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Corey Woods dunks the basketball during the first half action against Sauk Rapids to fire up the crowd Tuesday evening. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji HS boys basketball: Jacks control second half in win

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After misfiring in the first half the Bemidji boys basketball team found the range in the final 18 minutes and the result was an 81-48 home victory over Sauk Rapids-Rice Tuesday night.

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"We didn't finish our shots in the first half but we improved on that in the second," said BHS coach Jeff Brown whose team will take a 5-0 record into the opening game at the Chisago Lakes Invitational on Dec. 28.

"We had to make some adjustments and we did. I didn't realize how well we played at the start of the second half. All of a sudden I looked at the scoreboard and we were up by 37 points."

The Lumberjacks had ample opportunities to forge a commanding lead at intermission but the Storm kept battling back whenever it appeared as if the outcome had been decided.

Early in the game BHS led 18-6 but a few minutes later Sauk Rapids was within 18-13. Another Jacks run gave the home team a 31-20 edge but, once again, the Storm countered and sliced its deficit to 31-26.

A run of six points to end the half enabled Bemidji to expand its lead to 40-29 at the break.

"We had a week off and maybe we were a little rusty," Brown said. "But we played very well in the second half and I was pleased with the effort."

Carey Woods finished with 25 points while Cody Rutledge scored 17 and Ryan Rude 10.

Sauk Rapids (48): Tollickson 1, 1-2, 3; Anderson 2, 0-0, 5; Hafner 2, 2-7, 6; Villalaz 3, 0-1, 6; Schlabsz 7, 0-0, 14; Kohnen 1, 2-3, 4; Ullmann 1, 3-4, 5; Sutcliffe 1, 1-2, 3; Moon 1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 19, 9-19, 48.

Bemidji (81): Hengel 2, 0-0, 4; Rude 4, 2-4, 10; Kroening 0, 0-0, 0; Rutledge 7, 3-4, 17; Brown 2, 2-2, 6; Woods 10, 0-0, 25; Cervenka 2, 0-0, 4; Vonasek 0, 0-0, 0; Richardson 3, 1-1, 7; Declusin 1, 0-0, 2; Sullivan 3, 0-0, 6; Mills 0, 0-0, 0. Totals: 34, 8-11, 81.

Fouls: Sauk Rapids 14, Bemidji 19

Junior Varsity

Sauk Rapids (47): Jeppesen 3, 5-8, 13; Voit 0, 2-6, 2; Kieke 0, 2-5, 2; Krebs 1, 2-2, 5; Lynch 0, 0-1, 0; Zenderua 0, 0-2, 0; Dowvier 4, 5-7, 13; Stocktror 5, 1-2, 11; Krejeski 0, 1-4, 1. Totals: 13, 18-37, 47

Bemidji (81): Baumgartner 0, 0-0, 0; Fodness 1, 0-0, 2; Fairbanks 0, 0-2, 0; Supalla 7, 0-2, 14; Sedo 2, 0-0, 6; Hovila 0, 0-0, 0; Cervenka 12, 0-0, 25; Sherk 1, 1-2, 3; Mclean 1, 0-0, 2; Declusin 4, 3-4, 11; Misco 1, 0-0, 2; Mills 2, 0-0, 4; Sullivan 4, 1-2, 9. Totals: 36, 5-12, 81.

Halftime: Bemidji 37, Sauk Rapids 22

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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