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Hunter Salathe scored 14 points in Perham's upset victory over No. 3-2A Hawley. Photo by Robert Williams/FOCUS

Perham upsets No. 3 Hawley in double overtime

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PERHAM -- Five Perham shooters scored in double figures and the Yellowjackets outshot No. 3-2A Hawley at the charity stripe to come away with a 69-67 upset victory in double overtime Tuesday evening in Heart O' Lakes boys basketball action.

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Perham outscored Hawley 8-6 from a tie at 61 after the first overtime to seal the victory. Tyler Glines scored five of his 14 points in the second extra frame.

Up 67-64, Perham fouled Devon Pekas to send him to the line negating a tying three-point effort. Pekas made one of two shots and Glines stepped to the line and stroked two freebies to seal the game 69-65. Hawley added a tip as the horn sounded for the two-point final.

Glines, Hunter Salathe and Josh Nordick led Perham, all scoring 14 points.

Eli Beachy scored 13, including four buckets from behind the arc. Jordan Hein scored 12 points in a balanced offensive attack.

Salathe played a solid game but played much of the time in foul trouble missing key minutes.

"It was hard to watch the game," Salathe said. "I wanted to be on the court. Whenever Sam Muer and Matt Formanek went in they battled and kept us in there the whole time."

Hawley had a distinct height advantage, especially with Salathe out, but Perham's typical defensive pressure sent the Nuggets to the line instead of giving up easy baskets.

"We're not that big of a team, but we work hard in practice every day and put our heart into every play," Salathe said.

Hawley made 15-26 free throw attempts.

Perham had 25 free throw attempts and made 19; making those four extra points count in the final tally.

"We were pumped," Beachy said. "We were pretty confident that we were going to pull this one out."

Perham got off to a fast start building a 22-14 lead with eight minutes remaining in the first half before a five-minute scoreless drought for both teams quelled scoring. Perham held a nine-point advantage at the half 27-18.

Perham's lead fluctuated from two points at 31-29 to as much as 11 points at 42-31 with 10 minutes to play in regulation.

Nugget forward Ben Ellefson led a Hawley charge in the second half and he drained a three-pointer from the corner to give Hawley a lead at 48-47 with 3:53 to play.

Ellefson scored 20 points. Pekas led all scorers with 25 points, including four three-pointers.

There were five lead changes in the final four minutes of regulation, including two with less than a minute remaining, creating a frenzied atmosphere in the Perham gymnasium.

Beachy hit his fourth three with 1:40 on the clock to put Perham up 54-53.

Jordan Harms scored for Hawley on the break after a Perham turnover to go up 55-54. Salathe hit one of two free throws with 43 ticks left to tie the game.

Both teams turned the ball over with a chance to win the game in the waning seconds.

Pekas drained a runner with one second remaining in the first overtime to tie the game at 61.

Ellefson had a three attempt for the lead with 10 seconds remaining in the first OT but missed and fouled out sending Salathe to the line, who made one to up Perham's lead to 61-59.

"It's awesome," Salathe said. "We know that we can do it."

That can-do attitude comes from a core group of players who have the experience of watching what it takes to win huge games. Tuesday night, they put that experience to work.

Perham seemed a bit more poised in pressure situations and Hawley played like a ranked team trying to defend the accolade.

"We know that we graduated a great senior class," said Salathe. "They set the foundation for our program. We're a new team and we have they same dream that they did. We want to go back to state."

Perham is 3-1 and Hawley 2-1 in the HOL standings. No.1 Pelican Rapids is alone on top at 3-0 with a match-up with Hawley this coming Friday.

A Nugget win and a Perham victory over Frazee and all three top teams could find themselves in a relative tie with only one loss.

"We're expecting to see Pelican once or possibly twice down the road and we're excited for that too." Beachy said. "We're ready to show some people what we're made of."

The loss was Hawley's first of the season.

Scoring:

HAW 18 37 6 6 -- 67

PER 27 28 6 8 -- 69

HAW: Pekas 25, Ellefson 20, Crompton 10, Harms 4, Leaf 3, Johnson 2, Regnier 2, Teeples 1.

PER: Glines 14, Nordick 14, Salathe 14, Beachy 13, Hein 12, Muer 2.

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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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