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No. 3AA Perham holds off DL boys for ninth straight win

A last-second heave from half-court for the win found the backboard but not the hoop allowing No. 3AA Perham to escape with a 60-58 victory over Detroit Lakes at The Hive in Perham Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Detroit Lakes led 49-45 with six minutes to play, but a Yellowjacket 8-0 run flipped the score to 53-49 Perham four minutes later.

Tate Kerzman and Jacob Bettcher hit field goals to counter a pair of Carter Cresap free throws to close to within two points trailing 55-53 with 54.6 seconds remaining in the game. Perham’s Josh Jeziorski’s subsequent field goal was answered by a Gabe Hanninen three-ball to cut the Jacket lead to 57-56 as time became critical.

Perham’s Charlie Rasmussen drained a pair of freebies with 14 seconds to go, but Bettcher hit his final bucket of the game with 3.3 on the clock to send Cresap to the line one second later to try to insure at least a tie.

Cresap made one of two for a 60-58 lead and Bettcher launched a shot from mid-court for the win that did not go.

DL got off to a strong start building a 17-7 lead early and holding a 25-17 advantage at the seven-minute mark of the first half. Perham answered with an 11-0 run to lead 28-25 and went to the break up only two points 32-30.

Bettcher led all scorers with 20 points; Hanninen added 14. Jenson Beachy scored 18 to pace the Jackets. Jeziorski added 15 points.

Perham improved to 10-1 overall and have won nine consecutive games. Detroit Lakes dropped to 4-5 and look to get back on track at Aitkin (1-7) Friday, Jan. 11 in a Mid-State Conference game. The Lakers are 2-0 in conference play.

DL    30 28 - 58

PER 32 28 - 60

DL - Jacob Bettcher 20, Gabe Hanninen 14, Nate Cihak 6, Tate Kerzman 6, Max Gunderson 5, Drew Markuson 2.

PER - Jenson Beachy 18, Josh Jeziorski 15, Charlie Rasmussen 8, Carter Cresap 9, Finn Diggins 6, Elijah Morris 3, John LaFond 1.

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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