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Cass Lake’s Jordan Collins (12) is fouled by Mahnomen’s Kaleb Gleseke, left, during the first half of Thursday night’s Section 8A quarterfinal held at Bemidji High School. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BOYS BASKETBALL: Cass Lake-Bena falls to Mahnomen; Blackduck upsets Red Lake

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BEMIDJI – The final score line might not reflect it, but Cass Lake-Bena put together a stellar defensive effort against Mahnomen in Thursday night’s Sub-Section 8A East quarterfinal game at Bemidji High School.

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The Panthers just didn’t have the offense to compliment it.

Seventh-seeded CL-B forced 41 Mahnomen turnovers – 19 in the first half and 21 in the second half – but the Panthers’ inability to make easy shots proved their demise in an 81-69 loss against the second-seeded Indians.

“I don’t know exactly what we shot, but we picked a bad night to have our worst game offensively,” CL-B head coach Brian Michaelson said of his team’s poor night shooting the ball. “Missing free throws and those easy bunnies killed us.”

The Panthers (10-16) had their chances, too.

In the first half, Cass Lake shot out to an early 15-9. Damien Kingbird made some easy layups down low followed by seven straight points from Josh Laduke.

Constant ball pressure and an early full-court press helped the Panthers force the Indians to throw the ball away at inopportune times to build up that lead.

However, the Panthers weren’t able to make the most out of Mahnomen’s numerous gifts to them.

After CL-B took the 15-9 lead with 10:22 to go in the first half, Mahnomen took advantage of Cass Lake’s numerous missed shots.

It helped that the Indians had the 6-foot-3 Jacob Pavek down low, out-muscling the CL-B post players and denying them second-chance opportunities.

His rebounding, combined with the shooting of Jason Schoeborn, Dylan Reitan and Luke Warnsholz, helped fuel an 11-0 run over the next three minutes.

“Cass Lake did a really good job pressuring us on the ball and forcing those turnovers,” Mahnomen head coach John Clark said. “But we were able to dominate the boards and those turnovers didn’t hurt us as much as they could have.”

Pavek finished the game with an eye-popping 30 points and 26 rebounds; Mahnomen outrebounded the Panthers 61-39 in the game.

But those turnovers continued to keep Cass Lake-Bena in the game.

The Indians led 35-19 with 1:40 to go in the second half but the Panthers cut the game to single-digits with 9 points in less than 90 seconds – Laduke and Alvin Wind each hit 3s to cut it to 36-25 then Jordan Collins scored twice (a layup and a foul shot) on a pair of Mahnomen turnovers with less than 30 seconds to go.

Mahnomen led 36-28 at the break, but Cass Lake-Bena went on a little run to start the second half. Wind and Laduke both knocked down some 3s and the Panthers were able to find Kingbird inside enough to cut Mahnomen’s lead to 45-41 with 12:39 to play.

The Panthers were never able to get any closer, however. Mahnomen continued to find Pavek on the inside – he scored 17 points in the second half.

The Indians also made their free throws – something the Panthers couldn’t do.

Mahnomen shot 23-for-38 (61 percent) from the foul line while Cass Lake-Bena went just 9-for-21 (43 percent).

The Indians were working with a 12-point margin for most of the second half. The Panthers cut Mahnomen’s lead back to single digits numerous times with less than five minutes to play – thanks to some inopportune turnovers by the Indians – but couldn’t get closer than eight.

“We had our chances, but we just weren’t able to get it going on offense,” Michaelson said. “But we’re still pretty young. Our kids played a good game but I think they just weren’t as experienced playing in the playoffs.”

Laduke finished the game with a team-high 22 points, while Wind scored 17 points thanks to draining five 3-pointers. Kingbird added 14 and Collins 11.

In addition to Pavek’s 30, Schoenborn and Reitan added 18 each.

Mahnomen (19-4) will take on sixth-seeded Blackduck (16-10) at 1:45 p.m. Saturday in semifinal action at Ralph Englestad Arena in Thief River Falls.

Cass Lake-Bena (69) – Wind 6 0-0 17; Laduke 8 3-5 33; Collins 4 3-9 11; Headbird 1 1-3 3; D.Kingbird 6 2-4 14; M.Kingbird 1 0-0 2; Jones 0 0-0 0; Premo 0 0-0 0; Swanholm 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 9-21 69.

Mahnomen (81) Schoenborn 6 4-6 18; Guinn 0 0-0 0; Gieske 4 1-5 9; Pergl 0 1-2 1; Peitan 5 8-11 18; T.Pavek 0 0-2 0; Warnscholz 1 2-3 5; J.Pavek 12 6-8 30. Totals 28 23-38 81.

3-point goals – Cass Lake-Bena 8; Mahnomen 2.

