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Cloquet's big men too much for Bemidji

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Cloquet's big men too much for Bemidji
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CLOQUET – For the second time in as many nights the Bemidji boys’ basketball team faced an opponent with talented and tall inside men and for the second time the Lumberjacks came up short.

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Friday at Cloquet the home team was able to dominate the paint with 6-8 Aaron Johnson, 6-7 Adam Laine and 6-4 Dillon Johnson. The trio combined for 57 points and carried Cloquet to a 75-57 victory over Bemidji.

“Those three kids were big and athletic,” said BHS coach Dan Ninham. “And they played exceptional basketball. We got outgunned.”

Cloquet took charge in the first half as it forged a 40-22 lead at intermission. Bemidji stuck with its host in the second stanza, playing Cloquet to a 35-35 draw. But the damage was done in the first 18 minutes.

“Cloquet was able to work it inside to its big guys and they took control,” Ninham said. “In the second half we played a man-to-man defense and it was an even half.

“Our defense forced 22 turnovers and we only committed 12 and that was nice to see,” Ninham added.

Jeremiah Huseby scored 15 points, Joe Strong 12 and Connor McNallan 10 to pace Bemidji’s attack.

“Jeremiah had a very good game and Joe scored those 12 points in only nine minutes of playing time,” Ninham said. “They both played very well.”

Bemidji (1-14) is off until Feb. 2 when it visits Moorhead.

Bemidji (57): Baumgartner 1, 0-2, 2; McNallan 3, 4-7, 10; Strong 5, 3-3, 12; Ingalls 0, 0-0, 0; Seado 2, 0-0, 5; Hendricks 3, 1-2, 7; Bruns 1, 1-2, 3; Misco 1, 1-1, 3; Huseby 5, 2-2, 15. Totals: 21, 12-19, 57

Cloquet (75): Evans 1, 0-0, 2; Gerlach 1, 0-0, 2; Diver 1, 0-0, 3; Weets 1, 3-5, 5; Bushey 2, 0-0, 6; D.Johnson 6, 0-0, 16; A.Johnson 7, 6-7, 20; Laine 8, 5-7, 21. Totals: 27, 15/19, 75

3-point FG: Bemidji 5 (Strong , Seado 1, Huseby 3), Cloquet 7

Fouls: Bemidji 16, Cloquet 17

Halftime: Cloquet 40, Bemidji 22

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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