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Bemidji's Carey Woods drove the lane for one of his 10 field goals in leading Bemidji to a 58-55 comeback win over Cloquet. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji HS boys basketball: Bemidji tops Cloquet in battle of the Lumberjacks

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Bemidji HS boys basketball: Bemidji tops Cloquet in battle of the Lumberjacks
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The Bemidji High boys basketball team took another major step forward Thursday night, coming from behind in the final three minutes to outlast Cloquet 58-55 in "The Battle of the Lumberjacks".

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Trailing 47-44, Bemidji outscored the visitors. 14-8 down the stretch to pull back the victory.

It lifted Bemidji to 10-4 on the season and dropped Cloquet to 11-5.

Carey Woods, held to a season low two points in Tuesday's win over Detroit Lakes, hit 27 to lead the way, his second highest performance of the year.

His points were badly needed since he was the only Bemidji player to hit double figures.

The Bemidji defense played a major role in the victory, holding Cloquet's scoring tandem of 6-10 Chad Calcaterra and guard RaRa Jones to three free throws after the intermission. Jones ended with 12 and Calcaterra 11.

But forward Tim Defoe proved another matter. Scoreless at halftime, he threw in 20 in the second half including four treys to single handedly keep the visitors in contention until the closing seconds.

 Bemidji took control early in the opening half going on an 11-2 run to move to a 15-7 lead.

But Cloquet wouldn't go away and with Calcaterra and Jones hitting frequently moved back into contention, finally taking a 20-19 lead and were tied 26-26 in the final minute before Bemidji closed with a trey by Woods and his following free throw to take a 30-28 margin to the locker room. Woods had 13 at this point while Jones hit 11 and Calcaterra nine.

The Jacks fell behind 35-30 at the start of the second half, however, befor3e launching a nine point run which included another Woods' trey to move to a 42-34 lead and again seemed on their way.

But again it was not to be. For the home team lost its shooting eye and Cloquet scored 13 of the next 15 points to retake the lead 47 44 with six minutes to play.

But again Bemidji fought back, tying the game at 49 on a Ryan Rude trey and again at 52 before moving ahead by two on a Woods bucket.

Rude missed two free throws but Czar Woods made one to raise the lead by one and two charity tosses by Grand Richardson sent Bemidji to a 57-52 lead in the final 15 seconds.

It proved enough to counter Defoe's final trey. Carey Woods scored the final point from the line to end the game.

Rude and Richardson followed Woods with eight points.

The taller Coquet team ended with a 37-30 lead off the boards with Jones claiming 12 and Calcaterra 11. Richardson's eight was Bemidji's tops.

Bemidji also hurt itself with 17 turnovers. Cloquet had 18.

The B and C Teams made it a sweep. The B Team won 51-42 using its quickness and strong defense to overcome the visitors superior size.

Ben Hengel hit 14 and Mitch Hendricks 10 to pace the win. Zach Peterson's nine was Cloquet's best. The victory also lifted Bemidji to 10-4.

The C Team won its second victory in 10 starts with a 68-36 decision. Rich Seado had 13 and Jeremy Huseby 10 to lead 11 players in the scoring column. Erik Swanson had 10 for the losers.

BEMIDJI (58) Rude 3 1-2 2 8; Frost 2 0-2 4 4; Richardson 3 2-2 1 8; Czar Woods 1 1-2 2 3; Carey Woods 10 2-4 1 27; Kroening 0 0-0 0 0; Kane 0 0-0 2 0; Brown 1 2-2 0 4; Rutledge 2 0-0 0 4;Totals:22 8-14 12 58

CLOQUET (55) Defoe 7 2-4 4 20; Wappes 2 2-2 1 7; Calcaterra 4 3-8 1 11; Jones 4 2-4 5 12; Zazulka 0 0-0 2 0; Stowell 2 0-0 1 5; LaCourse 0 0-1 2 0'; Schultz 0 0-0 0 0;Totals:19 9-19 15 55

Halftime score; Bemidji 30, Cloquet 28

Three point field goals; Bemidji 6 (Woods 5, Rude); Cloquet 8 (Defoe 4,Jones 2, Wappes, Stowell)

Rebounds: Bemidji 30, Cloquet 37

Turnovers: Bemidji 17, Cloquet 18

Officials: John Klinnert and Brian Bond

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BEMIDJI B (51) Hengel 14,Hendricks 10, Vonasek 6, Sullivan 5, Cervenka 5, Fraley 4, Rutledge 4, Declusin 2, Baker 1; Berndt, Supalla, Fodness, Mills, Bellew 0

Totals: 21 6-12 15 51

CLOQUET (42) Peterson 9, Kiehn 8, Staub 6, Webster 5, Olson 4, Moe 4, Stevens 3, Scholtes 2, Rikkola 1; Totals: 16 6-19 14 42

Halftime score; Bemidji 30, Cloquet 16

Three point field goals: Bemidji 3, Hendricks 2, Hengel) Cloquet 4 (Peterson 3, Staub)

Rebounds; Bemidji 40, Cloquet 33

Turnovers: Bemidji 20, Cloquet 23

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BEMIDJI C (68) Seado 13, Huseby 10, Kroening 8, Rainey 8, Hovila 7, Baumgartner 6, Fairbanks 6, McLean 4, Hogan 2, Kovach 2, Misco 1, Sommer 1; Totals: 25 9-16 18 68

CLOQUET (36) Swanson 12, Mullen 7, Peter 6, Jurek 4, Councilor 3, Jorgenson 2, Ritchie 2;Totals: 15 3-6 14 36

Halftime score; Bemidji 27, Cloquet 22

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