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Yellowjackets win first battle of HOL rivals

The Perham boys basketball team continued one of the toughest stretches of the early season with an 82-73 victory over the eighth-ranked Breckenridge Cowboys on Dec. 14 at the Hive.

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Perham's Charlie Rasmussen attacks the basket for two of his team-high of 27 points during Perham's 82-73 victory over Breckenridge. Photo courtesy of Kristen McMartin Photography

The Perham boys basketball team continued one of the toughest stretches of the early season with an 82-73 victory over the eighth-ranked Breckenridge Cowboys on Dec. 14 at the Hive.

It was the third straight game for the Yellowjackets against a top-10 team in the state. The Yellowjackets dropped a decision to No. 1 ranked Minnehaha Academy, before defeating sixth-ranked Caledonia and now Breckenridge during a three-game stretch.

The Yellowjackets were playing without all-time leading scorer Jenson Beachy, who was participating in the Minnesota High School Football Showcase.

The Yellowjackets received a pair of big games from Charlie Rasmussen and Josh Jeziorski. Rasmussen led all Perham scorers with 27 points, while Jeziorski poured in 25 for the Yellowjackets.

"Charlie (Rasmussen) and Josh (Jeziorski) had fantastic offensive games," Perham head coach Dave Cresap said. "Teams that like to pressure us, fits right into the game of those two. Charlie is an attacker with the ability to finish around the basket under pressure. He really helped when needed against the full-court pressure. Josh really cut well that night to create easy baskets for himself. Josh is the kind of player who can explode for 25 and you wouldn't even know it."

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One of the keys for the Yellowjackets was their ability to handle the Cowboys' defensive pressure, according to Cresap.

"We had a brief two-to-three minute stretch where we turned it over, but we regrouped and found a way to win," Cresap said. "We were able to break their pressure and get easy looks at the basket. We rebounded just well enough not to let them run out and get easy transition baskets."

Finn Diggins added 13 points and Carter Cresap finished with 10 points for Perham. Dave Cresap said Carter handled the pressure well the whole game, while Diggins handled the boards and the physicality of the game..

John LaFond finished with two points, but dished out eight assists. Cresap said he played a big part in the game with his ability to hit the open man.

The Perham bench had limited minutes, but Cresap said the bench provided the team with a spark in the contest.

"I would like to comment Anthony Reese, Dawson Stevens and Elijah Morris with some very valuable minutes," Cresap said. "We didn't lose any lead while they were in the game. They all provided a positive thing to the team. The non-playing bench players were up and cheering for their teammates the whole game. This is so fun to see as a coach. The crowd was simply amazing and the hive just a buzzing."

Noah Christensen paced the Cowboys. He led all scorers with a game high of 32 points. Christensen hit on 12 of his 17 shots from inside the arc during the game.

"Christensen is a tremendous talent who can't be totally stopped," Cresap said. "We tried to go one-on-one without much help, and he scored over us. I thought at times, Jeziorski, Diggins and LaFond defended him very well, but he was able to shoot over us. He will be hard to stop by anyone. North Dakota State University got a good pick up with him."

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Hunter Feigum finished with 14 points, while Jacob Marsh came in with 11 points for the Cowboys.

The Yellowjackets led 42-33 at the break and both teams scored 40 points in the second half. The Yellowjackets hit on 30 of their 49 shot attempts from the field and were four of 13 from beyond the arc.

The Yellowjackets move to 3-1 on the season and sit at 1-0 in the Heart O'Lakes Conference. The Yellowjackets traveled to Battle Lake on Dec. 18, before returning to conference play with a trip to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 20. The Yellowjackets return home to the Hive on Dec. 27 and 28 for the annual Grand8 Holiday Classic.

BRK 33 40--73

PER 42 40--82

BRK-Michael Randall 2, Noah Christensen 32, Caden McGough 2, Jacob Marsh 11, Max Johnson 4, Hunter Feigum 14, Sam Bakken 4, Justin Marsh 3, Jonah Christensen 1.

3-pointers: N. Christensen, Ja. Marsh, Ju. Marsh. Free Throws: 10-18. Team Fouls: 20. Fouled Out: None

PER-Charlie Rasmussen 27, Josh Jeziorski 25, Finn Diggins 13, John LaFond 2, Anthony Reese 2, Carter Cresap 10, Elijah Morris 3

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3-pointers: Rasmussen, Jeziorski, Cresap, Morris. Free Throws: 18-24. Team Fouls 18. Fouled Out: None

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