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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team kept within striking distance all throughout Saturday’s second half, but the Lumberjacks never got over the hump in a 58-52 loss to Alexandria at the BHS Gymnasium. “I thought we fought. Our effort was there. We just didn’t knock down shots like we need to,” Bemidji head coach Travis Peterson said. “It’s hard to overcome our poor shooting tonight. It comes down to knocking down shots. We can’t score 52 points and win many games.”
BEMIDJI -- A demanding week culminated on Saturday for the Bemidji High School basketball team with a 69-46 loss to Alexandria at the BHS Gymnasium. “I don’t like to make excuses, but we were half a step slow today,” Lumberjacks head coach Steve Schreiber said. “We played very physical against Grand Rapids and we matched physicality with… Hopkins (earlier this week). We looked a little beat up today.”
ST. PAUL -- After forcing Concordia-St. Paul to an 0-for-10 start from the field, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team was flying into a double-digit lead. But the strong start was negated by the Golden Bears from there, and the Beavers were shut down in a 63-53 loss in St. Paul on Friday.
ST. PAUL -- In a had-to-have-it game for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team, Christian Pekarek stepped up the challenge. The senior captain dropped a career-high 27 points -- 24 after halftime -- to lead the Beavers to an 82-76 comeback road win over Concordia-St. Paul on Friday.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School girls basketball team faced far and away its biggest challenge of the season Friday night. But even through a 92-44 loss to Class 4A No. 4 Hopkins, the always-animated, always-energetic Steve Schreiber fought just as passionately as his Lumberjacks from the sidelines at a rocking BHS Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team is set on finishing this weekend. Last Friday, BSU (8-11, 5-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) topped Minot State -- a top team in the NSIC North Division -- before losing on Saturday to U-Mary -- a bottom team in the NSIC North.
BEMIDJI -- Not often does a team feel good heading into a weekend while on an eight-game losing streak, but the Bemidji State women's basketball team isn’t hitting the panic button just yet. “I don’t think anything is set in stone right now,” sophomore center Sydney Arrington said. “There’s a sense of urgency with us, trying to get back. There’s only a month left (of the regular season). But there are a lot of basketball games… I think there are a lot of good things coming.”
BEMIDJI -- Most everyone in Bemidji knows Paul Bunyan, but meet Spencer Konecne: the second tallest Lumberjack in town. Standing at 6-foot-9, the junior center is the long and lanky inside presence for the Bemidji High School boys basketball team. “I can block shots, reach out and grab rebounds,” Konecne said. “My style is defense and shot blocking, protecting the rim. And then on offense, I’m a good screener and always down low for a lob.”
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School girls basketball team was hanging tough with Class AAA No. 9 Grand Rapids in the first half of Tuesday’s game at the BHS Gymnasium. Whether it was through a timely takeaway or 3-pointer, the Lumberjacks always seemed to have an answer. But Bemidji’s deficit quickly got out of hand in the second half, resulting in a 85-69 loss.
BEMIDJI -- When triple zeroes hit with a 72-72 stalemate Saturday night, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team had five minutes of overtime to make up for losing a double-digit lead in regulation. Instead, the Beavers watched U-Mary play spoiler with a 7-0 run early in the extra period, stealing an 88-80 road win at the BSU Gymnasium.