Perham keeps HOL title hopes alive with victory at Glyndon
GLYNDON — Despite a slow start, the Perham Yellowjackets continually built momentum en route to a 61-45 Heart O’ Lakes Conference boys basketball victory over the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels Friday night.
The victory assures Perham a shot at a share of the conference title with one conference game remaining at Barnesville next week.
Perham struggled to find the shooting touch early missing seven of their first eight shots allowing the Rebels to lead nearly the entire first half of play by as many as eight points.
Tyler Glines drained a three-pointer with 2:32 remaining in the half to give Perham its first lead at 21-18. Perham held the three-point advantage to a 27-24 buffer at the break.
The Rebels came out cold after halftime and Perham spurted to an 11-0 run to take control of the game. A Beachy three-pointer four minutes in highlighted the run and pushed the lead to 13 points.
“We’ve changed our mindset these past couple games,” Beachy said. “We’ve made some defensive goals. We’re starting to take it personal when people score on us. Trying to take it back to old Jacket ‘D.’”
Perham held a double digit lead to the three-minute mark when Rebel guard Zack Nelson hit a three to cut the lead to nine 52-43 at 2:59.
The Yellowjacket defense clamped down allowing only one more Rebel basket in the final stretch while sealing the game from the free throw line.
“Anything to get a win,” Beachy said. “Every game is tough in this section and conference. We’ve just got to take it play by play and game by game and do anything for the win and grit it all out.”
Nelson led all scorers with 15 points.
Guards Beachy and Glines controlled the point and attacked the Rebel zone by getting in the paint.
Both scored 14 points. Hunter Salathe added a dozen for the Yellowjackets.
In other HOL action, Breckenridge (9-12, 5-7) upset Pelican Rapids 84-79 in Pelican Rapids (15-7, 7-5). Ryan Bruggeman scored 39 points in a losing effort. Nate Lorenz led the Cowboys scoring 24 points.
Defending champs Hawley (12-10, 9-3) clinched a share of the HOL title with a 68-40 victory at home over Frazee (5-17, 0-12).
Perham (16-6, 8-3) will finish the season on the road Saturday at Class 3A Little Falls (9-13) and next Tuesday at Pequot Lakes (9-12) before a huge showdown at Barnesville (16-4, 8-3) Thursday, Feb. 20. The winner will clinch a share of the HOL championship with the Nuggets.
PER 27 34 — 61
DGF 24 21 — 45
PER: Beachy 14, Glines 14, Salathe 12, Muer 8, Bahls 8, Kenntemich 3, Johnson 2.
DGF: Nelson 15, Bjerke 13, Tahran 6, Matthews 5, Tollefson 4, Payne 1, Schumann 1.