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Basketball: Jackets third at Great State Pacesetter

The Perham eighth grade boys basketball team finished in third place at the Great State Pacesetter tournament at Target Center in Minneapolis. Submitted photo.

The Perham eighth grade boys basketball team traveled to the Great State Pacesetter basketball tournament on June.

This is a tournament for teams who finished first or runner-up at the State Pacesetter tournament held earlier at the College of Saint Benedict.Teams from Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota participated in this tournament.

The Yellowjackets opened up the tournament against Dike New Hartford out of Iowa.The Jackets were really outsized in this game, but they executed with precision, along with some great defense and came away with a great first round win by a score of 40-32.

This win gave them a chance to play the two-time defending Great State champions from Bismarck.

Bismarck plays a very high intensity type defense so the Jackets knew they were in for a very tough game. The Jackets came out on fire and took a three-point lead into halftime.

Bismarck kept the pressure on and the Jackets kept hanging in there.With about two minutes to play, the Jackets trailed by three pionts.They were unable to make the big shot and were defeated 42-36 and now would be playing for third place against the Minnesota State champion team from Spring Grove.

This team had defeated the Jackets by two in the State Championship game, so the Jackets were looking for revenge.

Perham was in control most of the game holding a double-digit lead. Spring Grove made a run late, but the Jackets hung on for a 39-36 win and third place at the Great State.

Every player on the roster contributed a positive play which helped the Jackets win this game.

This event was a very special event put on by Pacesetter. Coach Cresap would like to see all of our teams set a goal of playing in this event someday.

They got to play two games on the Target Center floor which will be a memory they can cherish forever. Coach Cresap and Coach Beachy are very proud of the accomplishments by this group of young players. They would like to thank all the players for their hard work and great attitudes. Thanks to all the parents and fans of the players who supported these boys throughout this season. The future looks bright for the Jackets if they continue to work hard and realize the importance of being a TEAM.