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Bemidji's Carey Woods makes a move around Brainerd's Jacob Blong during the first half of Friday night's game. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Bemidji boys basketball team rips Brainerd to stay unbeaten; host Moorhead Saturday night

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The Bemidji boys basketball team tuned up for tonight's matchup against unbeaten Moorhead by dismantling Brainerd 83-42 Friday at the BHS gym.

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The Lumberjacks, who began the weekend ranked fourth in the Minnesota Class 3A poll, improved to 9-0 while the Spuds will head east with a 6-0 record.

Brainerd fell to 2-7 after Friday's outcome. Among the losses were 69-47 and 74-60 setbacks at the hands of Moorhead.

Bemidji had no trouble with the Warriors as the Lumberjacks used an 11-0 run to forge a 15-5 advantage and never looked back. They did it with the help of the bench as early foul trouble forced a few starters, including Ryan Rude and Grant Richardson, to the bench and the reserves had to step in.

"Give kudos to our bench," said BHS coach Jeff Brown. "We have 10 guys who can come in and do the job and (Friday) we needed everybody."

The visitors did creep within 20-13 when Jack Sauer drained a 3-pointer with eight minutes to play in the half. The bucket started a run of five consecutive 3-pointers but the Warriors came out on the short end of that flurry as BHS connected on three of the treys.

Mitch Brown contributed two of the bombs and Carey Woods had the other. By the time the 3-point streak ended the Lumberjacks were on top 29-16 and the outcome was no longer in doubt.

"This game was a great example of our versatility," the coach said. "Fundamentally we can go against the man-to-man and we also have the outside shooting to go against the zone. Our kids played with a lot of poise and that was a major contributor to the win."

Bemidji pushed its cushion to 47-28 at the break and continually widened the margin in the second half. Midway through the second stanza the cushion was 35 points and the game went into running time.

"Our goal was to get the tempo in our favor and we did a nice job of that," Brown said.

Dictating the tempo will be tonight's task as well and a strong defensive showing will make that job much easier.

"We have to be more consistent defensively against Moorhead," Brown said. "We will need to be fundamentally sound in our press and mix up the defenses.

"Moorhead is a very good team and we're looking forward to the game. It should be a blast," the coach added.

Brainerd (42): K.Peterson 0, 2-2, 2; Bzdok 4, 0-0, 11; Skogen 0, 0-0, 0; Mrvaljevic 0, 0-0, 0; Perpich 0, 0-0, 0; B. Peterson 1, 0-0, 2; Sauer 3, 2-3, 8; Olson 1, 1-2, 4; Belgum 1, 3-4, 5; Blong 1, 0-0, 2; L.Peterson 3, 2-7, 8; Comstock 0, 0-1, 0. Totals: 14, 10-19, 42

Bemidji (83): Hengel 2, 1-2, 7; Rude 1, 0-0, 2; Fodness 0, 0-0, 0; Kroening 1, 2-2, 5; Rutledge 2, 0-0, 4; Brown 7, 0-0, 17; Supalla 0, 1-2, 1; Woods 12, 7-9, 36; Cervenka 1, 1-1, 3; Sherk 0, 0-0, 0; Vonasek 0, 0-0, 0; Richardson 1, 4-6, 6; Declusin 0, 2-2, 2; Sullivan 0, 0-0, 0. Totals: 37, 18-24, 83

Fouls: Brainerd 23, Bemidji 22

Halftime: Bemidji 47, Brainerd 28

Junior Varsity

Brainerd (43): Perpich 1, 1-2, 3; Peterson 4, 0-0, 10; Borlaug 1, 0-0, 2; Olson 3, 0-4, 7; Kline 3, 0-1, 7; Comstock 3, 0-0, 6; Askgaard 3, 2-4, 8. Totals: 18, 3-11, 43

Bemidji (49): Baumgartner 0, 0-1, 0; Fodness 0, 1-2, 1; Supalla 1, 0-0, 2; Seado 1, 0-0, 3; Cervenka 4, 0-0, 8; Hovila 1, 0-0, 3; Sherk 2, 2-2, 7; McNallan 0, 0-0, 0; Huseby 3, 0-0, 6; Declusin 0, 0-0, 0; Mills 2, 0-0, 4; Sullivan 7, 1-3, 15. Totals: 21, 4-8, 49

Fouls: Brainerd 47, Bemidji 12

Halftime: Bemidji 25, Brainerd 19

Freshman Game

Brainerd 43, Bemidji 39, OT

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