Cass Lake-Bena did not play a perfect game in its East Sub-Section 8A opener at the BSU gym Thursday but the top-seeded Panthers did enough things right to advance to Saturday's sub-section semifinals with an 89-58 win over No. 8 seed Clearbrook-Gonvick.
"We played well on and off," said CL-B coach Brian Michaelson. "We start firing on all cylinders and then we have fouled plugs.
"At times we were careless with the ball but defensively I was happy with the way we played. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give our performance a 9."
Cass Lake-Bena never trailed Thursday and Cody Wind's inside bucket combined with Caleb Fisher's fast-break hoop and free throw to give the Panthers a 7-2 advantage three minutes into the action.
Following Weston Bakke's 3-pointer CL-B scored seven consecutive points to take command at 14-5.
Fisher began the spurt with a basket from the paint. Wind followed with a rebound bucket and A.J. Johnson capped the flurry with a free throw and a move along the baseline.
By intermission the Panthers were comfortably ahead 43-22 and the Bears never drew within 19 points the rest of the way.
Cass Lake-Bena will take a 24-3 record into Saturday's 3:30 p.m. sub-section semifinal at the REA in Thief River Falls against Blackduck which defeated Kelliher-Northome 73-62 Thursday at BSU.
Trey Volk scored 36 points to power the Drakes to their win. Dominic Anderson and Brad Kusper each contributed 15.
Saturday's 5:15 p.m. sub-section semifinal at the REA will match Fosston against Red Lake. Thursday at Bemidji High School Fosston, the second seed, edged No. 7 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 61-53 in double overtime.
Red Lake, the third seed, advanced with a 95-86 victory over No. 6 Mahnomen.
The sub-section championship game will be 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the REA. The 8A title will be decided 7 p.m. March 16, also at the REA.
Bakke 20, Dickey 3, Hetland 8, Mack 2, Beaulieu 15, Dorn 2, Bodensteiner 3, Barrett 4, Pletschett 1. Totals: 21, 10-17, 58.
Cass Lake-Bena (89)
Fisher 14, Swanholm 4, Laduke 8, Johnson 15, Collins 5, Moe 9, Brunelle 10, Ellis 18, Wind 6. Totals: 36, 8-15, 89
3-point FG: C-G 10, CL-B 5
Halftime: CL-B 43, C-G 22
Volk 36, Anderson 15, Kusper 15, Fraley 2, Fenske 2, Krabbenhoft 3.
Shaughnessy 5, Williams 18, Pink 2, Anderson 4, Olafson 2, Rahier 9, Jorgenson 2, Schn eider 5, Schuh 15