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BOYS BASKETBALL: Buffalo blitzes Bemidji

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BUFFALO – Richard Seado led Bemidji with 18 points, but the Lumberjacks couldn’t handle Buffalo’s explosive offense. The Bison topped the Lumberjacks 92-52 Tuesday night.

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“It was a tough one, but Buffalo is a very good team,” BHS assistant coach Travis Peterson said. “They played tremendous defense on us tonight. They’re a legitimate contender to win the section.”

The Lumberjacks (2-19) hung with the Bison (15-7) for a few minutes in the first half, but Buffalo pulled away with a big run before halftime and took a 52-28 lead into the locker room.

“We hung with them for a bit, but they got a good lead and we never recovered,” Peterson said. “It’s a similar story to what’s been happing all season.”

In the second half, the Bison outscored the Lumberjacks 40-24 to ease to victory.

Seado was Bemidji’s scoring leader with 18 points. He made four 3-pointers and three 2s. Joe Strong was the other Lumberjack in double figures with 14; he drained three treys.

For Buffalo, four players reached double figures; led by Ethan Freer with 18. Also in doubles were Collin Olmscheid (14), Jackson Schepp (11) and Peter Cassady (10).

The Lumberjacks return to the court Thursday when they travel to state-ranked Grand Rapids. The Thunderhawks are No. 10 in the latest Class 3A poll and defeated the Jacks by a score of 61-46 back on Jan. 24 in Bemidji.

Bemidji (52) – Baumgartner 1 0-1 2; Strong 4 3-3 14; Ingalls 2 1-4 6; Seado 7 0-0 18; Hendricks 2 0-0 6; Bruns 1 0-1 2; Misco 2 0-0 4; Huseby 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 4-9 15.

Buffalo (92) – Schepp 5 1-3 11; Senger 3 0-1 7; Youngs 0 1-2 1; Ortmann 2 0-0 5; 8 0-1 18; Bean 4 0-0 8; Olmscheid 6 0-0 14; Dahl 4 0-0 8; Iverson 3 1-3 8; Cassady 4 2-5 10; Braxton 1 0-0 2. Totals 40 4-15 92.

3-point goals: Bemidji 8, Buffalo 7

Halftime Score: Buffalo 52, Bemidji 28.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. 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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