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Perham storms past Roseau

Perham's Josh Jeziorski battles for a loose ball against Roseau's Jacob Lindemann during the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 boys basketball tournament quarterfinals at Concordia on Monday, March 11, 2019. David Samson / The Forum1 / 2
Perham's Elijah Morris reaches for a loose ball against Roseau's Eric Hoffer during the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 boys basketball tournament quarterfinals at Concordia on Monday, March 11, 2019. David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

The Perham Yellowjackets came out and set the tone early as they cruised to an 82-41 victory over Roseau in the Section 8AA quarterfinals at Concordia’s Memorial Auditorium on March 11.

The top-seeded Yellowjackets ran its winning streak to 26 games with a dynamic all-around performance.

“We were ready. The kids were ready to go and the intensity was high,” Perham head coach Dave Cresap said. “We shot the ball well like I was hoping we would do and we came out with the guns a blazing. Our defense was really, really solid and made it hard for them to score. I’m really proud of their effort.”

Charlie Rasmussen drives to the hoop for two. Dave Samson/Forum News Service

The Yellowjackets had three players in double figures and hit on 13 of their 24 3-pointers. Josh Jeziorski led the way with 23 points, while Jenson Beachy added 22 and Carter Cresap finished with 13 points.

“We moved the ball pretty well and when we have our open guys, we are going to make a few. Tonight, we were knocking them down,” Cresap said. “The ball movement was excellent, we were sharing the ball and I don’t know what we had for assists, but I bet it was a pile.”

Defensively, the Yellowjackets blanketed the Rams and forced them into several bad shots and turnovers. The Rams committed 17 turnovers and were 18.2 percent from the 3-point line. A lot of the pressure came from the point in Beachy. The senior led the team with four steals, the Yellowajckets finished with 13 as a team.

“(Jenson) Beachy really set the tone on (Eric) Hoffer, who is one of their key guys,” Cresap said. “He couldn’t get around Jenson and that just stymied everything they wanted to do. We knew he was the key and Jenson is such a solid defender. Our team defense was really good. Our other four guys really helped Jenson when they ball screened. I was very, very pleased with our defensive effort.”

Perham's Jenson Beachy powers up a shot for two against Roseau. Dave Samson/FNS

Perham came out hitting from the 3-point line and hit their first five 3-pointers, helping them build an early 10-point lead. Perham continued to attack and closed out with a 16-6 run in the closing minutes of the first half.

Perham continued its pressure in the second half when they rushed out with a 10-0 lead in the second half and carried it through as they outscored the Rams 41-20 in the second half.

Perham improved to 27-1 overall on the season, while Roseau has its season come to an end with a 21-7 mark overall.

Perham will take on Barnesville in the Section 8AA semifinals on Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. at Concordia.

ROS 21 20--41

PER 41 41--82

ROS-Taylor Fluey 3, Nic Johnson 2, Jeremiah Bender 2, Eric Hoffer 10, Jace Hulst 2, Jack Hirst 9, Nathan O’Connor 7, Jacob Lindeman 6

3-pointers: Fluey, Hirst. Free Throws: 1-4. Team Fouls: 9. Fouled Out: None

PER- Jenson Beachy 22, Charlie Rasmussen 5, Josh Jeziorski 23, Carter Mulcahy 2, Finn Diggins 4, Anthony Reese 4, Carter Cresap 13, Elijah Schmidt 3, Elijah Morris 6.

3-pointers: Beachy 4, Jeziorski 3, Cresap 3, Schmidt, Morris 2. Free Throws: 11-14. Team Fouls 7. Fouled Out: None

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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