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Bemidji High School boys basketball: Rocori defeats Jacks with three pointers

Rocori completed a lost weekend for the Bemidji Lumberjacks boys basketball team, handing the Jacks a 64-37 setback at Cold Spring.

It was the Jacks poorest performance of the year and their lowest score, well under the 48 scored in the opening night win at East Grand Forks.

"It was a bad game all around,," said a disappointed Coach Jeff Brown. "We played poorly in all phases of the game."

The loss dropped the Jacks to 12-10. They should add No. 13 Saturday when they travel to Park Rapids. Rocori upped its mark to 11-12.

Rocori beat Bemidji at its own game, draining 10 treys, five by Adam Backes, while limiting Bemidji to three.

Three early treys staked the Spartans to a 9-2 lead.

But the Jacks battled back to tie at 13-13 on a 9-2 run and seemed to have steadied.

But that was the end of the contest as Rocori ran the next nine and went on to a 30-18 lead at the half,. Bemidji had only six field goals at this point.

Six of the Rocori baskets to that point came from behind the arc.

Sam Weaver opened the second half with a basket but Rocori unleashed a 10 point run to widen the gap to 40-20 and the issue was decided.

Bemidji never put baskets back to back until the final two minutes when it trailed 59-33 when Tony Baumgartner and Joe Kingery connected.

Backes ended with 17, the only Spartan to reach double figures. But ten other players scored.

Ryan Telander was the only Bemidji player in double figures with 12. Seven other players scored but five had only two points. The Jacks starting backcourt combination was held to a single basket

Rocori held a 29-20 boards lead and had only six turnovers to Bemidji's 14.

B, C Teams fall

The B and C Teams both fell. The JV lost 64-50, trailing 34-25 at the half.

Anthony Burg hit 16 to lead the Spartans. Cory Rutledge had 14, Carey Woods 12 and Harley Kroening 10 for Bemidji.

The Frosh lost 59-50 after leading 29-25 at the break.

J.C. Cervenka was the only Bemidji player in double figures with12.

The B Team dropped to 12-9 and the C Team to 10-8. Both face the Panthers Saturday.