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Bemidji HS boys basketball: Jacks take on Little Falls for section title spot

The Bemidji Lumberjacks basketball team hopes to play morning ball today and gain a berth in the Section 8-3A title game.

They face the Little Falls Flyers at 11:30 at St. Cloud State after Rocori and Apollo clash in the 10:00 opener.

The winners meet at the same site March 18 for the state tournament berth.

Bemidji takes a 17-9 mark into play after beating Detroit Lakes 55-44 in their tournament opener.

Little Falls is 18-9 after ousting Sauk Rapids 83-50.

The pair are no strangers to each other, Bemidji pulling out a 68-66 thriller on its home court in mid-January.

Their main problem that night was stopping 6-8 Dan Kornbaum who netted 30 points.

But Carey Woods' put back in the final seconds broke a 66-66 tie and gave Bemidji the win.

It will take a super effort to repeat that feat today but one that is within Bemidji's grasp.

Another key Flyer is 6-1 guard Alex Scott who hit 14 that night and has been a double figure scorer for two seasons.

Kornbaum, hit 29 in the win over Sauk Rapids. Guard Zach Horejsi had 20 and forward Ethan Mustonen (6-3) added 13 while Scott was held to seven.

The 17 wins is the most of Coach Jeff Brown's career topping the 16 recorded last year and once earlier this decade.

Its been a long time between state trips for the Jacks who last went in 1985 behind Joe Edlund.

That crew had much the same features as this one with limited size and good scoring balance, relying on speed and shooting ability.

Rob Burgess, Scott Kerick, Karmon Bjella and Todd Sauer completed the starting cast.

Ryan Rude and Carey Woods lead the way this year, Rude with 425 points and Woods with 417. Czar Woods is the floor leader and has 279.

Dan Frost and Grant Richardson round out the starting five.

Josh Kane, Harley Kroening, Mitch Brown and Cody Rutledge will alternate in.

Rude had 24 in the first Little Falls game while Carey Woods added 14 and Czar Woods 13.

Bemidji will probably go with a zone to try and contain Kornbaum and will have to stay out of foul problems.

Frost and Richardson fouled out in the first game with Carey Woods and Kane ending with four.

Today's game, matches the 2-3 seeds in the section with Little Falls the second seed. Bemidji holds a win over top seeded Rocori which split its two games with Apollo this year.