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Bemidji HS boys basketball: Jacks improve in victory

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The Bemidji Lumberjacks boys basketball team closed an era in history Friday, defeating Duluth Central 73-63 in the Trojans final home basketball game in their long history. The school will close after this year.

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The Jacks badly needed a win after their poor performance at Thief River Tuesday.

They got it. taking a 40-31 halftime lead and expanding it to more than 20 in the second half before surrendering the game to the reserves.

Central sliced the margin to ten at the final buzzer but never threatened seriously.

Carey Woods led nine players in the scoring column with 21. Ryan Rude added 15 and Dan Frost 10 with Czar Woods at nine and Josh Kane eight

Central scoring star Derrell Williams had 14, the only Trojan to reach double figures.

"We played far better than we did Tuesday," said Coach Jeff Brown. "We played far better together, had far better ball movement and far better shot selection. We need more of this Tuesday in the playoffs."

The Jacks will host a first round game against Detroit Lakes or Sartell after drawing the No 3 seed.

They swept the Lakers but bowed to Sartell 64-62 in regular season play.

Bemidji ended 16-9 equaling last year's win total. Central closed 10-15.

Bemidji swept the preliminaries. The B Team ended 17-8 with a 74-52 win. Ben Hengel hit 17 and J.C. Cervenka and Zach Declusin 14 for Bemidji. No Trojan had double figures.

The Frosh ended 8-13 after a slow start by winning 82-39 scoring 50 points in the second half.

Devaughn Rainey led with 18 while Jeremy Huseby had 13, Connor McNallan 11 and Nick Hovila 10. Bradshaw took game honors for the Trojans with 17.

BEMIDJI (73) Rude 5 2-4 1 15; Frost 4 1-1 4 10; Richardson 0 0-0 1 0; Czar Woods 4 0-0 3 9; Carey Woods 8 4-5 2 21; Kroening 1 0-0 0 3; Kane 3 2-2 2 8; Brown 1 0-1 1 3; Rutledge 2 0-0 2 4; Hengel 0 0-0 0 0;Declusin 0 0-0 0 0; Totals: 28 9-13 17 73

DULUTH CENTRAL (63) Robinson 0 3-4 1 3; Williams 5 2-2 2 14; Greenwood 2 0-2 1 5; Laughlin 1 6-6 1 8; Poppen 2 0-0 1 6; Humes 1 1-2 2 3; Beichller 1 2-2 3 4; Kirkwood 3 0-0 2 7; Johnson 0 0-0 1 0;lMadison 3 0-0 1 6; Hanka 1 0-0 0 2; Totals: 21 15-20 15 63

Three point field goals; Bemidji 8 (Rude 3, Frost, Czar Woods, Carey Woods, Kroening, Brown); DC (6 (Williams 2, Poppen 2, Greenwood, Kirkwood)

Halftime score; Bemidji 40, Central 31

Turnovers: Bemidji 13, Central 22- - - - -

BEMIDJI B (74) Hengel 17, Cervenka 14, Declusin 14, Hendricks 9, Rutledge 9, Sullivan 5, Vonasek 2, Berndt 2, Mills 2

DULIUTH CENTRAL (52) Hanka 9, Whiting 9,.Robinson 8, Poppen 8, Anderson 4, Strotherd 4, Krusch 4, Day 2, Budislovich 2, Dowd 2

Halftime score; Bemidji 42, Central 27

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BEMIDJI C (82) Rainey 18, Huseby 13, McNallan 11, Hovila 10, Seado 9 Fairbanks 9 McLean 4, Sommer 3, Kroening 3, Vonasek 2, Baumgartner 0

DULUTH CENTRAL (39) Bradshaw 17, Robinson 6, Hoffman 6, Whitefeather 3, Erickson 2, Michalicek 2, Stuckel 2, Brandon1

Halftime score; Bemidji 32, Central16

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