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BBB: Esko extends streak, while snapping Perham's

Duluth-The Esko Eskomos used their height inside and their strength on the outside in lifting themselves to a 54-37 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets at the Martin Luther King Classic at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth.

Duluth-The Esko Eskomos used their height inside and their strength on the outside in lifting themselves to a 54-37 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets at the Martin Luther King Classic at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth.

It was the ninth straight win for the Eskomos, while snapping Perham’s five game winning streak.

The Eskomos were led by Adam Trapp inside. The 7’2” sophomore finished with 17 points. He grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots.

Jaxson Turner controlled the perimeter for the Eskomos. He finished with 14 points, while dishing out seven assists, many of them to Trapp on the inside.

Jaden Anderson led the Yellowjackets with 14 points, while Reid Moser finished with 13 points.

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The Eskomos came out firing from the opening tap, racing out to a 12-0 lead on the Yellowjackets.

The Yellowjackets finally got on the board with a 3-pointer by Jenson Beachy.

It was Trapp early on for the Eskomos; He scored six of the first 12 points, with Turner scoring four as well.

The Yellowjackets cut it to 11 points in the first half on a 3-pointer by Zack Tellinghuisen, making it 22-11.

However, the Eskomos stormed back and stretched the lead to 19, with an 8-0 run.

After a Perham time out, the Yellowjackets created a few turnovers and capitalized. Anderson and Moser hit back-to-back 3-pointers, closing the gap to 12, with the 7-0 run.

The Eskomos were strong on the boards behind Trapp. He finished with eight of the team’s 25 rebounds. The Eskomos held a firm rebounding edge on the Yellowjackets, 25-11. Perham finished with just three offensive rebounds in the game, being limited to many one-and-done possessions in the contest.

The Eskomos were content with pushing the ball down low, attempted just five 3-pointers. They hit just two of them. The Eskomos shot 55 percent from the field (24-43), while Perham was 35 percent (12 of 37) from the field.

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Every time the Yellowjackets cut the lead down to 11, the Eskomos made a push back. Perham closed to 38-27, following a 3-pointer by Moser, but Esko answered with a 3-pointer of its own from Bryce Bottila.

Trapp and Turner worked to extend the lead back up to 18, 47-29, eliminating any hopes of a Yellowjacket comeback.

Isaak Blue finished with 10 points as well for the Eskomos. He was one of three players in double digits for Esko.

The Eskomos improved their season mark to 14-2 overall, while Perham falls to 13-2 on the season.

The extended road trip for the Yellowjackets continues on Thursday with a contest at Pequot Lakes at 7:15 p.m. The Yellowjackets return to conference play with Pelican Rapids on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Pelican Rapids.

 

ESKO 32-21-53

PER 18-19-37

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ESKO- Jaxson Turner 14, Quinn Fischer 6, Bryce Bottila 3, Trenton Menor 2, Alex Walther 2, Isaak Blue 10, Adam Trapp 17

3-point goals- Bottila, Blue

PER- Reid Moser 13, Jenson Beachy 7, Jaden Anderson 14, Zack Tellinghuisen 3

3-point goals- Moser 3, Beachy, Anderson 3, Tellinghuisen

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