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Boys Basketball: Yellowjackets outlast Lakers in defensive struggle

Mark Schumacher led all scorers with 12 points in Perham's 36-34 victory over Detroit Lakes. Bob Williams/FOCUS1 / 2
Mark Schumacher contested Brian Labat's last-second shot. Labat missed to preserve the two-point victory for Perham. Bob Williams/FOCUS2 / 2

PERHAM--Detroit Lakes and the #5-2A Perham Yellowjackets nearly played to a stalemate in a defensive battle Saturday evening. Perham survived a last second Laker shot holding on for a 36-34 victory.

Both teams combined for only 25 points in the second half.

"The score of the game doesn't indicate anything on how the game was played," Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said. "Too many fans want all the scoring when the scoring couldn't be had due to the good defense played."

Detroit Lakes led at the break by one point, 23-22. Jordan Anderson missed a chance to send Perham into haftime ahead when his three-point attempt at the horn went awry.

The lead changed hands only four times in the second half, three of which came on three successive baskets culminating in a Jordan Anderson three-pointer that put Perham up 32-30.

DL's Rick Hutchinson tied the game at 32 and a three-minute scoring drought ensued to the five-minute mark.

"Sure we would have liked to score more, but they did a great job of running the box and one that we weren't ready for. I see both teams learning a lot from that game."

The Laker zone defense specifically targeted Jordan Cresap holding the Yellowjacket sharpshooter to just five points. Cresap only shot the ball four times from the field.

During the drought, Brian Labat hauled in his 495th career rebound, a high mark in Laker basketball history.

Perham's Jordan Bruhn added a free throw and a field goal to a DL bucket from Labat bringing the game to 35-34 with less than two minutes remaining.

Perham held onto the ball with patience trying to extend the lead but Mike Wiskow turned the ball over in the lane with 1:44 to go.

DL took their time looking for the go-ahead bucket. Joe Mollberg missed a baseline fadeaway as the clock slipped to 36 seconds remaining.

Kirk McLeod fouled Bruhn on the rebound putting Perham into the bonus.

Bruhn made the first attempt and missed the second allowing DL to win with a three or tie the game with a field goal, but the Lakers struggled against Perham's defense and a last-second shot missed.

Mark Schumacher led all scorers with 12 points. Bruhn added 10 for the Jackets.

Labat was the only Laker in double figures with 10 points. Hutchinson scored eight; Derek Long scored seven points.

Joe Mollberg had a dismal night from the field making only two of 12 attempts, due in large part to the defense of Mike Wiskow.

"I am very proud of our defensive effort especially Mike Wiskow the job he did with Joe Mollberg."

Detroit Lakes dropped to 12-5 on the season. Perham improved to 16-2.

Yellowjacket results

Detroit Lakes at #5-2A Perham, Saturday, Feb. 3.

Lakers 23 11 -- 34

Jackets 22 14 -- 36

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --DL: Labat 5-0-0-0-10; Hutchinson 1-2-0-0-8; Long 2-1-0-0-7; Mollberg 2-0-1-4-5; McLeod 1-0-0-0-2; Singer 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 23-4-11-16-69.

PER: Schumacher 4-0-4-4-12; Bruhn 2-1-3-5-10; Cresap 1-1-0-0-5; Anderson 0-1-0-0-3; Wiskow 1-0-1-2-3; Nordick 1-0-1-2-3. Team: 8-4-8-11-36.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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