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Jacks smother in second half

A defensive performance which allowed only 11 points in the second half complimented a productive offense and lifted the Bemidji boys basketball team to an 89-50 victory at Cloquet Thursday.

"We were very nonchalant defensively in the first half and we addressed that at halftime," said Lumberjacks coach Jeff Brown. "We made some adjustments and only gave up 11 points in the second half."

BHS had forged a 49-39 cushion at the break but a 20-1 spurt early in the second session ended all hopes of a Cloquet comeback.

"We needed to pick up our defensive intensity in the second half and we did," the coach said. "By doing that we created offensive opportunities that we converted into points."

Carey Woods paced Bemidji's attack with 28 points while Ryan Rude and Cody Rutledge contributed 16 and Ben Hengel nine.

Rude entered Thursday's game eight points shy of 1,000 for his career and on a first-half rebound the senior reached that milestone.

The Jacks are off until Feb. 3 when they travel to Moorhead. The Spuds saddled Bemidji with its only loss of the season on Jan. 8.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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