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Bemidji's Joe Kingery (21) went up for one of his three field goals in Bemidji's 75-51romp past Duluth Central Friday night. Kyle McCuskey (14) was unable to stop the shot. Kingery ended with eight points on the night. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji High School boys basketball: Jacks take down Duluth Central

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The Bemidji Lumberjacks boys basketball team warmed to the task slowly in both halves Friday night but once it got into gear rolled easily to a 75-51 win over Duluth Central.

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The win lifted Bemidji to 15-9 on the year. It ends its regular season Monday in a testing home game with Duluth East.

Central dropped to11-15.

The Trojans 2-3 zone slowed Bemidji at the start with the Jacks missing repeatedly from both short and long range.

But their iron tight defense kept the Trojans away from the basket as well.

The Jacks slowly built an 8-2 lead, yielded a bucket, then rolled in 11 more to lead 19-4 and a rout appeared in prospect.

But the visitors would not permit it and scored seven straight pointed midway through the stanza to come within 21-13 and stayed at that distance the rest of the half, leaving down 37-29 at the break.

They fought back to 41-36 early in the second half..

At this point Bemidji switched into a 2-3 zone and took total control. It ran 14 straight points, then nine more to lead 64-38 and end any doubts of the outcome.

Ryan Rude, who hit 12 in the first half, ended with a game high 18. Ray Walker had 17 with each canning three treys.

Dan Frost added the seventh from behind the arc on the final shot of the game..

Quinton Witherspoon came off the bench to hit 13 for Central, 11 in the final half. Kyle Milbrath had 12, ten in the first half, and Montclair Chapman 11.

Bemidji held a strong 40-27 lead off the boards with Simon Anderson clearing 13 on one of his best nights of the year. Cbapman's seven topped Central.

The Jacks also had only 11 turnovers while forcing16.

"That was a fun game," said Coach Jeff Brown. "I probably should have switched to the zone earlier but I wanted our kids to get more experience with defending a quick team."

The B Team also reached 15-9 with an impressive 67-53 win overcoming an early Central lead to take a 34-30 advantage to the break. It outscored Central 33-23 in the second half.

Carey Woods hit 21 to lead the way while Cody Rutledge came off the bench to add 10 . Nine players scored.

Darceli Williams had 18 for Duluth.

The freshmen are 11-8 after an 85-54 runaway.

Mitch Hendricks led with 21 while J.C. Cervenka added 17 and Cole Mills 10 as 10 players scored.

Both the B and C Teams end their seasons Monday.

East poses threat

East will offer a far stronger test Monday. The Greyhounds took a 12-11 mark into the weekend losing to Grand Rapids by 19 and 22 during the year but beating Cloquet handily twice, a team Bemidji stopped 65-63.

They also beat Central 80-58 and 83-57 in their two meetings. They were butchered by Apollo 94-46, a team, Bemidji carried to the final shot before falling at St. Cloud.

East won last year's meeting 79-77 at home on a night when all five Bemidji starters reached five figures.

BEMIDJI (75) Telander 1 1-2 1 3; Rude 7-1-2 1 18; Anderson 4 0-0 3 8; Walker 7 0-0 2 17;Woods 5 0-0 0 10; Kingery 3 2-2 1 8; Weaver 1 0-0 1 2; McGriff 1 0-0 2 2; Frost 2 0-0 0 5; Baumgartner 1 0-0 1 2; Kane 0 0-0 0 0; Richardson 0 0-0 0 0; Totals:32 4-6 12 75

DULUTH CENTRAL (51) McCuskey 1 0-0 1 2; Milbrath 5 1-2 4 12; Johannson 2 0-0 0 4l Chapman 4 2-6 1 11; Greenwood 0 0-1 1 0; Witherspoon 6 1-2 0 13; Laughlin 1 0-0 2 2; Snyder 2 0-0 0 4; Ohaju 1 0-0 0 3; Totals:22 4-11 9 51

Halftime score: Bemidji 37, Central 29

Three point field goals: Bemidji 7 (Rude 3, Walker 3, Frost); Central 3 (MIlbrath, Chapman, Ohaju)

Rebounds: Bemidji 40, Central 27

Turnovers; Bemidji 11, Central 16

Officials John Klinnert, Justin Farking and Matt Anderson

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B Team Game

BEMIDJI (67) Woods 21, Rutledge 10, Kane 7, Kroening 6, Richardson 6, Hengel 6, DeClusin 6, Brown 3, Vonasek 2, Martell, Bardwell, Berdt 0; Totals:29 4-9 13 67

CENTRAL (53) Williams 18, Beichler 8, kirkwood 8, Johnson 6, Ohaju 5, Tran 2, Forcier 2, Stukel 2, Laughlin 2, Kursch, Budislavich 0; Totals: 22 4-7 14 58

Halftime score; Bemidji 34, Central 30

Three point field goals; Bemidji 5, (Kroening 2, Hengel 2, Brown); Central 6 (Williams 3, Kirkwood 2, Ohaju)

Rebounds; Bemidji 41, Central 34

Turnovers; Bemidji 11, Central 14

Officials: klinnert, Farking and Anderson

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C Team Game

BEMIDJI (85) Hendricks 21, Cervenka 17, Mills 10, Baker 8, Supalla 7, Sullivan 6, Gorick 6, Hayle 4, Bellew 2, Fodness 2, Jenkins 2, Fraley, Asper, Weeks 0; Totals: 38 10-17 21 85

CENTRAL (54) Robinson 19, Whiting 12, Anderson 10, Dowd 7, Sergei 2, Day 2, Sanford 2, Perrault, Poppen, Forcier 0; Totals: 19 11-1 21 15 54

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