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Bemidji's Carey Woods (left) went up for a basket during Tuesday's game against Thief River Falls at Bemidji High School. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji HS boys basketball: Jacks beat Thief River Falls with defense

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The Bemidji Lumberjacks boys basketball team did it with defense Tuesday, shutting down Thief River Falls with 36 points in a 51-36 decision.

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It lifted the Jacks to 6-4 on the year and dropped the Prowlers to the same total.

The Prowlers took Bemidji out of its run and gun attack at the start and controlled the tempo of play, slowing things down all night.

But they found Bemidji had an even stronger defense and seldom allowed an easy shot while taking an early lead and maintaining it through the second half.

The 51 points were nine under the previous low in the 60-31win over Cottage Grove in December. The 36 points allowed was the second best of the year.

Thief River led only once, scoring six early pints to go ahead 8-6

But Bemidji came back with the next six to regain the lead and gradually worked to a 24-14 advantage late in the half before .two Prowler baskets sliced it to 24-18 at the break.

Ryan Rude had eight and the Woods brothers six each at this juncture. No Prowler had more than four.

The Prowlers drew within four early in the second stanza at 26-22 but came no closer. Bemidji, with Rude and Carey Woods hitting steadily, moved to an 11 point lead midway through the stanza at 37-26 on a Mitch Brown trey and Thief River came no closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Rude ended with 18 and Carey Woods 14, almost equaling the Prowler total themselves.

Czar Woods added eight.

Leading the Prowlers was 6-5 center Steve Peterson who hit 12. Only one other player broke five.

The two teams battled to a near standoff off the boards with the Prowlers bringing down 31 and Bemidji 28.

Peterson claimed six while Josh Kane matched that mark for Bemidji with Grant Richardson and Carey Woods claiming five.

Bemidji's quicker defense forced 27 turnovers which told the story in the long run. Bemidji had 18.

Bemidji swept the preliminaries. The B Team won a loosely played contest 57-34 holding Thief River to 12 first half points.

Ben Hengel regained his scoring punch to lead with 14. J.C. Cervenka had his best night with 12.

The team reached 6-4 with the win.

The freshmen broke into the win column for the first time with a 57-38 decision.

Rich Seado led 10 players in the scoring column with10. Nick Hovila and Billy Baumgartner hit 9 and Isaac Sommer 8.

BEMIDJI (51) Rude 7 4-4 2 18; Frost 0 2-2 2 2; Richardson 0 0-0 2 0; Czar Woods 3 2-3 3 8; Carey Woods 7 0-1 1 14; Kroening 0 0-0 2 0; Brown 1 0-0 2 3; Rutledge 0 0-0 1 0; Declusin 0 0-0 0 0; Kane 3 0-0 1 6; Hengel 0 0-0 0 0; Totals:21 8-10 16 51

TRF (36) Langevin 2 0-0 3 4; Yaggie 1 0-0 2 2; Peterson 6 0-0 1 12; Simenson 3 1-2 4 7; Harbott 0 0-0 1 0; Williams 1 1-2 0 3; Trontvet 0 2-2 1 2; Milks 0 0-0 1 0'; Watne 1 2-2 0 4; Beito 0 0-0 0 ; Hockert 1 0-0 0 2; Totals: 15 6-9 13 36

Three point field goals: Bemidji 1-Brown; TRF none

Halftime score; Bemidji 24, TRF 18

Officials: Bill Fisher and John Olson

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BENMJIDJI B (57) Hengel 14, Cervenka 12, Declusin 7, Fodness 5, Berndt 4, Fraley 4, Rutledge 4, Hendricks 3, Sullivan 2, Supalla 1, B Vonasek, Baker, Mills, Bellew 0;Totals 23 6-11 14 57

TRF B (34) Blacklance 6, Bastian 5, Hutton 5, Gunderson 4, Hruby 4, Borseth 3, Olson 2, Beito 2, Mattison 2, Helseth 1; Totals: 13 5-12 8 34

Three point field goals; Bemidji 5 (Hengel 4, Fodness); TRF 3 (Onkka, Hutton, Borseth)

Halftime score; Bemidji 23, TRF 12

Officials John Olson and Bill Fisher

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BEMJDJI C (57) Seado 10, Hovila 9, Baumgartner 9, Sommer 8, Kovach 6, Rainey 4, Fairbanks 4, Theisen 3, McNallan 2, Huseby 2; McLean, Hogan, Misco, Leinen, Cermak 0: Totals: 25 2-6 15 57

TRF (38) Osborne 11, Olson 7, Jesnes 7, Hoffard 7, Finger 4, Kuznia 2;.Totals; 15 4-9 7 38

Three point field goals: Bemidji 5, TRF 4

Halftime score; Bemidji 22, TRF 13

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