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Bemidji HS boys basketball: Sartell's defense causes troubles for BHS

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The Bemidji High boys basketball team continued its mid season slump Saturday, falling to unsung Sartell 64-62 on the Sabres court.

The win lifted Sartell to 6-11 and was the second straight setback for Bemidji to fall to 11-6.

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The old adage "he who lives by the trey dies by the trey,"came home to roost.

Held away from the basket by a tight Sartell zone, Bemidji bombed away all day from behind the arc but hit only 5-25 tries for the three pointer.

Sartell moved to a 32-29 lead at halftime after being ahead by as much as seven during the session.

Bemidji came out fast to start the second half and eventually moved to its own seven point lead.

But it failed to hold it as Sartell eventually drew even and hit 4-5 free throws in the final minute to establish a 64-59 lead, enough to withstand Ryan Rude's final trey which sliced the lead to two.

Bemidji had a two gun attack with Rude and Carey Woods each netting 22. But no one else topped seven and only four other players scored.

Sartell's 6-5 center Jordan Gieske hit 17 to lead the winners. Andrew Krupke added 14 and Ryan DeRoeck 10. Five other players combined for 23 more.

"We didn't play well," said a disappointed Coach Jeff Brown.

"You can't just sit outside and pot treys all day, especially when they aren't falling. We will have to work harder on penetrating the zone."

The Jacks head up the hill to Duluth East Thursday to face the Greyhounds and Division I prospect Dyami Starks.

They return home to take on Alexandria Saturday in the second game of a girls-boys twin bill.

The B Team upped its record to 12-5 with a 62-39 romp. Twelve players scored in a balanced attack led by Cody Rutledge with 15. No Sabre had more than eight.

The freshmen dropped to 3-10 with a 71-48 setback. Details of the game are still awaited.

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