3's lead Perham past West Central Area

By John George It was a 3-point parade for the Perham boys basketball team Friday night against West Central Area. Four different Yellowjacket boys hit from long range as Perham ran away from West Central Area, 80-53. "We had a goo...

By John George

It was a 3-point parade for the Perham boys basketball team Friday night against West Central Area. Four different Yellowjacket boys hit from long range as Perham ran away from West Central Area, 80-53.

"We had a good balanced scoring attack," head coach Dave Cresap said. "We were a little wound-up at the start, but we settled in after a few minutes."

Perham was playing just their second home game of the season, and first since a 65-52 loss to Breckenridge on Dec. 11. Their anxiety over playing in front of the home fans was evident at first as WCA inched their way to a 20-14 lead midway through the first half. Enter sophomore Ben Bucholz, who score eight points with a pair of 3-pointers to lead a 13-0 Perham run. Todd Johnson then hit a pair of his own 3-pointers, and Bucholz added two more late in the half to help the Jackets to a 41-29 halftime lead. Perham hit a total of eight 3-pointers in the half.


The Knights slowly crept back into the game, and aided by a technical foul that resulted in a five point possession, they pulled to with five at 49-43 with eight minutes to play.

The Jackets leading scorer, Sam Rutten, was dogged by WCA defenders all night as they tried to make other players beat them. He finally broke free for a pair of three's to help Perham rebuild a 13-point lead.

Then Perham got a huge boost off the bench, as Anthony Ruther came in midway through the second half when Marcus Hendrickson got into foul trouble. Ruther scored 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting, in the final eight minutes of the game.

"Ruther played exceptionally well when he got in there, and we had big games from Todd Johnson and Kyle Mickelson," Cresap said. "We shot the ball well, but it was our defensive effort that made the difference. We rebounded especially well."

Perham outrebounded WCA by 11 (33-22) and Mickelson just missed a triple-double from his point guard position, scoring 12 points to go with nine rebounds and 10 assists. Bucholz was one of four Jackets in double figures as he finished with a game-high 20 points.

The Knights had won 3-of-4 games from Perham, including both last season.

Jackets fall at Hawley

Perham played straight up with No. 7-AA Hawley through the first half Tuesday night, but the Nuggets outscored the Jackets 38-20 in the second half for a 62-44 win.


Sam Rutten led Perham with 15 points.

The Jackets have lost the last five to the Nuggets (6-0, 5-0 HOL).

Battle of the Bees

Perham will continue on the road this week, starting with the first game in the Battle of the Bees at Frazee tonight (Jan. 10). The Hornets (1-5, 1-4 HOL) have not won a game in this series in over a decade.

The Yellowjackets will travel to Lake Park-Audubon (3-5, 2-3 HOL) on Jan. 15 before returning home on Jan. 18 when Crunch from the Timberwolves will entertain the crowd for the game against Pelican Rapids (5-4, 4-1 HOL).

Friday, January 4

Perham 80, West Central Area 53

WCA 29-24--53


Perham 41-39--80

Jackets--Ben Bucholz 20, Todd Johnson 15, Anthony Ruther 14, Kyle Mickelson 12, Sam Rutten 8, Marcus Hendrickson 6, Jacob Hunter 4, Nick Dockter 1.

Knights--Bredy 14, Richards 14, Lee 13, Strom 4, Haberer 2, Hough 2.

Field Goals--P 21/38, WCA 18/38; 3-pointers--P 12/27, WCA 2/11; Free Throws--P 5/8, WCA 11/17; Rebounds--P 33 (Mickelson 9), WCA 22; Assists--P 24 (Mickelson 10); Steals--P 8 (Mickelson, Hendrickson 3); Turnovers--P 11, WCA 16; Team Fouls--P 17, WCA 12.

Tuesday, January 8

#7-AA Hawley 62, Perham 44

Perham 24-20--44

Hawley 24-38--62

Jackets--Rutten 15, Hunter 6, Hendrickson 5, Johnson 5, Dockter 5, Ruther 4, Bucholz 2, Mickelson 2.

Nuggets--Olson 15, Hoag 12, Harms 12, Neumann 9, Sorenson 8, Schenck 6.

Heart O' Lakes Conf. All

#7AA Hawley 5-0 6-0

Breckenridge 4-1 9-2

Pelican Rapids 4-1 5-4

West Central Area 3-2 5-2

Perham 3-2 4-4

Lake Park-Audubon 2-3 3-5

D-G-F 2-3 3-7

Barnesville 2-4 4-6

Frazee 1-5 1-8

Ulen-Hitterdal 0-5 1-9

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