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Bemidji's Dan Frost goes up for a basket during Tuesday's game against Deer River. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji HS boys basketball: Jacks roll past Deer River 71-45

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The Bemidji High boys basketball team rolled easily to its ninth win of the season Tuesday, beating out manned Deer River 71-45 on its home court.

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It lifted Bemidji to 9-4 this winter and dropped the Warriors to 8-4.

Bemidji had no problems with the 2-3 Warriors zone as the starters ran up 20 point leads on three separate occ asions, twice in the second half.

But the visitors made headway against the Jacks reserves to stay within sight until the final eight minutes when Bemidji widened the lead to stay.

Ryan Rude led four players in double figures with 18.

Czar Woods hit 11 and Dan Frost and Mitch Brown ended with 10, Frost having his best night and Brown tying his tops for the winter.

Carey Woods, beset with early foul problems, had only two.

The losers had three in double figures. Damon Bonham had 11 and Reese Ayers and Travis Kane 10.

Bemidji started slowly, holding a 6-4 lead after four minutes, but worked it to 21-11 midway through the period and ran the next eight to widen the gap to 18.

It was 36-13 late in the half before Deer River rallied against the Bemidji bench to draw within 39-23 at the half,

Czar Woods had nine and Rude eight at this point. Kane's eight led the Warriors.

The starters returned to start the second half and worked to a 53-33 lead after six minutes before going to the bench en masse.

Deer River again made headway against the second five to draw within 53-41 on an Ayers; trey before the first five returned.

It outscored Deer River. 18-4 the rest of the way with the reserves back in action in the game's final minutes. Ben Hengel drained the final two baskets for the Jacks.

Bemidji held a 44-28 boards advantage with five players grabbing six. Ayers' seven was the Warriors tops.

On the other hand, Bemidji committed 22 turnovers, one of its highest figures this winter. Deer River had 27 against the Jacks tight man to man defense.

The B Team game followed a similar pattern with Coach Steve Thompson using 14 players in each half, seeing his starters move ahead by comfortable margins to never be threatened.

It was 38-16 at the half with the Warriors slicing four points off the gap in the second half.

Again there was balanced scoring with J.C. Cervenka hitting 12, Hengel 11 and Cody Rutledge 10 with nine players scoring. Eythan Stangland had 13 to pace Deer River.The B Team also reached 9-4.

With eight freshmen on the B Team, Deer River was unable to field a freshman team.

The Jacks will entertain a strong Cloquet team Thursday at 7:39 in their next start.

BEMIDJI (71) Rude 8 2-2 2 18; Frost 4 2-54 2 10; Richardson 4 0-0 0 8; Czar Woods 5 0-0 1 11; Carey Woods 1 0-0 2 2; Kroening 0 0-0 1 0; Brown 4 0-0 2 10; J. Kane 3 0-0 1 6; Rutledge 1 0-0 1 2; Declusin 0 0-0 0 0; Hengel 2 0-0 0 4; Totals: 32 4-7 12 71

DEER RIVER (45) Benham 5 1-1 4 11; Ayers 4 0-0 2 10; Terhaar 2 0-0 2 4; Lyytinen 2 0-0 2 4; Schultz 2 0-0 2 4; T Kane 4 0-0 1 10; Kaczor 0 2-2 1 2; White 1 0 0-2 1 0' Totals:19 3-6 15 45

Three point field goals; Bemidji 3 (Brown 2, Czar Woods'; Deer River 4 (Ayers 2, T. Kane 2)

Halftime score; Bemidji 39, Deer River 23

Rebounds: Bemidji 44, Deer River 28

Turnovers; Bemidji 22, Deer River 17

Officials: John Olson and Terry Eiter.-- - - -

BEMIDJI B (62) Cervenka 12, Hengel 11, Rutledge 10, Vonasek 8, Hendricks 8, Sullivan 4, Supalla 4, Fodness 3, Mills 2, Declusin, Berndt, Baker, Fraley, Bellew 0;

DEER RIVER (44) Stangland 13, Latvala 10, Kaczor 8, Carter 7, Swanson 4, M. Marleau 2, Hellman, E. Marleau 0

Halftime score; Bemidji 38, Deer River 16

Three point field goals; Bemidji 3 (Rutledge 2, Hengel 1) ; Deer River 3 (Latvala 2, Carter 1)

Rebounds, Bemidji 54, Deer River 34

Turnovers; Bemidji 21, Deer River 25

Officials: Terry Eiter and John Olson

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