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BOYS BASKETBALL: Lumberjacks hang on over Moorhead for fifth straight

MOORHEAD -- Behind 24 points from Kade Peterson, the Bemidji High School boys basketball team hung on down the stretch to top Moorhead 73-67 on Tuesday, good for the Lumberjacks’ fifth win in a row.

BHS (7-3) led early, but the Spuds (5-7) used second-chance opportunities off the offensive glass for an 11-3 run and a 21-19 lead. Bemidji battled back, though, and Peterson sparked an 8-2 run that closed the half with an and-one finish, making for a 35-31 Lumberjack lead by the break.

And in the second half, the run continued for BHS. Linaes Whiting knocked down a three for a 44-33 lead two minutes in, which opened up at 58-44 six minutes later. MHS clawed back in it, ultimately inching within three at 68-65 on a late fast-break lay in for Alend Alemadi, but Bemidji weathered the storm for the 73-67 win.

Peterson’s 24 points were followed by 15 from Ryan Bieberdorf and 11 from Whiting, while Jace Peterson finished with 11 of his own to go along with seven assists. Alemadi put up a team-high 20 for Moorhead, and Maleeck Harden and Logan Garcia added 15 and 12, respectively.

The Jacks will shoot for their sixth straight victory when they host Grand Rapids at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at the BHS Gymnasium.

Bemidji 73, Moorhead 67

BHS 35 38 -- 73

MHS 31 36 -- 67

Bemidji scorers: K. Peterson 24, Bieberdorf 15, Whiting 11, J. Peterson 11, Beberg 6, Konecne 4, Jensen 2.

Moorhead scorers: Alemadi 20, Harden 15, Garcia 12, Larson 6, Nelson 6, Melting 3, Rickard 3, Hagen 2.