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Perham holds off Pequot Lakes in regular season finale

The Perham Yellowjacket boys basketball team closed out the regular season with 57-53 victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots on March 3 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium.

The Yellowjackets overcame a strong performance from Pequot Lakes’ Cody Huss. Huss led all scorers with 19 points, 15 of them coming from the 3-point line. Zach Sjoblad added 13 points, while Gage Westlund finished with 12 points.

The Yellowjackets had two players finish in double figures with Jenson Beachy leading the way with 17 points, while Reid Moser poured in 13 points.

The Yellowjackets found different ways to put points on the board, instead of the 3-pointer. The Yellowjackets hit just four 3-pointers in the game. Moser hit a pair for the Yellowjackets. However, it was their inside game that helped in a physical contest. The Yellowjackets attempted 20 free throws and were 17 of 23 from inside the arc.

Moser and Logan Richter were aggressive on the glass for Perham. Moser led the Yellowjackets with eight rebounds, while Richter grabbed seven. They were strong on the boards, while Aaron Solberg had a strong night altering shots. He recorded four of the team’s five blocks in the win.

The Yellowjackets finish the regular season with a 24-2 record overall and have unofficially locked up the No. 1 seed. The official seeds for the Section 8AA playoffs will be released tomorrow. The Yellowjackets have won 13 straight games, heading into the postseason.

The playoffs begin on Thursday, March 9 at the PWMS gymnasium at 7 p.m.

PQL 30 23--53

PER 28 29--57

PQL-Adam Casanova 2, Gage Westlund 12, Cody Huss 19, Zach Sjoblad 13, Tyler Manley 7

3-point goals- Westlund, Huss 5, Manley

PER-Aaron Solberg 6, Reid Moser 13, Jenson Beachy 17, Martin LaFond 4, Josh Jeziorski 8, Ben Winkels 3, Logan Richter 4, Colton Kostynick 2

3-point goals-Moser 2, Beachy, Winkels

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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