Top-seeded Jackets patiently push past No. 9 Trojans
No. 9 Barnesville tried to take the air out of the ball, but top-seeded Perham remained patient and led for the entirety of the game in a 55-28 Section 8AA quarterfinal victory Saturday at Concordia College in Moorhead.
Barnesville stalled with the ball offensively and killed much of the clock in the first half. The tactic worked in keeping Barnesville in the game. Four minutes into play, Perham held a 2-1 lead.
Perham players and fans were frustrated by the slow play but the Yellowjackets went to halftime leading 18-8.
Perham was unable to get in a groove offensively, but got buckets from six different players in the opening 18 minutes. Logan Richter led all scorers at the half with five points.
Yellowjacket junior Martin LaFond had the hot hand coming out of the break scoring all 11 of his points in the opening 10 minutes to stake Perham to a 37-16 lead with 8:33 to play. LaFond had two buckets from the arc and picked up three the hard way with a basket, and one, during his scoring stretch.
Jenson Beachy also caught fire in the second half after a cold shooting opening 18 minutes scoring 18 points to lead all scorers. Perham’s all-time scoring leader put up 15 points in the second half.
Perham led by as many as 30 points on a layup from Colton Kostynick late in the game for a 55-25 lead.
Reid Moser scored eight points; Richter and Aaron Solberg added six points each for the Jackets.
Kellen Hinsz, Adam Tonsfeldt, and Connor John all had six points for the Trojans.
The Trojans finish the season with an overall record of 9-18.
Perham improved to 26-2 and caught a break in their half of the section bracket. The Yellowjackets will play the winner of No. 12 Warroad and No. 13 Pelican Rapids Tuesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. back at Concordia.
The Vikings upset No. 4 Staples-Motley, while the Warriors took out No. 5 Roseau. Perham has a chance to advance to the section final without playing a team seeded higher than ninth.
No. 2 Breckenridge plays No. 7 Wadena-Deer Creek and No. 3 Crookston and No. 6 Hawley square off Saturday night in the other half of the bracket.
BAR 8 20 - 28
PER 18 37 - 55
BAR - Hinsz 6, John 6, Tonsfeldt 6, Peterson 4, Aakre 3, Inniger 3.
PER - Beachy 18, M. LaFond 11, Moser 8, Richter 6, Solberg 6, Jeziorski 2, Kostynick 2, J. LaFond 2.