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Boys basketball: Thief River Falls downs Bemidji 84-47

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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji boys basketball team couldn’t build on the momentum gained by Saturday’s victory at Sauk Rapids as the Lumberjacks dropped an 84-47 home decision Monday to Thief River Falls.

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The Prowlers (18-6) were too quick and too talented for BHS to handle and the visitors took charge early with a 19-2 run to start the game. Bemidji’s only points during the decisive spurt were provided by Collin Rutledge who found an opening in the paint. That bucket cut the deficit to 7-2 but Thief River Falls scored the next 12 points to regain control.

Midway through the first half the visitors owned a 23-8 lead and by intermission they increased their cushion to 43-19.

Rutledge had seven of Bemidji’s first-half points while Joe Strong scored six. James Hendricks and Jake Faukenberry each scored two.

The trend continued in the second half as the Prowlers found the open spots and hit the open shots. With nine minutes to play in the game TRF enjoyed a 65-33 advantage and the visitors continued to build on that margin the rest of the way.

Rutledge finished with 17 points, Strong had 12 and Hendricks 10.

BHS, 3-21, will end its regular season at home Thursday against Grand Rapids. The Section 8-4A seedings will be determined Sunday.

TRF (84): Leier 6, 3-3, 17; Onkka 4, 2-2, 10; Olsono 0, 2-2, 2; Panek 4, 1-2, 9; Storm 6, 2-2, 14; Kruse 3, 2-2, 11; Hutton 2, 0-0, 5; Joppru 5, 1-1, 14; Lofberg 1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 31, 13-14, 84

Bemidji (47): Hendricks 4, 0-0, 10; Rutledge 8, 0-0, 17; Peterson 0, 0-0, 0; Rose 0, 0-2, 0; Strong 4, 0-0, 12; Faukenberry 1, 0-0, 2; Ingalls 0, 0-0, 0; Huseby 2, 0-2, 4; Cervenka 0, 0-0, 0; Anderson 0, 0-0, 0; Ramirez 0, 0-0, 0; Salander 1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 21, 0-4, 47

3-point FG: TRF 9, Bemidji 7

Fouls: TRF 8, Bemidji 13

Halftime: TRF 43, Bemidji 19

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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