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Bemidji HS basketball: Jacks run into trouble against speedy DeLaSalle

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The Bemidji Lumberjacks boys basketball team ran into one of the Twin Cities' finest Tuesday night, bowing to Minneapolis DeLaSalle 82-66 at Grand Rapids High.

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Tonight they get back to area action when they head to Brainerd for a 6 p.m. game.

Bemidji stayed in the game through the first five minutes, tied at that point 9-9.

But the lightning quick Islanders took charge at that point running six and eight point strings to move to a 26-14 advantage and expanding it to 20 at 39-19 and again at 44-24 late in the half before settling for a 44-29 lead at the break.

To Bemidji's credit, the Jacks refused to quit despite increasing foul problems and eventually sliced the margin to nine points late in the game when two Carey Woods free throws left the Islanders leading 66-57 and later on a Ryan Rude basket that left Bemidji trailing 68-59.

But an 8-2 run at this point removed any doubt of the outcome and the Islanders went on to victory.

Bemidji was seldom able to get any runs going, hitting five straight at the end of the half and four at one point earlier. But most of the night found the losers limited to one bucket at a time.

Poor shooting was a bigger problem coupled by continual fouls which disrupted the flow of the game for both teams, causing far too frequent interruptions in play.

There were 56 fouls whistled, 32 on Bemidji though the Jacks outshot the Islanders 20-14 from the free throw line.

Bemidji was able to hold its own off the boards with the Islanders, holding a 40-33 advantage at the end.

They also had only 13 turnovers to14 for the winners.

Bemidji went into the game seeking to clog the inside and force DeLaSalle to shoot from the outside where they were supposed to be weaker.

However, they drained six treys during the contest to Bemidji's two.

Jalen Jaspers with 25 and Jonah Travis with 24 paced the winners with Breston McNeil adding 13 more.

Ryan Rude was Bemidji's tops with 19 while Carey Woods had 14. But no one else had more than seven,

"I was proud of the way we hung in there," said Coach Jeff Brown.

"When we got down 20 early we could have folded, but we battled and were inside ten with possession late in the game. If we had hit more of our free throws we could have made it interesting.,"

Grand Rapids won the JV game over Bemidji 51-47 breaking a 21-21 halftime tie.

Reed Bender hit 18 and Mike Spoden 14 for the Hawks.

Ben Hengel's 11 was Bemidji's tops.

The freshmen will join the two older units tonight against the Warriors.

BEMIDJI (66) Rude 6 6-8 2 19; Frost 2 2-4 4 7; Richardson 3 1-2 4 7; Czar Woods 0 1-5 5 1; Carey Woods 4 6-6 2 14; Kroening 0 0-0 3 9; Kane 1 1-2 4 3; Brown 2 2-4 3 6; Rutledge 3 1-1 3 2; Declusin 1 0-0 3 2; Totals: 22 20-32 32 66

DELASALLE (82) Travis 8 8-14-2-24; Jaspers 10 5-9-2-25; Young 0 0-0 2 0; Hertle 3 0-0 2 9; Franklin 0 0 0-0 1 '; McNeil 5 0-0 4 13; Collins 2 0-4 3 4; Dorsey 2 1-2 4 5; Hall 1 0-0 2 2; Totals: 31 14-21 24 82

Three point field goals; DeLaSalle 6 (Hertle 3, McNeil 3) Bemidji 2 (Rude- Frost)

Halftime score; DeLaSalle 44, Bemidji 29

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BEMIDJI JV (47) Hengel 11, Sullivan 9, Hendricks 7, Declusin 7, Rutledge 6, Cervenka 4., Fraley 2, Vonasek 1,.Berndt, Baker, Fodness 0

GRAND RAPIDS JV (51) Bender 17, Spoden 14, Gibeau 6, Laughlin 6, Skelly 5, Hakala 3

Halftime score; Grand Rapids 21, Bemidji 21

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