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BOYS BASKETBALL: Jacks fall in OT on the road

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DULUTH — Bemidji’s missed opportunities at the free throw line played a key factor in its 76-71 overtime loss to Duluth East Thursday.

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“It was a game between two pretty evenly-matched teams,” Bemidji head coach Dan Ninham said. “ It came down to free throw shooting and that is an area where we really have been struggling and it was a huge factor again tonight.”

Bemidji finished the game 8-of-20 from the charity stripe.

The Lumberjacks held a 32-27 lead at halftime.

James Hendricks a balanced scoring attack for BHS with 25 points. Collin Rutledge followed with 18 and Joe Strong posted 15 points.

Gabe Salander pulled down 14 rebounds to go with his eight points.

Sam Thompson led the way for Duluth East with 21 points.

Bemidji’s shooting struggles did not extend beyond the three-point arc, as it made 11-of-25 (44 percent) shots from long distance.

“The three-point shooting was great,” Ninham said. “But when it comes down to crunch time, you need to convert on the free throws.”

Bemidji will host Alexandria at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

“We are close,” Ninham said of his team’s progress. “We have to keep on striving and hopefully we can start clicking at the same time.”

Duluth East 76, Bemidji 71 (OT)

Bemidji (71) Hendricks 25, Rutledge 18, Strong 15, Ingalls 2, Huseby 3, Salander 8. Totals 26 8-20 71.

3-pointers — Hendricks 5, Strong 5, Huseby.

Duluth East (76) — Heyer 8, Maslowski 10, McBeath 18, Bolen 13, Downing 2, Sam Thompson 21, Sandbulte 4. Totals 27 16-28 76.

3-pointers — Heyer, Bolen 3, Thompson 2.

Halftime score: Bemidji 32, Duluth East 27.

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