BOYS BASKETBALL: Lakers hold off Bemidji, 69-66
DETROIT LAKES -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team had more than one chance to force overtime in the closing seconds in Detroit Lakes Thursday, but it wasn’t meant to be in a tight 69-66 loss to the Lakers.
Trailing by three with 16 seconds remaining, Silas Hess grabbed a steal for the Lumberjacks (17-8). After BHS failed to tie on the opportunity, Hess did it again on the ensuing DL possession -- giving Bemidji one final shot to force overtime.
Instead, though, Detroit Lakes (15-11) hung on because of the last-second miss and pulled out the win to end the Jacks regular season.
The Lakers played from behind most of the opening half, only taking their first lead at 34-33 on back-to-back 3-pointers to close the half. They stretched the run to a baker’s dozen for a 41-33 advantage early in the second.
BHS trailed by as many as nine, but Ryan Bieberdorf turned a steal into an and-one layup with 10 minutes to play, capping a 10-0 spurt and reclaiming the Bemidji lead at 51-49. Detroit Lakes rattled off 10 straight soon after, though, and they never trailed again.
Despite the Jacks’ attempts at heroics in the closing seconds, the Lakers fended off BHS just well enough to hang on and win, 69-66.
Spencer Konecne led Bemidji with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Jace Peterson and Bieberdorf each scored another 10 points. Jacob Bettcher poured in 31 for DL, while Tanner Doppler aided the cause with another 15.
The Lumberjacks begin the Section 8-3A Tournament on Tuesday, March 6. They’ll learn their playoff fate when seedings are announced Saturday, March 3.
Detroit Lakes 69, Bemidji 66
BHS 33 33 -- 66
DL 34 35 -- 69
Bemidji scorers: Konecne 16, J. Peterston 10, Bieberdorf 10, K. Peterson 9, Jensen 7, Whiting 7, S. Hess 4, Hubbard 3.
Detroit Lakes scorers: Bettcher 31, Doppler 15, Pratt 12, J. Kerzman 6, Haire 2, Hanninen 2, T. Kerzman 1.