Bemidji HS boys basketball team seeks upset at home
A week ago, Bemidji knocked off the state's seventh rated Class 3A team Rocori, sending the Spartans out of the top ten this week.
Today they tangle with the 3A's third rated Grand Rapids Thunderhawks at 3 at the BSU gymnasium. The openers are at 1 with the freshman game at the Middle School.
The site was shifted with the High School gym in use for the 8-3A wrestling meet.
It will be the second meeting of the year for the pair with the Rapids winning 80-73 on its home court in December.
That came despite Bemidji having four players in double figures and a fifth only a point away.
Bemidji has reached 15-7 by winning its final four starts which include Alexandria, Detroit Lakes ands Grand Forks Central in addition to Rocori.
Grand Rapids reached 21-2 demolishing Moorhead Thursday 80-41.
The Hawks have won 13 straight since a nine point loss to Orono. They fell earlier to DeLaSalle by 12 in a holiday tournament.
DeLaSalle had beaten Bemidji by 16 a night earlier at the Rapids.
It figures to be a stiff fight between two well trained teams, They had ample time to study each other at the Bemidji tournament here in December where they faced Park and St. Cloud Cathedral but not each other.,
The visitors have good balance and are led by wing Eric Starks and guard Mike John son and have good size up front in Dan Wilde, Kevin Rebbers and Brian Akre. Stark hit 25, Rebbers 16 and Akre 14 in the first game. Czar Woods had 17, Carey Woods and Ryan Rude 16 and Mitch Brown 10 for Bemidji.
Bemidji yielded 51 points in the first half in a game ruled by Coach Jeff Brown as his team's worst effort of the year.
It is likely to be far more ready to play today in its regular season home finale.
Grant Richardson and Dan Frost will round out the starting cast with Brown, Josh Kane, Harley Kroening and Cody Rutledge first off the bench.
The B Team brings a 15-7 mark to its game while the freshmen are 5-13.