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Minnesota Timberwolves mascot Crunch brought his high flying act to Prairie Wind Gymnasium Tuesday night as Perham hosted Hawley. John George/EOT Illustrated

PHS Boys Basketball: Crunch not enough

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John George

Even with Timberwolves mascot Crunch cheering them on, the Yellowjacket boys couldn't secure their hold on the Heart O' Lakes Conference. Perham failed to capitalize on a chance to take sole possession of first place in the HOL as Hawley held on for a 51-48 win at Prairie Wind Gymnasium.

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The Nuggets entered the game on a six-game winning streak, including a 74-63 win over Breckenridge. Tuesday's win puts the Nuggets in a three-way tie for first with Perham and Breckenridge, all at 10-3 in the HOL.

Hawley got out to a 9-2 lead to start Tuesday's game, but Zach Gabbard sparked a Jacket run to get back into the game. A lay-up by the sophomore started a 14-2 run that gave Perham a 19-15 lead.

The Jackets led briefly by five points before Hawley ended the half on a 8-1 run, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, that gave the Nuggets a 26-24 lead at the break.

The two teams traded baskets most of the second half before Hawley finally took control in the final minutes.

The Nuggets led by four with less than 30 seconds to play when Ben Bucholz scored off an offensive rebound and was fouled with 18.3 left in the game. Bucholz missed the free throw, but got his own rebound, and was fouled again.

He missed the first free throw, but made the second, making the score 49-48 with 15.8 remaining.

Hawley's Taylor Harms didn't miss his free throw opportunities with 9.2 left. Bucholz had a last shot at a desperation 3-pointer to tie the game at the buzzer, but his shot fell short.

Bucholz finished the game with 18 points and seven boards. Zach Gabbard added 14 points.

Win over Lakers

Perham picked up a second straight win over their big school rival by beating Detroit Lakes Saturday night, 63-51.

The Jackets opened up a 34-19 lead by halftime and were able to hold on the the eight-point victory.

Bucholz led all scorers with 24 points. Gabbard was close behind with 22.

Rebel sweep

After nearly a week off, Perham opened a three-game homestand on Feb. 4 with a 67-56 win over D-G-F.

Guard Nick Tobkin hit a 3-pointer to snap Perham out of an early cold spell that tied the game, 9-9. It would be the junior's only points, as he left the game moments later with a nasty cut over his right eye, the result of a collision with a teammate. He left the gym, only to return later with 10 stitches.

Tobkin's basket was a spark for Perham. They outscored D-G-F, 15-3, after his three and opened a 21-12 lead. The Jackets went on to take a 34-22 lead into halftime.

With Tobkin out, and the Rebels closing in on Bucholz, Sam Stratton and Jordan Bruhn led the Jackets. Stratton led all scorers with 17 points to go with five rebounds. Bruhn dished out nine assists from the point guard position to go with seven points and five boards.

Bucholz finished with just eight points, but he did have five assists and a team-high seven rebounds.

The win gives Perham a season sweep over the Rebels after the D-G-F knocked the Jackets out of last year's playoffs.

On the road

Perham will have just one game over the next nine days, at Barnesville on Feb. 12. Perham beat the Trojans on Jan. 5, 80-63, for their fifth straight win in the series.

Thursday, February 4

Perham 67, D-G-F 56

D-G-F 22-34--56

Perham 34-33--67

Jackets--Sam Stratton 17, Zach Gabbard 13, Mike Wiskow 10, Ben Bucholz 8, Jordan Bruhn 7, Des Duffy 5, Jordan Cresap 4, Nick Tobkin 3.

Rebels--Clark 14, Gilles 11, Dejong 9, Cyr 9, Oppegard 4, Rieter 4, Dufault 3, Bjerke 2.

2-pointers--P 25, DGF 17; 3-pointers--P 4, DGF 4; Free Throws--P 5/14, DGF 10/13; Rebounds--P 20 (Bucholz 7), DGF 22; Assists--P 21 (Bruhn 9); Steals--P 5; Turnovers--P 13, DGF 19; Team Fouls--P 14, DGF 17.

Saturday, February 6

Perham 63, Detroit Lakes 51

Detroit Lakes 19-32--51

Perham 34-29--63

Jackets--Bucholz 24, Gabbard 22, Bruhn 6, Tobkin 5, Stratton 4, Wiskow 2.

Lakers--McLeod 11, Stalberger 10, Hedstrom 8, Fode 8, B. Labat 7, Guetter 5, Hutchinson 2.

2-pointers--P 16, DL 15; 3-pointers--P 8, DL 6; Free Throws--P 7/8, DL 3/12; Team Fouls--P 12, DL 12.

Tuesday, February 9

Hawley 51, Perham 48

Hawley 26-25--51

Perham 24-24--48

Jackets--Bucholz 18, Gabbard 14, Tobkin 8, Bruhn 4, Wiskow 2, Duffy 1, Stratton 1.

Nuggets--Olson 20, Harms 13, Bjornson 11, Spaeth 4, Hanson 2, VanHavermaet 1.

2-pointers--P 13, H 16; 3-pointers--P 6, H 3; Free Throws--P 4/9, H 10/16; Rebounds--P 19 (Bucholz 7), H 23; Assists--P 11 (Bruhn 4); Steals--P 4; Turnovers--P 10, H 12; Team Fouls--P 15, H 12.

Heart O' Lakes Conf. All

Breckenridge 10-3 15-4

Perham 10-3 14-5

Hawley 10-3 13-4

West Central Area 9-5 11-6

Barnesville 6-6 11-7

Pelican Rapids 6-6 9-7

Lake Park-Audubon 5-7 8-9

D-G-F 5-7 7-10

Ulen-Hitterdal 2-11 5-14

Frazee 0-12 1-19

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