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Bemidji HS boys basketball: Jacks put in good effort in loss to Warriors

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Bemidji's Lumberjacks gave it a game effort Wednesday but came up short at Brainerd, bowing to the Warriors 70-63.

It was their second game in two nights and they showed the effects of a tough game with DeLaSalle a night earlier at Grand Rapids.

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The home team alternately built and lost sizeable leads but held on at the end when Bemidji made its final run to pull out the decision.

Three sport star Kyle Crocker, headed to Minnesota next year on a baseball scholarship, led two players in double figures with 22. Aaron Pavek added 15 but four others combined for 29 more.

Carey Woods hit 21 for Bemidji with Ryan Rude close behind at 19 and Czar Woods 12.

Brainerd held a 16-6 lead in free throws, hitting 16 of their 22 tries including their first 13 of the second half.,

Brainerd came out firing and jumped to a quick 9-0 lead in the first two minutes.

But Bemidji steadied at this point to outscore the home team 17-5 and go ahead 17-14 on Mitch Brown's trey.

But Kevin Peterson tied it with a trey and Brainerd went on an eight point run to retake the lead and later used an 8-2 span to lead 33-23 nearing halftime.

Then it was Bemidji's turn and the Jacks closed with the final five points of the stanza to trail 33-28 at the break.

They continued that surge to open the second half, going on another 8-2 run ended by two Carey Woods treys to go back in front 36-35.

But the Jacks were unable to sustain the pressure and Brainerd poured in 15 of the next 20 points to regain control 50-41.

It was 56-46 when the Jacks went on an 8-3 splurge to narrow the gap to five and later fought back to trail 68-63.

But they were never able to get under that deficit and the Warriors' proficiency from the foul line kept them out of danger.

In contrast to the 56 fouls whistled in the DeLaSalle contest, there were only 28 fouls called at Brainerd, 16 on the Jacks. No one fouled out.

The win lifted Brainerd to 2-3 and dropped Bemidji to 4-3 after a 4-0 start.

The Jacks head to Crookston Jan. 5 an to Moorhead Jan. 9 before beginning a long home stand.

Brainerd, with a number of 6-4 players in the lineup, held a 39-27 rebound lead.

But Bemidji had just seven turnovers to 14 for the winners.

The two teams divided the preliminaries.

Bemidji took the B Team game 54-45 to reach 4-2 on the year. Mitch Hendricks hit 14 and Ben Hengel 13 for half of the Bemidji total. Zach Declusin added 10 and seven other players scored.

Riley Kline's 10 led Brainerd.

The freshmen remained winless, falling to 0-4 after a 76-58 setback. Brainerd led by eight at the break and added ten more to its total down the stretch.

Nick Hovila hit 14 and Dion Fairbanks 13 for Bemidji. Billy Baumgartner added 10. Brainerd had four double figure scorers led by Itazy with18.

BEMIDJI (63) Rue 9 1-3 4 19; Frost 2 2-3 4 6; Richardson 0 0-0 1 2 0; Czar Woods 5 0-0 3 12; Carey Woods 8 3-3 3 21; Kroening 0 0-0 0 0; Kane 1 0-0 0 2; Brown 1 0-0 0 3; Rutledge 0 0-0 0 0; Declusin 0 0-0 0 0;Totals 26 6-9 16 63

BRAINERD (70) Rud 1 0-2 0 2; Pavek 6 3-3 0 15; Askegaard 2 3-6 4 7; Crocker 8 3-3 1 22; Martin 1 4-4 3 7; Fairbanks 3 1-2 2 7; Peterson 3 0-0 2 8; Bzdok 0 2-2 0 2; Totals: 24 16-22 12 70

Three point field goals: Bemidji 5 (Czar Woods 2, Carey Woods 2, Brown); Brainerd 6 (Crocker 3, Peterson 2, Martin 1)

Halftime score; Brainerd 33, Bemidji 28

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BEMIDJI B (54) Hendricks 14, Hengel 13, Declusin 10, Rutledge 4, Cervenka 4, Vonasek 2, Fraley 2, Sullivan 2, Mills 2, Bellew 1, Berndt, Baker, Supalla 0

BRAINERD (45) Kline 10, Olson 7; L. Peterson 7, Diese 5, Stall 4, Borlaug 4, Askegaard 3, B. Peterson 3, McAllister 2

Halftime score; Bemidji 23, Brainerd 18

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BEMIDJI C (58) Hovila 14, Fairbanks 13, Baumgartner 10, Kovach 6, Huseby 5, Rainey 4. Kroening 3, McLean 3, Seado, Spangler, Cermak, Hogan 0

BRAINERD (76) Itazy 18, C. Bowman 14, J. Saues 13, C. Saues 11, Hanson 10, Zansterwyck 4, T. Bowman2, Geraets 2, Huber 2,

Halftime score; Brainerd 35, Bemidji 27

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