Boys basketball: 13th-ranked Rockford beats Perham in neutral site game

Derek Pepin's 26 points lifted the Rockets over Perham on Saturday.

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Contributed / Perham Public Schools

ST. MICHAEL- The Perham boys basketball team had another clash with a ranked opponent on Saturday.

The Yellowjackets (8-5) fell 61-55 to 13th-ranked Rockford (16-2) in St. Michael-Albertville. Derek Pepin led the Rockets with a game-high 26 points.

Perham’s Micah Thompson had a team-high 20 points and six rebounds, while Soren Anderson had 19 points. Perham was 23-for-42 from the field, including 5-for14 from three-point range. Rockford out-rebounded Perham 21-19 and also had three fewer turnovers.

The Yellowjackets play in another neutral site game on Saturday in Alexandria against Redwood Valley.

ROCKFORD 29 32 - 61

PERHAM 29 27 - 55

PERHAM TEAM TOTALS- 23-43 FGA, 5-14 3PA, 4-5 FTA, 19 Rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 15 turnovers

ROCKFORD TEAM TOTALS- 25-43 FGA, 5-15 3PA, 6-8 FTA, 21 rebounds, 12 turnovers

PERHAM INDIVIDUAL TOTALS- Micah Thompson 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block; Chas Melvin 6 rebounds, 3 rebounds, 1 assist; Soren Anderson 19 points, 3 rebounds; Marcus Belka 4 points, 1 assist, 1 steal; Josh Peterson 8 points, 1 assist; Alex Ohm 4 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists; Jacob Daniels 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

ROCKFORD SCORING- Nolan Perry 5, Henry Skinner 5, Samuel Zilmer 15, Derek Pepin 26, Avery MacDonald 5, Logan Eisentrager

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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