Beachy hits milestone in Perham victory
Perham’s Jenson Beachy is no stranger to making history for the Yellowjackets. The senior guard became the first 1,000 point scorer with a contested layup against Breckenridge, he became the school’s all-time leading scorer with a 3-pointer against Rockford. Just like his 1,000th career point, Beachy drove to the lane, got the shot to drop and drew a foul, becoming the first player in Perham school history to score 2,000 points.
Beachy needed 11 points to eclipse the mark and finished with 14 points in a 95-35 victory over Park Rapids Area. Beachy said he knew going in that he was close, but he didn’t want to force anything.
“I just didn’t want to force anything coming into the game and didn’t want to force my shot and take what was there and get my teammates involved,” Beachy said. “When the opportunity came to get my 2000th point, I took it. I grabbed it by the hand and it was awesome.”
Perham head coach Dave Cresap said it’s an amazing milestone.
“I don’t think people, even myself, realize how big of a milestone that is and what an achievement it is for a high school kid,” Cresap said. “He has done so much for this program. I couldn’t be more proud of that young man. He has played for me since eighth grade and he has had a big influence on my life and I want to wish him the best there.”
Beachy said he couldn’t have done this without the support of his teammates and said it was great to share the moment with them.
“It felt great knowing that I accomplished a great achievement that anybody wishes they could do when they are younger,” Beachy said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support from my teammates, my coaches, my family and all the fans here.”
Beachy said he was happy he was able to accomplish the feat on his home court in front of the Perham community and members of his family that were in attendance for the game. After the shot went in, the crowd in attendance all flashed 2,000 signs and gave the senior a standing ovation. Beachy has been a stalworth member of the basketball team since his eighth grade season. Now, Beachy has his and the Yellowjacket sights on taking the next step and reaching the Class AA Tournament.
“It’s a great milestone to have and to say you scored 2,000 points,” Beachy said. “I’m more concerned about making it to the state tournament for the team and getting as far as we can.”
Beachy’s 2,000th point gave the Yellowjackets a 21-11 lead and helped the team settle in. THe Yellowjackets outscored the Panthers 25-8 after Beachy hit his 2,000th career point.
Josh Jeziorski led the Yellowjackets with 27 points, while Carter Cresap added 21 points. The Yellowjackets recorded a pair of double-doubles in the game. Jeziorski added 10 points to go with his 27 points, while Beachy dished out 10 assists to go with his 14 points. Jeziorski hit five 3-pointers and Cresap hit four. Perham shot 62.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point line.
“We were a little tight early in the game, but after we got going and played loose, we were really good. We have guys that can really stroke it,” Dave Cresap said. “I thought our intensity on defense really got it going in the second half.”
The Yellowjackets outscored the Panthers 46-19 in the second half as they continued to grow the lead throughout, in front of an electric crowd in Perham.
Cresap was quick to credit the crowd for the atmosphere in the Hive and their support of the team in the home victory. He said the support was unbelievable.
Gabriel Bagstad led the way for Park Rapids Area with 16 points. He was the only player in double figures for the Panthers.
Perham improved its record to 17-1 with the victory. The Yellowjackets return home for a clash with the Esko Eskomos on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
PRA 19 16--35
PER 46 49--95
PRA- Bendon Garwood 2, Gabriel Bagstad 16, Nicholas Michaelson 6, Shawn Ohm 3, Kaiden Walsh 8
3-pointers: Bagstad 2, Walsh 2. Free Throws: 7-10. Team Fouls: 17. Fouled Out: Jason Haas
PER- Jenson Beachy 14, Charlie Rasmussen 6, Josh Jeziorski 27, Carter Mulcahy 2, Finn Diggins 8, John LaFond 2, Landon Stevens 3, Carter Cresap 21, Gunnar Anderson 4, Ryan Murphy 2, Elijah Morris 6
3-pointers: Jeziorski 5, Stevens, Cresap 4, Anderson, Morris 2. Free Throws: 6-16. Team Fouls: 13. Fouled Out: None.