s defense allowed only 11 second half points to Frazee and the Yellowjackets made the Hornets pay going on an 18-6 run midway through the final half leading 46-28.
In the 54-41 Perham victory Jan. 10 at Frazee, the Hornets trailed by only four at the break but Perham dictated play in the latter half and allowed only 16 second half Hornet points.
With parity afoot in the Heart O’ Lakes Conference this year, the Hornets have felt the sting of 11 losses with one league game remaining. That game is on the road Friday night at the home of the hottest team in the HOL - the Hawley Nuggets.
Tuesday night saw all seven teams in action with three league games.
Ben Ellefson scored 31 points to lead Hawley over Ryan Bruggeman and the Pelican Rapids Vikings 78-75. Bruggeman scored a game-high 34 points. Dillon Omberg added 23 points for the Nuggets.
All eight seniors saw time on the court in Perham’s victory. Seniors Eli Beachy and Tyler Glines led all scorers with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Fellow seniors Hunter Salathe (11) and Nick Bahls (10) put four Perham scorers in double figures.
Juniors Sam Muer and Chris Kenntemich had nine and eight points. Senior Josh Meader added a late layup for his two points.
Hawley has won three straight games over Crookston, Perham and Pelican Rapids to move over .500 for the first time this season at 10-9 overall. The Nuggets have made their wins count taking eight of 11 HOL games to lead the conference at 8-3 after defeating Pelican Rapids Tuesday night.
The defending HOL champion Nuggets are tied with Barnesville. The Trojans won in Glyndon over D-G-F 69-54 to keep pace at 8-3.
Perham is a half-game back at 7-3. Pelican Rapids is 7-4.
A Hawley victory in Friday’s game with Frazee will assure the Nuggets of a share of the Heart O’ Lakes title.
Barnesville will host Perham Feb. 20 in a game that will decide who shares the title with Hawley, assuming Perham wins this Friday at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
Pelican Rapids concludes HOL play at home versus Breckenridge Friday.
Breckenridge played a non-conference game versus Wadena-Deer Creek winning 69-55.
Current HOL Standings:
Pelican Rapids 7-4
Hawley 78, Pelican Rapids 75
Half: H 38, PR 30
PR: Honrud 2, Bruggeman 34, Mackner 3, Haugen 18, Taylor 2, Gordon 8, Sillerud 8.
H: Leaf 5, Omberg 23, Ellefson 31, Teeples 5, Thompson 4, Regnier 10.
Perham 69, Frazee 33
FRA 22 11 — 33
PER 28 41 — 69
FRA: Wokasch 12, Bellefueille 8, Karger 7, Daggett 3, Tangen 2, Johannes 1.
PER: Beachy 15, Glines 14, Salathe 11, Bahls 10, Muer 9, Kenntemich 8, Meader 2.