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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bemidji falls to state-ranked Tartan

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OAKDALE – The Bemidji High School boys basketball team will have to wait a bit longer for its first win.

The Lumberjacks, playing in the first round of the Tartan Tournament, fell to the host team 94-44 Thursday night in Oakdale.

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“They’re one of the top teams in the state, hosting their own tournament, so we knew it would be a tough game,” BHS head coach Dan Ninham said of the Titans, who were ranked No. 7 in the most recent Class 4A poll.

Add to the fact that the Lumberjacks (0-6) were without their top scorer and point guard Richard Seado for the game and it made their attempt to knock off the Titans (5-1) even tougher.

Tartan outscored Bemidji 56-23 in the first half before dialing it back a bit in the second half and scoring 38 points to Bemidji’s 21.

Bemidji did have two players reach double figures on the night: Jeremiah Huseby led the way with 12 points while Connor McNallan added 12.

Tartan’s Brody Jackson led the Titans with 22.

“We knew exactly what we were getting into today, but we just wanted to compete, and I think we did a good job,” Ninham said. “It’s always tough coming down to the metro area but it’s a great experience for the kids.”

The Lumberjacks will take on another ranked team, Class 3A No. 8 Columbia Heights, in consolation bracket action at 2:45 p.m. today. The Hylanders fell to Rogers in their first-round matchup Thursday.

In other action at the Tartan tournament, Hayfield knocked off Class 3A No. 7 Spring Lake Park 70-59, while Centennial defeated Bloomington Kennedy 73-69.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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