Undefeated No. 5AA Perham got off to a slow start and Detroit Lakes brought a physical style of play to the Yellowjackets but senior guard Charlie Rasmussen scored 22 of his game-high 28 points in the second half to lead the visitors to a 63-40 victory at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Thursday, Jan. 9.
“We turned the ball over and ultimately, didn’t make enough shots,” DL head coach Markus Okeson said.
Perham was 19 of 41 (46 percent) from the field to DL's 16-57 (28 percent) in a deciding statistic, but it was Perham that struggled early in the first half and the Lakers took advantage busting out to an 11-4 lead on a pair of Nate Cihak free throws eight minutes into the game.
After a Rasmussen basket, Perham head coach Dave Cresap called a timeout and Rasmussen and Finn Diggins scored back-to-back buckets to pull within one point down 11-10.
Detroit Lakes held the lead to the four-minute mark of the half up 17-13 on a Max Gunderson field goal.
Diggins scored to get back to a one-possession game and Rasmussen drove to the hoop for the tying score when he was clobbered by DL senior Gabe Hanninen with a foul that got everyone in the gym riled up.
Rasmussen calmly drained both free throws for the first tie of the game at 17-all with 3:48 remaining until halftime.
Hanninen’s foul put the Lakers in the double bonus and the lead disappeared for good on two free throws from Perham’s Grant McMartin with 2:22 left on the clock.
The Yellowjackets led at the break 26-20.
Gunderson hit the first bucket of the second half and Drew Markuson drained a three to pull the Lakers to within a point trailing 26-25, but Rasmussen and the Jackets caught fire and fouls caught up to DL in the second half.
Perham finished on a 37-15 run to turn a close game into a blowout.
Diggins added 15 points as he and Rasmussen combined for 68 percent of Perham’s points.
Gunderson led the Lakers with 14 points. Reed Mace added nine.
Perham improved to 10-0 on the season; Detroit Lakes has lost three straight to drop to 3-6.
Detroit Lakes is back in action at home Friday, Jan. 10 against Aitkin (5-5).
Perham 63, Detroit Lakes 40
PER 26 37 - 63
DL 20 20 - 40
PER - Charlie Rasmussen 28, Finn Diggins 15, Carter Aakre 4, Gunnar Anderson 4, Gavin Hullikka 3, Gabe Thompson 3, Elijah Morris 2, Grant McMartin 2, Landon Stevens 2.
DL - Max Gunderson 14, Reed Mace 9, Tate Kerzman 7, Nate Cihak 5, Drew Markuson 3, Caleb Tangen 2.