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Perham rally comes up short against Detroit Lakes

Jason Groth/FOCUS Perham’s Max Plombon uses the behind-the-back dribble to get around a Detroit Lakes defender on Thursday.

The Perham Yellowjacket boys basketball team rallied for much of the contest, however, fell short to the Detroit Lakes Lakers, 53-45, on Thursday in Detroit Lakes.

The Yellowjackets were shutout for the first eight minutes of the game with Detroit Lakes building up a 17-0 lead.

“We started out just intimidated, and they came at us hard with their physical, senior bodies. We just backed down,” Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said. “We fell behind 15-0 and 17-3, but we calmed down and took care of the ball a little better. We were down about 10 at halftime, and from that point--the first eight minutes, I thought we played really well and out-played them the rest of the game.”

Instead of crumbling at the early deficit, the Yellowjackets came together. Perham cut the lead to four late in the second half; however, a 3-pointer by Sam Priem stopped the rally, enabling Detroit Lakes to hold onto the win.

“We had some key possessions. We were down four, but we turned the ball over twice on big possessions. I’ll give the kids credit, they were trying to make plays on those possessions, but it just didn’t work out,” Cresap said. “I’m very proud of our effort. We could have lay over and died against the 10th ranked team in the state, but we didn’t. We kept battling and gave them a ballgame.”

Christian Hedstrom led the way for Detroit Lakes with 18 points. Ryan Cihak added 15.

The Yellowjackets were led by Jaden Anderson and newcomer Max Plombon. The duo finished with 13 points each. Jenson Beachy finished with 11 points.

“The kids stayed with the game plan. I said don’t panic when if we get behind,” Cresap said. “We subbed five kids in, and they gave us some energy. Our bench was superb tonight. I thought the kids coming off the bench did a great job. I thought Aaron Solberg really did, and Jaden Anderson stepped up in the second half, and made some big shots for us. Our bench is really good. I’m proud of the bench, and really happy with their play. We have to keep getting better, we can’t be satisfied with being close, and we have to get a victory.”

As part of wholesale changes, Plombon brought some much needed energy to the Yellowjacket offense. Plombon hit two 3-pointers, and had one-hand put back jam.

“He (Plombon) is a dynamic player. He needs to learn our system. Right now, he is making mistakes that he won’t be making in a month, because he will know what he is doing,” Cresap said. “He is trying to make plays. He has some things to learn, but he is a good dimension for us.”

The bench gave the Yellowjackets several valuable minutes, especially inside with Aaron Solberg battling against the veteran forwards of Detroit Lakes.

“Aaron being 6’5” and a sophomore, showed me that he can play against some seniors,” Cresap said. “Down the stretch of this season, if he can continue to grow, and into next year, he will be a force.”

 Anderson helped key the comeback in the second half. He hit four 3-pointers. His last 3-pointer cut the lead to 10, 42-32, with 9:18 to go. Beachy and Christian Weis hit back-to-back baskets making it a six-point game.

After a Laker free throw, Beachy hit a 3-pointer, cutting the lead to four, 43-39.

However, two turnovers led to five straight points, including the 3-pointer from Priem.

The Yellowjackets cut it to six, but could not get any closer as the Lakers closed it out at the line.

The Yellowjackets fall to 9-11 overall on the season. The Yellowjackets have another tough test on Saturday, Feb. 7 when they take on Fargo Oak Grove at the Fargo Civic Center at 8:30 p.m.

Perham 12-33 — 45

Detroit Lakes 24-29 — 53

Perham-Jaden Anderson 13, Max Plombon 13, Jensen Beachy 11, Christian Weis 6, Aaron Solberg 2.

3-point goals- Anderson 4, Plombon 2, Weis 1, Beachy 2

Detroit Lakes- Christian Hedstrom 18, Ryan Cihak 15, Corbin Duncan 8, Ben Hokanson 5, Sam Priem 3, CJ Manning 2, Sam Champa 2.

3-point goals-Hedstrom 3, Priem, Cihak

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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