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Bemidji completes sweep with win over DL boys

Bemidji sophomore Colten Jensen (51) scores in the first half against Detroit Lakes on Tuesday at BHS. Jensen scored a career-high 24 points for the Jacks. Jillian Gandsey / Forum News Service

The Detroit Lakes boys basketball team got within three points in the second half but the Bemidji Lumberjacks completed a sweep of both Laker teams in a 67-49 Section 8AAA victory in Tuesday’s nightcap at Bemidji high school.

Sophomore Colten Jensen came off the bench to lead all scorers with 24 points. He scored 14 of his points in the first half to lead the Jacks to a 32-21 lead at the break.

Early in the second-half, Jensen turned a Ryan Bieberdorf steal into an and-one layup on the other end, capping a 7-0 run for a 43-29 Lumberjack advantage.

The Lakers responded when Reed Mace drained a three for a 7-0 run to answer within a three-possession span. The surge cut Bemidji’s lead to three at 46-43 and the Lakers held within five points 50-45 at the midway point of the half.

Bemidji put the game away scoring 10 straight points, highlighted by a smooth Kade Peterson reverse layup to go up 60-45.

DL’s Logan Pratt stopped the bleeding with a converted layup, but the Lakers only mustered four points in the final eight minutes of play.

Pratt led DL with 13 points. Jake Bettcher added nine and Mace scored eight.

Peterson joined Jensen in double figures for the Jacks (3-3) with a dozen points.

DL (2-4) will look to rebound at the Sauk Rapids-Rice Invitational Dec. 27-28.

(Bemidji Pioneer sports reporter Micah Friez contributed to this story)

DL    21 28 - 49

BEM 32 35 - 67

DL: Pratt 13, Bettcher 9, Mace 8, Doppler 5, Stearns 4, J. Kerzman 3, Froke 3, Hanninen 2, T. Kerzman 2.

BEM: Jensen 24, K. Peterson 12, Konecne 7, J. Peterson 6, Beberg 5, Bieberdorf 5, S. Hess 4, Hubbard 4.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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