Bemidji HS boys basketball: Jacks fall to Thief River Falls 53-52
The Bemidji Lumberjacks basketball team ran into an ambush Tuesday night, blowing a 16 point first half lead at Thief River Falls to fall to the Prowlers 53-52.
The setback likely cost Bemidji a chance at a No. 2 seed for the section meet. They close their regular season Friday at Duluth Central, the final game in the Trojans long and proud history.
Tuesday's contest was a game Bemidji seemingly was ready to put to bed before halftime.
Using a three point barrage from the start, the Jacks rolled to a 16-4 lead at the start and were still in total control 29-13 with two minutes remaining in the half,.
But the Prowlers closed with the final six to trail 29-19 and outscored Bemidji 34-23 after the intermission.
They never led, however, until taking a 45-43 lead with less than five minutes remaining, working to a 51-47 advantage into the final minute.
Bemidji then appeared to take the game back as Ryan Rude hit a basket and Cody Rutledge followed with a three point play, canning the free throw when fouled on his layup.
There were five seconds to play when the Prowlers lofted their final shot.
It missed but 6-4 reserve center Jonathan Milks rebounded and was fouled on his put back.
He canned both free throws with 0.8 seconds left to win the game.
It was a bitterly disappointing setback for Bemidji which seemed in complete command for the first 16 minutes.
Early treys by Czar Woods and Dan Frost established a 6-2 lead.
At 6-4 the Jacks launched a 10 point run opening with a trey by Rude and closing with another by Carey Woods for a 16-4 advantage.
Bemidji was commanding the boards, forcing turnovers and shooting well.
With Thief River refusing to come out of its tight zone, the Jacks held the ball for 30-60 seconds at a time awaiting a sure shot as the margin swelled to 29-13, losing another possible two points on two missed free throws.
At this point, the Prowlers hit the closing six points and headed to the locker room.
Jacob Langevin held the hot hand to open the second half, hitting four straight baskets as Thief closed within six.
Four Ralph Williams free throws brought the Prowlers within two at 35-33.
But Bemidji held them off for another six minutes breaking a 39-30 tie on a Rude drive in and Czar Woods free throw and were ahead 43-41 when Langevin and Milks connected to send the Prowlers ahead for the first time at 45-43.
As Bemidji continued to miss, the Prowlers worked into leads of 50-45 and 51-47 as time wore down.
With less than minute to go, Rude and Rutledge sent Bemidji back in front and seemed to have stemmed the tide, But it was not to be and Milks final rebound and two free throws ended the disaster.
Rude ended with 22 and Carey Woods 16 for Bemidji. But no one else topped six and only Czar Woods reached that total.
Langevin's 14 paced the Prowlers. No one else hit double figures with Milks and Williams getting eight and Aaron Yaggie six.
Bemidji held a slim 24-22 lead off the boards, Each team had 15 turnovers.
The B and C Teams repeated earlier wins.
The B Team won 59-56 as J.C. Cervenka hit 17 and Ben Hengel 16. Trevor Bastian had 12 to lead the losers.
The frosh won 59-47 led by Devaughn Rainey with 15 and Isaac Sommer with11.
BEMIDJI (52) Rude 9 3-6 3 22; Frost 1 0-0 1 3; Richardson 0 0-0 0 0; Czar Woods 2 1-3 2 6; Carey Woods 7 0-1 4 16; Kroening 0 0-0 0 0; Kane 0 0-0 3 0; Brown 0 2-2 4 2; Rutledge 1 1-1 2 3; Totals: 20 7-13 19 6 52
TRF (53) Langevin 6 2-3 1 14; Yaggie 2 2-4 1 6; Peterson 1 2-2 0 4; Simenson 1 0-0 2 2; Harbott 2 0-0 2 5; Williams 1 6-10 0 8; Trontvet 1 0-0 5 3; Milks 2 4-4 1 8; Watne 1 0-0 1 2; Totals: 17 24 13 53
Halftime score; Bemidji 29, TRF 19
Three point field goals Bemidji 5 (Carey Woods 2, Czar Woods, Rude, Frost); TRF 2 (Harbott, Trontvet)
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BEMIDJI B (59) Cervenka 17, Hengel 16, Rutledge 12, Declusin 3, Vonasek 3, Sullivan 2, Supalla 2, Fraley 2, Mills 2; Hendricks, Berndt 0
TRF (56)_ Bastian 12, Gunderson 11, Hruby 7, Hutton 6, Mattison 6, Schneider 5, Olson 4, Peterson 3, Onkka 2
Halftime score; Bemidji 31, TRF 23
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BEMIDJI C (59) Rainey 15, Fairbanks 13, Sommer 11, Seado 7, Kroening 4, Kovach 4, Baumgartner 2, Huseby 1, Hovila 1, Leinen 1, McLean, Misco 0
TRF (47) Individual scoring unavailable
Halftime score: Bemidji 37, TRF 24