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BOYS BASKETBALL: Illikainen’s 40 leads Grand Rapids past Bemidji

GRAND RAPIDS — Alex Illikainen’s big night helped Grand Rapids edge Bemidji Thursday night.

The big center scored 40 points as Grand Rapids fought off a late Bemidji rally and won 60-56.

The Lumberjacks (2-14) trailed 36-22 at halftime but mounted a big comeback behind James Hendricks’ 18 points and Collin Rutledge’s 15.

The Lumberjacks outscored the Thunderhawks (12-5) 34-26 in the second half but Illikainen scored half of his points in the final frame to help Grand Rapids.

BHS returns to the court tonight against Colquet.