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Perham boys hoops bounce back with road win

Perham's Aaron Solberg throws it down with two hands for one of his three dunks and game high 22 points. Jason Groth/FOCUS1 / 5
Perham's Josh Jeziorski uses the finger roll for two points in Perham's HOL conference victory over Frazee. Jason Groth/FOCUS2 / 5
Perham's Logan Richter puts the ball up strong off the glass for two points against the Frazee Hornets. Jason Groth/FOCUS3 / 5
Perham's Reid Moser gets the lay in for the Yellowjackets as they cruised to a road victory over Frazee. Jason Groth/FOCUS4 / 5
Perham's Jenson Beachy cuts his way to the basket, drawing the contact, on his way for two points. Jason Groth/FOCUS5 / 5

The Perham Yellowjacket boys basketball team bounced back from its first loss with a convincing 84-37 drubbing of the Frazee Hornets at the Frazee High School on Dec. 15.

Aaron Solberg led the way with 22 points, including three dunks which got the Perham faithful excited. Reid Moser and Jenson Beachy finished with 10 points each.

The Yellowjacket defense improved after a shaky first half. They allowed seven points for most of the second half, before eventually yielding double figures in the half.

"The first half I was a little disappointed with our intensity level. We still scored 46 points but we gave up 24 points in the first half," Perham head coach Dave Cresap said. "For a long time in that second half, we stepped up a lot. We held them to seven points for a long time in that second half."

Solberg was a dominating force inside for the Yellowjackets. He finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. He was 10 of 13 from the field. He helped control the interior in the second half and helped the Yellowjackets out-rebound the Hornets by 17, 39-22. Logan Richter hauled in seven rebounds, while adding nine points as well.

"Aaron Solberg really led the charges with great energy and did a lot of good things, both on the defensive end and the offensive end with three dunks," Cresap said. "That got us going and Reid Moser really stepped up offensively and got more aggressive. It was a matter of time, we were making shots and played a lot better in the second half."

While the defense improved against the Hornets, the Yellowjackets still have improvements to make on that side of the basketball. Some of those improvements were made in the second half when they limited the Hornets to just 12 points.

"Our defense has to get better. We still have so much to work on where we can still get better yet," Cresap said. "I thought in the second half we showed some of the things we have been working on and carried it over into the game. We took a lot of their stuff away. They threw up some shots that went in, but when you only allowed seven-eight points for quite a bit of that second half, I was pretty pleased."

In all, 12 Yellowjackets found the hoop in the win. Henry Kellerhuis led the way for the Hornets. He finished with a team high of 10 points. Vincent Helmers and Anthony Santos added six points each.

The Yellowjackets move their season mark to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Heart O'Lakes Conference. They return to action on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. against Park Rapids Area at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium.

PER 46 38--84

FRA 25 12--37

PER-Aaron Solberg 22, Reid Moser 10, Jenson Beachy 10, Martin LaFond 6, Josh Jeziorski 8, Ben Winkels 3, John LaFond 2, Seth Johnson 2, Carter Cresap 5, Ryan Kalina 3, Logan Richter 9, Colton Kostynick 4

3-point goals- Moser 2, Beachy, LaFond 2, Jeziorski 2, Winkels, Kalina

FRA- Chris Hughes 4, Cole Fleisher 5, Dustin Parsons 4, Henry Kellerhuis 10, Vincent Helmers 6, Jonathan Hoffmann 2, Anthony Santos 6

3-point goals- Fleisher, Kellerhuis, Helmers 2

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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