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Perham holds off second half surge

Perham's Jenson Beachy hits the floater in traffic against Breckenridge on Tuesday. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Perham-The Perham Yellowjacket boys basketball team raced out to a big first half lead, and held off a Breckenridge surge in the second half in picking up a 79-72 victory on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

The Yellowjackets led by 16, 37-21, at the break. However, a big surge from Nate Lorenz helped the Cowboys close the lead to three. Sam Muer and Zack Tellinghuisen hit several key shots and free throws to close out the Cowboys at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium.

“Overall, I thought our intensity level was tenfold compared to what we had against Barnesville. We played great defense. They scored some points on us, but a lot of it was by Lorenz, who is just too big for us,” Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said. “A.J. Johnson set the tone against Lorenz. Our guards played well on the perimeter.”

Sam Muer led the way with a team high of 30 points. He dished out 10 assists to record the double-double.

“We brought offense. We executed everything so well offensively,” Cresap said. “Sam Muer decided he was going to really play tonight and he did. He was a team leader. It was an outstanding effort by our boys.”

Jaden Anderson added 21 points. He hit five 3-pointers in the game. Jenson Beachy finished with 16 points.

Perham built up the lead early with an 11-0 run, 23-11. The Yellowjackets stretched it to 50-33 in the second half, after baskets by Anderson and Muer.

However, Lorenz took control in the paint for Breckenridge. He helped the Cowboys cut the lead down to two, 57-55. He capped off a 22-7 run, and a mini nine-point run.

“He took control inside because we were trying three different posts. We are going to challenge those three kids,” Cresap said. “Zack Tellinghuisen did a real nice job the last eight minutes. We have Aaron Solberg and Matt Siira, who will get better, play down the stretch and help us out. Tonight, it was the answer by Tellinghuisen that got it done.”

Perham answered the Cowboy run with baskets by Tellinghuisen and Beachy. Later in the half, Muer and Tellinghuisen hit key baskets that thwarted the comeback bid.

“I thought they played pretty poise, even though we started to rattle a bit,” Cresap said. “They held it together and it was a great team effort for those boys.”

The Yellowjackets sit at 2-2 overall on the season. The Yellowjackets travel to Battle Lake on Friday, Dec. 19.

“I’m really happy with our boys. We have potential to be really, really good,” Cresap said. “I’m trying to sell it across to them that if they stay together, keep working, get the fundamentals down and execute offensively, they are going to be tough to beat.”


Breckenridge  21-51—72

Perham             37-42—79


Breck-Nate Blaufuss 6, Tucker Krueger 4, Nick Jirak 2, Ashton Hegge 17, Steven Lipp 5, Zarek Reiff 6, Nate Lorenz 28, Eric Conzemius 4

3-point goals- Blaufuss 2, Hegge 3, Lipp, Rieff, Lorenz

Perham- Jenson Beachy 16, Christian Wiess 2, Jaden Anderson 21, Zack Tellinghuisen 8, Andrew Johnson 2, Sam Muer 30

3-point goals-Beachy 2, Anderson 5

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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