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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bemidji earns 3 seed for 8-4A Tournament after tight race

The Lumberjacks earned the No. 3 seed for the Section 8-4A Tournament on Saturday, matching up with rival Moorhead in the first round. They’ll tip off against the sixth-seeded Spuds at 8:01 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at the BHS Gymnasium.

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Bemidji senior Sam Wilson (11) moves with the ball in the first half against Perham on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at the BHS Gymnasium.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team will start its run for a section championship on home court.

The Lumberjacks earned the No. 3 seed for the Section 8-4A Tournament on Saturday, matching up with rival Moorhead in the first round. They’ll tip off against the sixth-seeded Spuds at 8:01 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at the BHS Gymnasium.

The winner advances to the semifinals and will face either second-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen or seventh-seeded Rogers at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the high seed.

On the other half of the bracket, top-seeded Buffalo hosts eighth-seeded St. Michael-Albertville, while No. 4 Brainerd and No. 5 Elk River clash in the other quarterfinal.

The section championship is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 17 at a neutral site.

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Bemidji (15-7) and Moorhead (14-12) split their regular season meetings, both of which were played in Moorhead. The Spuds won a 74-69 matchup on Dec. 18, while the Jacks won a 62-60 rematch on Feb. 15.

The Section 8-4A field was determined by QRF. The race was tight, as the second through fifth seeds were separated by eight points. BHS claimed the three seed thanks to tiebreakers over Brainerd and Elk River.

Section 8-4A Tournament pairings

No. 3 Bemidji vs. No. 6 Moorhead

No. 2 Sartell-St. Stephen vs. No. 7 Rogers

No. 1 Buffalo vs. No. 8 St. Michael-Albertville

No. 4 Brainerd vs. No. 5 Elk River

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