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Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer Bemidji’s James Hendricks scores and drew a foul with this inside move during Saturday’s game against Red Lake. The Warriors defeated the Jacks 86-72.1 / 7
Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer Lumberjacks Jame hendricks drives the lane against Red Lake defenders on Saturday afternoon.2 / 7
Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer Senior Collin Rutledge has a fast break layup against Red Lake on Saturday afternoon.3 / 7
Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer Bemidji’s Jens Huseby finds a wall under the basket with Red Lake defender Mason Kingbird on Saturday afternoon.4 / 7
Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer Bemidji’s Joe Strong dribbles into the lane against Red Lake defender Justice Needham on Saturday afternoon. 5 / 7
Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer Lumberjack AJ Anderson scraps for an offensive rebound in the first half against Red Lake on Saturday afternoon.6 / 7
Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer Senior Jaylen Ingalls put two from the free-throw line on Saturday afternoon. 7 / 7

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji boys basketball team stuck with Red Lake most of the way Saturday but an 11-1 streak by the Warriors midway through the second half gave the visitors a double-digit lead and Red Lake went on to down the Jacks 86-72 at the BHS gym.

The first half was a give-and-take battle as it featured six ties. The Lumberjacks briefly led 10-7 following a Gabe Salander bucket from the paint but Red Lake answered with a 6-0 run to regain the lead at 13-10.

With 9:13 to play in the half the score was knotted at 15-15 but the Warriors took control with a 10-3 flurry that gave them a 25-18 advantage.

BHS scored the final five points of the half as James Hendricks found room on a drive and Joe Strong drained a 3-pointer. Those points enabled the Jacks to whittle their deficit to only 40-34 at the break.

Hendricks and Strong scored all but five of Bemidji’s first-half points. Hendricks connected on a trio of 3-pointers in the stanza and scored 19 points by intermission while Strong had 11.

Ryan Holthusen scored 16 first-half points to lead Red Lake.

The Warriors began the second half with a 7-0 run and opened a 47-34 lead. Strong’s 3-pointer with 13 minutes to play brought Bemidji within single digits at 54-46 and eventually the Jacks closed the gap to 64-60 after a Hendricks 3-pointer.

Once again, however, Red Lake had the answer and an 11-1 spurt gave the Warriors a 75-61 cushion.

Hendricks led all scorers with 34 points. The junior also snared 11 rebounds, dished four assists and had three steals.

Strong added 17 points and Collin Rutledge had eight.

Holthusen paced Red Lake (8-6) with 32 points. Jeremy Martin added 13, Mason Kingbird 12 and James Jourdain 10.

Bemidji (2-13) returns to action Thursday at Grand Rapids.

Red Lake (86): Needham 0, 1-2,1; McLain 0, 3-4, 3; Jourdain 4, 1-2, 10; R.Kingbird 2, 2-4, 8; Holthusen 11, 9-11, 32; M.Kingbird 4, 3-4, 12; Beaulieu 2, 2-3, 7; Martin ,5 3-6, 13. Totals: 28, 24-36, 86

Bemidji (72): Hendricks 11, 5-6, 34; Rutledge 4, 0-0, 8; Strong 6, 0-0, 17; Ingalls 0, 1-2, 1; Huseby 1, 2-5, 4; Beaulieu 0, 0-0, 0; Anderson 2, 0-0, 4; Salander 2, 0-0, 4. Totals: 26, 8-13, 72

3-point FG: Red Lake 6, Bemidji 12 (Hendricks 7, Strong 5)

Fouls: Red Lake 12, Bemidji 25

Halftime: Red Lake 40, Bemidji 34

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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