Boys basketball photo gallery: Jackets cruise past Paynesville in GRAND8 Holiday Classic

The Perham boys basketball team advanced to the GRAND8 Holiday Classic Championship with a 78-48 win over Paynesville on Wednesday. Check out this photo gallery from the Jackets' big win.

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Perham's Micah Thompson goes to the rim during a 78-48 win over Paynesville on Dec. 27. 2022 in the GRAND8 Holiday Classic at The Hive.
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PERHAM – The Perham boys basketball team is set for a rematch with Sauk Centre for the GRAND8 Holiday Classic championship after handling Paynesville on Tuesday night.

The Yellowjackets (5-0) picked up their fifth win of the season by a margin of 30 or more points in a 78-48 victory over the Bulldogs (4-2). Micah Thompson led all scorers with 23 points. Soren Anderson wasn’t far behind with 20.

Perham shot 57.1% from the fields on 32-of-56 attempts. The Yellowjackets also made 7-of-19 three-point attempts. Thompson had a team-high eight rebounds. Blaiz Schmidt came off the bench to collect a team-high five assists. Ashton Detloff picked up nine points in the second half.

Perham will take on undefeated Sauk Centre (4-0) at 3:15 at The Hive on Wednesday. The Mainstreeters beat Border West 78-61 on Tuesday.

Perham and Sauk Centre both landed in the top 20 of the latest Minnesota Basketball News polls. The Yellowjackets sit at No. 8, while the Mainstreeters are No. 13.


Follow along on Twitter @DLtribSports for updates on Wednesday’s championship game. Check out the scenes from Perham’s win in a photo gallery below.

PAY 29 19 – 48

PER 44 34 – 78

TEAM TOTALS- PERHAM- 32-56 FGA, 7-19 3PA, 7-11 FTA, 29 rebounds, 8 steals, 1 block, 6 turnovers; PAYNESVILLE- 16-45 FGA, 7-24 3PA, 9-14 FTA, 27 rebounds, 1 steal, 18 turnovers

PERHAM- Alex Ohm 5 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals; Micah Thompson 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals; Evan Kovash 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block; Soren Anderson 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Jacob Daniels 7 rebounds, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Noah Thompson 1 assist; Blaiz Schmidt 8 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists; Gage Aanenson 3 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists; Brandon Sandberg 1 rebound; Mason Happel 1 rebound; Ashton Detloff 9 points

PAYNESVILLE SCORING- Izaak Schultz 3, Brayden Pung 7, Winston Carlson 3, Eli Nelson 11, Gus Johnson 1, Grayson Fuchs 3, Math Athman 6, Abe Brunner 2, Bryce Vabderbeek 8, Blayke Pung 4

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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