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Bemidji boys basketball team stumbles at Grand Rapids

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Bemidji boys basketball team stumbles at Grand Rapids
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Bemidji's hopes for a top seed in the Section 8-3A boys basketball playoffs took a hit Thursday as the Lumberjacks dropped a 60-49 decision at Grand Rapids.

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The 8-3A seedings are determined by a percentage of points won compared to a percentage of points that are available as determined by a team's schedule. Heading into this week the concensus was that if Bemidji won its final three games the 8-3A top seed would be secured. Anything less than a sweep, however, would mean that the Jacks would probably receive the second seed.

Thursday at Grand Rapids Bemidji (19-4) struggled with its offense. The Lumberjacks managed only 21 points at intermission and the 49 total points represented a low-water mark for the year.

The previous low point total was 63 in a 63-58 overtime win over Grand Rapids Jan. 25 in Bemidji.

BHS had only two players reach double figures Thursday, Carey Woods who scored 12 and Mitch Brown who added 10. Cody Rutledge finished with eight.

Grand Rapids ended its regular season 18-8 while Bemidji will close its campaign next week with a pair of home games.

The Jacks will entertain Thief River Falls at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the opener of a boys-girls doubleheader. The girls team will battle Cloquet at 7 p.m. in the Section 7-3A quarterfinals.

On March 4 Bemidji will host Detroit Lakes.

Bemidji (49): Hengel 1, 0-0, 3; Rude 0, 0-0, 0; Kroening 0, 0-0, 0; Rutledge 4, 0-0, 8; Brown 4, 2-2, 10; Woods 4, 2-2, 12; Cervenka 1, 0-0, 3; Vonasek 2, 0-0, 4; Richardson 3, 0-00, 6; Declusin 0, 3-6, 6. Totals: 19, 7-10, 49

Grand Rapids (60): Sutherland 6, 1-4, 13; Bibeau 0, 5-9, 5; Skelly 0, 0-0, 0; Pohlen 3, 7-9, 14; Illikainen 6, 4-8, 16; Bender 1, 0-2, 2; Anderson 0, 0-1, 0; Spoden 4, 2-5, 10. Totals: 20, 19-38, 60

Fouls: Bemidji 28, Grand Rapids 14

Halftime: Grand Rapids 31, Bemidji 21

Junior Varsity

Bemidji (56): Fodness 0, 0-0, 0; Baumgartner 1, 1-2, 3; Supalla 1, 0-2, 2; Cervenka 3, 1-2, 8; Sherk 3, 0-0, 9; McNallan 1, 0-0, 2; Declusin 1, 2-4, 4; Misco 0, 0-2, 0; Mills 1, 0-0, 2; Sullivan 8, 1-2, 17; Hovila 1, 0-0, 2; Rainey 2, 0-0, 4; Kroening 1, 0-1, 3; Husby 0, 0-0, 0. Totals: 23, 5-15, 56

Grand Rapids (41): Barrette 0, 0-0, 0; Leslie 2, 2-5, 6; Margo 0, 0-00, 6; Daidoe 1, 4-5, 6; Gill 0, 0-0, 0; Liebe 2, 0-0, 5; Laughlin 7, 1-2, 18; Smokrovich 1, 3-5, 6. Totals: 13, 10-17, 41

Fouls: Bemidji 18, Grand Rapids 16

Halftime: Bemidji 26, Grand Rapids 11

Freshman Game

Bemidji 48, Grand Rapids 40

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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