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Bemidji HS boys basketball: St. Cloud Apollo deals Jacks second loss

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Bemidji HS boys basketball: St. Cloud Apollo deals Jacks second loss
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The Bemidji boys basketball team is at a distinct disadvantage in terms of team height compared to many of its opponents and Saturday afternoon at the BHS gym St. Cloud Apollo used its size to full advantage, handing the Lumberjacks a 76-68 loss.

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Saturday's setback was Bemidji's second in 17 games while the Eagles improved to 13-4.

"Apollo is the best complete team we've faced all year in terms of a strong inside and outside game," said Jacks coach Jeff Brown. "In the first half we weren't physical or aggressive enough to match Apollo's inside game. In the second half we did much better in taking away the inside but then their guard, Derek Steve, picked it up."

Steve was held to only six points at the break but 6-5 bulldog Blake Maslonkowski and 6-8 senior Simon Krych dominated the paint. Maslonkowski had 12 points by intermission while Krych scored 11.

Bemidji had a more well-rounded attack in the opening 18 minutes as six players scored, headed by Mitch Brown's eight points. Apollo, however, owned a 33-25 advantage after the first half.

In the second session Bemidji tightened its defense and, behind a 13-2 run, trimmed its deficit to 45-43. Midway through the stanza back-to-back 3-pointers by Carey Woods and Ben Hengel completed the comeback and gave the Lumberjacks a 54-52 lead.

"We didn't do anything differently in the second half except double-down on the post on defense," Brown said. "But when we played more aggressively on defense we started to pick it up on offense and our shots started to fall."

The effort to claw back into contention took its toll on the Lumberjacks, however, and Apollo eventually righted its ship and pulled away. Steve was Apollo's main weapon as he scored 12 of his team's final 16 points.

"It was a frustrating game from the standpoint that we didn't match Apollo's aggressiveness in the first half and it cost us," the coach said. "But now we know Apollo's strengths and we can work on defending them better. I think there is a great chance that we'll see Apollo again, somewhere deep into the section playoffs."

Woods had four points at intermission but finished with 27. Cody Rutledge added 13 and Mitch Brown 10.

Bemidji plays Tuesday at Grand Forks Central.

Apollo (76): Steve 7, 7-9, 22; Otte 0, 0-0, 0; Abukar 2, 4-4, 9; B.Maslankowski 2, 1-1, 5; Tesch 1, 1-2, 3; Krych 9, 1-2, 19; B.Maslankowski 9, 0-2, 18. Totals: 30, 14-20, 76

Bemidji (68): Hengel 1, 0-0, 3; Rude 2, 0-0, 7; Kroening 0, 0-0, 0; Rutledge 5, 3-4, 13; Brown 4, 1-2, 10; Woods 9, 2-6, 27; Vonasek 0, 1-2, 1; Richardson 3, 1-1, 7. Totals: 25, 8-15, 68

Fouls: Apollo 10, Bemidji 19

Junior Varsity

Apollo (60): Aweys 1, 3-4, 5; Rakke 2, 2-2, 8; Schmidt 3, 5-6, 11; Evans 6, 4-6, 21; Stangler 1, 2-2, 4; Tesch 1, 0-4, 2; Peter 2, 0-0, 4; Olson 1, 0-3, 5. Totals: 17, 16-30, 60

Bemidji (51): Baumgartner 1, 0-0, 2; Fodness 2, 1-2, 6; Rainey 3, 1-1, 7; Fairbanks 0, 0-0, 0; Supalla 5, 5-10, 15; Cervenka 3, 1-1, 7; Sherk 0, 0-0, 0; Misco 2, 0-0, 4; Declusin 2, 1-1, 5; Mills 1, 0-0, 2; Sullivan 1, 1-1, 3. Totals: 20, 10-16, 51

Fouls: Apollo 20, Bemidji 22

Halftime: Apollo 28, Bemidji 22

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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