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Perham continues success at home with victory over Little Falls

Perham's Martin LaFond lays it up and in for two points during the first half against the Little Falls Flyers. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The Perham Yellowjacket boys basketball team used a strong start to the game and cruised to a 70-45 victory over Little Falls on Feb. 16 in Perham.

“I thought it was okay. I wouldn’t call it an excellent game. I thought our defense was lackluster at times. We did enough things offensively and they did some things different defensively against our ball screen attack that we haven’t seen. It took awhile to adjust,” Perham head coach Dave Cresap said. “We scored 70 points again and that’s a lot of points on the board. I’m pleased with the win, but we can be better.”

The Yellowjackets were strong from beyond the arc, hitting 12 3-pointers in the game. Reid Moser and Jenson Beachy led the way from three. Moser hit four, while Beachy hit three. Josh Jeziorski added a pair of triples as well in the win.

“That’s pretty good and we have guys that can really stroke it. It was good to see Reid come out there and knock them down. Jenson hit a couple and Josh came off the bench hit a couple,” Cresap said. “I’m pleased, yes, but we can be better. We have to really improve on the areas that we need to as we go down the stretch and get deep in that tournament.”

The Yellowjackets caught fire, racing out to a 26-5 lead in the first half. However, they allowed the Flyers to just hang around for most of the first half and early into the second half. The Flyers lingered around in the first half, cutting the lead down to 14 points at the break.

Yet, it was the duo of Moser and Beachy helping Perham to the strong first half lead. Moser hit three 3-pointers on his way to 11 first half points. Beachy hit one from three, but attacked the hoop getting eight of his points in the paint, finishing with 11 in the first half.

The Flyers cut the lead down to 12 points early in the second half, 43-31, but a 15-2 run put the game away for the Yellowjackets. Aaron Solberg started the run by attacking the basket. He scored four of his eight points during the stretch. Moser, Jeziorski and Beachy hit 3-pointers, while Beachy added another basket as well. Perham pulled away, outscoring the Flyers, 32-21, in the second half, earning the victory.

The Yellowjackets reached the 20 win plateau for the second consecutive season with the victory. They improve their season mark to 20-2 overall. They have won nine straight games and are now 8-2 at the Prairie Wind Middle School. The Yellowjackets head to the road for their final regular season road game. They travel across the state to take on the Proctor Rails on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. The Rails are 12-9 overall but have won 10 of their last 13 games after a 2-6 start to the season.

“We want to keep those fans coming, because we need the support. We have big games coming with a couple at home,” Cresap said. “We just have to get better, we want to go to the state tournament.”

The Yellowjackets close out the regular season with three straight home games after the trip to Proctor. They close out at home with Pelican Rapids, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Pequot Lakes.

LFA 24 21--45

PER 38 32--70

LFA- Austin Weisz 10, Joe Alholm 10, Dylan Lukasavitz 14, Tyler Schlattman, Michael Hanowski 5, Derek Poser 2, Logan Schuett 2

3-point goals- Weisz, Alholm 3, Lukasavitz 4, Hanowski

PER- Aaron Solberg 8, Reid Moser 14, Jenson Beachy 19, Martin LaFond 7, Josh Jeziorski 8, Ben Winkels 3, John LaFond 4, Seth Johnson 3, Logan Richter 4

3-point goals- Moser 4, Beachy 3, LaFond, Jeziorski 2, Winkels, Johnson

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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