Team Fouls – Cass Lake-Bena 24; Mahnomen 18.

Rebounds – Cass Lake-Bena 39, Mahnomen 61.

Turnovers – Cass Lake-Bena 26, Mahnomen 41.

Halftime Score – Mahnomen 36, Cass Lake-Bena 28.

Blackduck upsets Red Lake

During the regular season Red Lake collected a pair of victories over the Drakes but Thursday at the Bemidji High School in the Sub-Section 8A East quarterfinals the Drakes turned the tables on the Warriors, posting a 93-72 victory.

Blackduck’s reward is a trip to the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls on Saturday and a 1:45 p.m. battle against Mahnomen.

Thursday’s game matched the No. 6 seeded Drakes against the No. 3 ranked Warriors but Blackduck defied the seeding and held an edge most of the way.

With 1:52 to play in the opening half the Drakes owned a 39-29 advantage and by intermission they stretched the cushion to 45-33.

Trey Volk had the hot hand for Blackduck in the opening 18 minutes as the junior scored 30 points.

Volk scored only six points in the second stanza but the Drakes maintained the lead in the final 18 minutes.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Volk and Jacob Krabbenhoft with 10:35 to play in the game widened the cushion to 62-46. The Warriors sliced their deficit to 62-52 with a 6-0 run but five minutes later the gap was 77-57.

Volk led all scorers with 36 points. Brad Kusper contributed 16 for the Drakes and Dominic Anderson had 11.

Ryan Holthusen scored 31 for Red Lake and Russell Barrett added 20. No other Warrior had more than seven points.

Blackduck will take a 17-10 record into Saturday’s contest. Red Lake ended its year 15-12.

Top-ranked Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and fourth-seeded Kelliher Northome advanced Thursday in the sub-section’s upper bracket in games played at Bemidji State.

The Warriors bounced No. 9 Clearbrook-Gonvick 74-51 while K-N nipped No. 5 Fosston 60-57.

Chris Duff scored 24 for WHA while Nick Bodensteiner had 20 for the Bears.

K-N was led by Keith Shaughnessy who scored 12. Mark Geerdes added 11.

WHA and K-N will square off Saturday at noon in the other sub-section semifinal.

Blackduck 93, Red Lake 72

Blackduck (93): T.Volk 10, 9-10, 36; Anderson 1, 9-10, 11; Krabbenhoft 3, 0-2, 8; Weisert 1, 0-0, 2; Sparby 1, 0-09, 3; Kusper 5, 6-9, 16; Jablonski 2, 1-2, 5; Fenske 2, 4-4, 8; I.Volk 1, 1-2, 4. Totals: 26, 30-39, 93

Red Lake (72): Beaulieu 1, 3-4, 5; Jourdain 2, 2-2, 7; Cobenais 2, 1-2, 5; Kingbird 1, 2-2, 4; Holthusen 10, 6-10, 31; Barrett 8, 4-5, 20. Totals: 24, 18-25, 72

3-point FG: Blackduck 11, Red Lake 6

Fouls: Blackduck 17, Red Lake 26

Halftime: Blackduck 45, Red Lake 33

K-N 60, Fosston 57

Kelliher-Northome (60): Shaughnessy 5, 2-3, 12; Burns 1, 0-0, 2; Williams 4, 0-1, 9; Olafson 1, 0-0, 3; I.Rahier 4, 0-0, 8; Schneider 2, 2-2, 6; Lindley 2, 0-1, 4; Geerdes 5, 1-4, 11; E.Rahier 2, 0-0, 5. Totals: 26, 5-11, 60

Fosston (57): Borud 0, 1-2, 1; Sather 6, 0-0, 13; Arneson 2, 0-0, 6; Viken 6, ,11-14, 23; Carlin 5, 0-0, 14. Totals: 19, 12-16, 57

3-point FG: K-N 3, Fosston 7

Fouls: K-N 16, Fosston 15

Halftime: K-N 29, Fosston 29

WHA 74, Clearbrook-Gonvick 51

WHA (74): Ginos 3, 0-0, 6; Richter 1, 0-1, 2; Widman 1, 0-00, 2; Ovitt 2, 2-4, 7; Kimball 2, 0-0, 4; Swedberg 3, 0-0, 8; Duff 11, 2-2, 24; Fisher 9, 0-0, 19; Andersoon 1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 33, 4-7, 74

C-G: Hommes 3, 1-1, 7; Hetland 5, 0-0, 11; Lavin 1, 0-0, 2; Bodensteiner 7, 6-10, 20; Barrett 3, 0-0, 8; Pletschett 0, 3-4, 3. Totals: 19, 10-15, 51

3-point FG: WHA 4, C-G 3

Fouls: WHA 11, C-G 11

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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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