Second half run helps Perham over Thief River Falls
The Perham boys basketball team recovered from a sluggish start and used a strong second half to shut down the Thief River Falls Prowlers 57-49 on Feb. 18 at the Hive.
The Yellowjackets used a 19-0 run to start the second half which turned a 29-25 deficit into a 44-29 lead.
One of the catalysts for the run was the move of Charlie Rasmussen to the middle of the floor. Rasmussen took control and hit several mid-range jumpers, helping Perham secure the lead and the game. The Concordia-Moorhead recruit finished with 21 points to lead all scorers. He had nine of the 19 points during the run.
While the Yellowjackets had success on the offensive side early in the second half, they also clamped down defensively, slowing down the duo of Storm Manning and Jack Manning. The two caused some troubles for Perham in the first half. Storm Manning had 12 points, while Jack Manning had nine for the game, with the majority of them coming in the first half.
However, the Prowlers continued to battle and cut the lead down to three after a 3-pointer from Storm Manning.
However, Perham responded with a pair of free throws from Rasmussen, a bucket from Finn Diggins and another pair of free throws from Diggins as they closed out with the eight point win. Diggins helped the Yellowjackets at the free throw line. Perham was 11 of 13 from the line in the win. Diggins was eight of nine at the line, which was a marked improvement from his one for eight performance the prior week at home. Diggins finished with 17 points for Perham as well in the win.
The Yellowjackets have won 26 straight games at home, 25 of them in the Hive. The Yellowjackets are now 21-0 on the season.
The Yellowjackets return home for a contest with the Frazee Hornets on Feb. 20. The tip is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Hive. They follow with a road contest in Esko on Feb. 21 when they take on the Eskomos at 7:15 p.m. The Eskomos are 17-6 on the season and have won five of their last six games.
TRF 29 20--49
PER 25 32--57
TRF-Gunner Zutz 9, Brevyn Lingen 7, Zach Praska 2, Gunner Aune 10, Storm Manning 12, Jack Manning 9
3-pointers: Zutz, S. Manning 2. Free Throws: 8-11. Team Fouls: 11. Fouled Out: None
PER-Charlie Rasmussen 21, Finn Diggins 17, Grant McMartin 6, Landon Stevens 3, Gunnar Anderson 2, Elijah Morris 8
3-pointers: Diggins, McMartin 2, Stevens, Morris 2. Free Throws:11-13. Team Fouls: 13. Fouled Out: Stevens