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Perham rolls in playoff opener

Stifling defense and a balanced offensive attack helped the Perham Yellowjackets to a 79-36 Section 8AA first round victory Staples-Motley on March 7 at the Hive in Perham.

Stifling defense and a balanced offensive attack helped the Perham Yellowjackets to a 79-36 Section 8AA first round victory Staples-Motley on March 7 at the Hive in Perham.

The defense frustrated the Cardinals throughout and made it tough for them to get shots off. The Cardinals committed 28 turnovers in the game with 16 of them coming from Perham steals.

Perham opened the game on a 16-0 run and cruised for much of the first half as they led 38-13 at the break.

Charlie Rasmussen attacked the basket for Perham and led the way with 18 points. He as seven of 12 from the field. Jenson Beachy and Finn Diggins added 16 points each. Beachy hit on six of his 14 shot attempts, while Diggins was eight of 11 from the field. Elijah Morris added 14 points. He was five of five from the field and hit all four of his 3-point attempts.

Perham built up a 38-13 first half lead and slowly extended it out in the second half. They outscored the Cardinals 41-23 in the second half.

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The Yellowjackets hit on 54.1 percent of their shots from the field and were 42.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Beachy dished out a team high seven assists. The Yellowjackets dished out 18 assists as a team.

Diggins was strong on the glass with eight rebounds, while Josh Jeziorski grabbed six.

Ben Olander led the way for Staples-Motley with eight points.

The Yellowjackets improved their mark to 26-1 overall, while Staples-Motley ends its season with a 2-24 record.

There were no first round upsets in Section 8AA as all the higher seeds picked up victories. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton defeated Warroad 75-62, while Osakis earned a 72-45 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. Breckenridge rolled over Park Rapids Area 87-56, while Hawley disposed of Bagley 62-38. Barnesville used a big second half to defeat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 58-49. East Grand Forks defeated Crookston 86-74, while Roseau knocked off Thief River Falls 77-52.

Perham and Roseau will meet at 2:45 p.m. on March 9 in the day’s first quarterfinal at Concordia. East Grand Forks and Barnesville will tip off at 4:15 p.m., while Breckenridge and Hawley will meet at 6 p.m. The evening closes with Osakis taking on Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at 7:30 p.m.

 

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S-M 13 23--36

PER 38 41--79

S-M- Jordan Carlson 3, Sivert Klefsaas 7, Adam Oberlander 2, Alex Giza 4, Izaiah DeMars 4, Ryan Wick 6, Ben Olander 8, Isaac Kronenberg 2

3-pointers: Carlson, Olander 2. Free Throws: 5-6. Team Fouls: 15. Fouled Out: None

PER- Dawson Stevens 2, Jenson Beachy 16, Charlie Rasmussen 18, Josh Jeziorski 9, Finn Diggins 16, John LaFond 4, Elijah Morris 14

3-pointers: Beachy 3, Rasmussen, Morris 4. Free Throws: 5-18. Team Fouls: 11. Fouled Out: None

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