Perham 79, Breckenridge 72

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“Great passion. Great energy. Great leadership. The key guys really stepped up when we needed them tonight”
Head Coach Dave Cresap

Jaden Anderson and Jenson Beach got the offense going with a pair of 3-pointers for the Jackets. The Trojans and Jackets went back and forth before the Jackets went on a 16-4 run to open things up heading into the half. The second half continue to see the Jackets lead expand. It got all the way to 50-33 before the Cowboys started to comeback. Nate Lorenz did damage from the offensive glass and the free throw line. Andrew Johnson had done a good job guarding him defensively, but foul trouble mean the Jackets had to go to the bench to try to matchup with the all-conference forward. The lead got within two at 57-55, but the Jackets remained poised and managed to pull away to win 79-72. Sam Muer provided tremendous energy and led the way with a career high 30 points alongside a career high 10 points. Jaden Anderson added his career high (21) in points as did Jenson Beachy (16). Zach Tellinghuisen added 8 points off the bench while Christian Weis and Andrew Johnson each added 2 points. Coming into the game, the Jackets were averaging 45.6 points per game on offense. The win improves the season record to 2-2.

LakesAreaSports Story Perham Focus Story Stats Summary (PDF)

Four Factors

Shooting % Rebounding Turnovers Free Throws
Perham (26/48)
54%
16

7

(6/9)
91%
Breckenridge (25/44)
59%
25

14

Breckenridge (14/24)
58%

Sickness to multiple kids meant a lot of shuffling was necessary for the JV and C-Team. 3 players normally on the C-Team played up a level while 3 8th-graders were needed to help the C-team. A midst all of the shuffling, both teams suffered from a little lack of offensive cohesion. The Jackets trailed 38-16 heading into halftime. They managed to get the game within 8 points late. “It was a great second half effort but we came up short,” said coach Brian Schwantz. Freshman Carson Speicher led the Jackets with 16 points. Noah Christenson added 3 3-pointers on his way to 13 pts. Colton Hammans (8 pts), Andy Hanson (7 pts), Aaron Solberg (4 pts), Ben Winkels (3 pts), and Logan Richter (2 pts) rounded out the scoring for the Jackets. The Jackets are 2-2 after the loss.

The C-Team was missing 4 starters due to sickness and shuffled rosters, but managed to hold things together early. 4 3-pointers from 8th graders Carter Cresap (3) and Caleb King (1) provided a majority of the offense as they went into half with a 14-12 advantage. The size and strength of the Cowboys eventually wore on the Jackets who were a little careless with the ball at times in the second half. Seth Johnson (11 pts) and Josh Jeziorski (6 pts) provided the offense in the second half, but it was too little as they lost 39-35. Also scoring for the Jackets was Tanner Knutson (4) and Dalton Honer (2). The loss brings their record to 4-2 on the season.

Sam Muer

Jacket Player of the Game

Sam played one of the finest games of his career scoring 30 points on 9-for-14 shooting while going 12-for-14 from the free throw line. He also added 10 assists for his third career double-double.

Sam MuerSenior

The upcoming schedule does no favor for the Jackets as their next two games see them face undefeated opponents starting with the #6A ranked Battle Lake Battlers on Friday. Note: There will be no C-team game on Friday. JV kicks off the action at 6:00 PM followed by varsity at 7:30 PM.

Breck 71, Perham 42

“We need to get better at all aspects of the game to be competitive in Section 8AA and the HOL conference”
Head Coach Dave Cresap

The season didn’t start out exactly as was hoped for the Yellowjackets. With 3 players in the varsity rotation out either sick or injured, the youthful Yellowjackets started the season behind the 8-ball as the Breck Mustangs started the game on a 15-0 run in first four minutes. The Jackets struggled to contain the hot-shooting duo of Will Culliton (23) and Mo Lawal (19) who shot a combined 65% from the field leading a potent Mustang attack. The inexperienced Jackets looked somewhat timid on both sides of the ball at times, however 8 of the 9 players who played more than 5 minutes were playing their first meaningful varsity minutes.

The Jackets were led in scoring by Jaden Anderson (13). Sam Muer had 8 followed by Jenson Beachy with 6 and Alec Meyer with 4.

Stats Summary (PDF)

Four Factors

Shooting % Rebounding Turnovers Free Throws
Perham (15/41)
37%
17

12

(6/9)
67%
Breck (27/48)
56%
25

9

(8/10)
80%

The JV lost 56-46 to Roseville. It was a game of mini runs. A few missed key block outs hurt the Jackets as Roseville was able to capitalize on second chance opportunities and they hit some free throws to extend the lead towards the end of the game. “I was pleased with the effort,” commented JV coach Brian Schwantz, but we’ve got to get better at rebounding.”

The Jackets were led in scoring by 8th grader Jenson Beachy with 20 points followed by Aaron Solberg who had 7 playing one half. Alec Meyer (6), Dart Montella (6), and Noah Christenson (5) also scored for the Jackets.

The C-Team managed to open their season with a big winner over the Elk River 9th graders. The Jackets opened up a 7 point lead going into halftime and built it to double digits late in the second half. Some costly turnovers helped bring Elk River back within 6 but Dawson Honer hit a pair of free throws to seal their first victory of the year. As a team, the Jackets went 12-for-16 from the free throw line (75%). Logan Richter led the way with 18 points followed by Martin LaFond with 16. Carson Speicher added 8 points and Kyle Hanson had 6 points all in the second half. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but overall I was very pleased with the energy, effort, and overall team togetherness to start the season,” said coach Brent Hanson.

Martin Lafond

Jacket Player of the Game

Martin scored 16 points hitting 3 3-pointers, went 3-for-4 from the free throw line, and had many key steals and blocks in helping the Jackets C-Team to a victory over Elk River.

Martin LafondC-Team

The Jackets open up the HOL conference schedule as they travel to Pelican Rapids for the next game on Friday. JV and C-team start off the action at 6 pm followed by Varsity at 7:30.