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BOYS BASKETBALL: Cold shooting dooms Bemidji in 71-47 loss to Rogers

Bemidji guard Joe Strong puts up a shot against Rogers defender Gunnar Bloom during Friday’s game. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – Victories will come to the Bemidji High School boys basketball team, perhaps as early as today when the Lumberjacks host St. Michael-Albertville at 4:30 p.m.

But those wins will be difficult to come by if BHS struggles from the field as much as it did Friday in a 71-47 home loss to Rogers.

“Our shooting was very poor, especially in the second half,” said Bemidji assistant coach Travis Peterson. “In the second half we shot 29 percent and Rogers hit 18 of its 25 second-half shots for 72 percent.

“We struggled from the field and defensively we gave up too many lay-ups in that second half.”

The second-half problems spoiled what had been a hotly-contested game.

At intermission Rogers led 31-25 but the Lumberjacks stayed with their opponent all of the way.

With the game tied 5-5 the visitors scored the next seven points and five of them were the result of a technical foul called on Bemidji for not having a player’s number in the official scorebook. BHS had possession when the infraction was noticed and lost it.

Rogers made the two free throws and was awarded the ball a second time. On that possession the Royals drained a 3-pointer and what had been a 5-5 tie was now a 12-5 Rogers lead.

The teams exchanged the lead six times in the opening 18 minutes and with 5:50 to play in the half Connor McNallan’s 3-pointer from the top of the circle gave Bemidji a 21-20 advantage.

Rogers scored the next five points to open a 24-21 lead but James Hendricks quickly tied the game when he drained a trey from the circle.

The Royals, however, outscored the Lumberjacks 7-1 the rest of the stanza, and held the 31-25 lead at intermission.

McNallan had seven of Bemidji’s first-half points and Jeremiah Huseby had five.

In the second half, however, the tide turned as Bemidji continually misfired while the Royals never missed.

Huseby added six points in the second half and finished with a game-high 11. McNallan added nine and Billy Baumgartner had eight.

The Jacks will take an 0-3 record into today’s action.

Rogers: Sagehorn 3, 1-4, 7; Bloom 6, 0-2, 13; Loughlin 4, 0-0, 11; Gelle 2, 4-4, 8; Pecka 1, 1-1, 3; Nelson 3, 1-2, 8; Murray 4, 3-6, 11; Olson 0, 0-2, 0; Spilles 5, 0-0, 10. Totals: 29, 10-21, 71.

Bemidji: Baumgartner 4, 0-1, 8; McNallan 4, 0-2, 9; Sommer 0, 0-0, 0; Strong 2, 0-0, 6; Ingalls 0, 0-0, 0; Seado 1, 1-2, 3; Hendricks 1, 0-0, 3; R.Misco 0, 1-6, 1; J.Misco 3, 0-1, 6; Huseby 5, 0-0, 11. Totals: 20, 2-12, 47

3-point FG: Rogers 3, Bemidji 5 (McNallan 1, Strong 2, Hendricks 1, Huseby 1)

Fouls: Rogers 16, Bemidji 20

Halftime: Rogers 31, Bemidji 25

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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