Bergh unstoppable in victory over Waubun
Six-foot, 10-inch senior center Jesse Bergh presented a difficult mismatch for the No. 3 Waubun Bombers and Bergh took advantage and led the No. 2 Lake Park-Audubon Raiders to a 76-53 victory in the Section 6A North subsection semifinals Saturday at Concordia College in Moorhead.
Bergh finished the game with a school-record 50 points and a massive double-double adding 16 rebounds.
The teams split home wins during the regular season and the Raiders came in with one game plan and that was to use Bergh’s height advantage to the utmost.
“Especially with this team,” said Bergh. “They had really good success against us at their place.”
Waubun could not contain the Raiders’ big man as he scored 28 points in the first half and electrified the crowd with a two-handed jam to put LP-A up 28-11.
The Bombers’ all-time leading scorer Dayton Makey was cold from the floor and the Raiders kept him off the scoresheet until there were less than two minutes remaining in the half.
Makey made threes late in the half around a Dion Bower bucket as Waubun went on a 6-0 run with Bergh taking a breather in the final minute of the half.
Grant Pederson sealed an impressive first half with a three at the halftime horn to send the Raiders to the locker room up comfortably 41-19.
Bergh continued his onslaught out of the halftime horn with a big right-handed dunk to get the Raiders’ momentum going again.
Five minutes in, the Raiders led by 30 points 53-23 when Bergh found Mitch Hall streaking baseline for an easy layup.
Waubun found some success late in the half running a full-court press but it was too late and the deficit was too large for any hope of a Bomber comeback.
Makey fired up in the second half and led Waubun (16-9) with 21 points. Peyton Syverson added 11.
Grant Pederson was the only other Raider in double figures with 11 points. Hall scored six points.
The Raiders improve to 20-6 and will face No. 1 Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal in the North subsection final Tuesday, March 14 at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
“They are a really good team; I’ll give it to them,” said Bergh. “I think if we can lock down their shooters we’ll have a good chance.”
The Titans defeated No. 5 Park Christian 81-42 in the first game of the day Saturday.
WAU 19 32 -53
LP-A 41 35 - 76
WAU - Makey 21, Pey. Syverson 11, Par. Syverson 7, Bower 6, Bartos 5, Heisler 3
LP-A - Bergh 50, Pederson 11, Hall 6, Vohnoutka 6, Frank 2, Raaen 1