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Bemidji HS boys basketball team wins fourth straight

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The Bemidji Lumberjacks boys basketball team remained unbeaten Saturday, out slugging Red River 79-75 at Grand Forks,

It was the fourth straight win for Jeff Brown's forces and dropped the Roughriders to 0-3.

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Things get no easier in the next two weeks with Bemidji playing at Grand Rapids Tuesday and returning to that site to face DeLaSalle a week later before ending the year at Brainerd the following night.

Saturday's clash figured to be close.

Bemidji found early it would be hard to stop the Riders quickness with a man to man and shifted into a zone.

Neither team was ever able to take control with Red River leading through much of the opening half before Bemidji cut a nine point deficit to four at 40-36 at the break.

The Jacks came out firing to open the second half, moving ahead 44-41 at the start.

But the two teams remained close until the final five minutes when the visitors built their lead to nine, then fought off Red River's comeback tries down the stretch.

"It was a tough, physical game," said Brown. "It definitely was our best game of the year,. We hit our shots in the late going when we had to and drained free throws to maintain the lead."

Carey Woods led five players in double figures with 20, his second 20 point game of the young season.

Ryan Rude had 14 and Czar Woods and Grant Richardson 12 each, Richardson's high for the year. Mitch Brown added10 and Dan Frost 8 in a balanced attack.

Luke Schreiner hit 25 for the Riders to take game honors. Matt Lee added 14 and Tyler Thomson 10.

Bemidji made one more field goal and one more trey for its narrow margin. Each team had 15 free throws in a game where 47 fouls were whistled. Each had one player foul out.

Red River swept the preliminaries, winning the B Game 79-75 and the C Game 64-36.

The B Team dropped to 2-2 and the freshmen to 0-2.

Zach Declusin and Connor Sullivan each had 16 for the B Team which trailed 41-25 at halftime.

The freshmen were down 40-17 at the break and never recovered. Jeremy Huseby and Billy Baumgartner led Bemidji with 8.

BEMIDJI (78) Rude 4 5-6 3 14; Frost 2 4-4 2 8; Richardson 6 0-1 3 12, Czar Woods 6 0-2 5 12; Carey Woods 7 4-4 4 20; Kroening 0 0-0 0 0; Kane 0 0-0 0 0; Brown 3 2-4 3 10, Rutledge 1 0-1 1 2; Totals: 28 15-22 23 78

RED RIVER (75) Schreiner 10 4-4 3 25; Lee 5 4-5 2 14; Thompson 2 2-4 1 10; Hanson 3 0-1 4 7; Hickle 3 2-4 1 8; Battle 1 3-6 3 5; Soleim 2 0-1 4 4; Arvidson 1 0-0 0 2; Hillenbrand 0 0-0 1 0; Hahn 0 0-0 5 0; Totals:28 15-25 24 75

Three point field goals; Bemidji 5 (Carey Woods, 2 Brown 2, Rude) Red River 4 (Thompson 2, Schreiner, HHalftime score; Red River 40, Bemidji 36

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BEMIDJI B (75) Declusin 16, Sullivan 16, Hengel 13, Rutledge 9, Cervenka 8, Berndt 4, Hendricks 4, Fraley 2, Vonasek2, Supalla 1, Bakker, Fodness, Bellew 0

RED RIVER (79)_ Anderson 23, Kroeplin 18, Lillemore 10, Farron 8, Hillebrand 7, Helman 5,. Anderson 4, Hardin 2, Kipplinger 2

Halftime score: Red River 41, Bemidji 25

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BEMIDJI C (36) Huseby 8, Baumgartner 8, Kroening 7, Hovila 6, McLean 4, Summer 2, Rainey 1, Seado, Kovach 0

RED RIVER (64) Page 25, .Leach 16,.A. Bothan 8, Kemmice 7,Azure 3, L. Bothan 3, Anderson 2

Halftime score; Red River 40, Bemidji 17

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