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.

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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.

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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.

Perham 81, Worthington 52

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After last season’s OT loss in the championship game, the Jackets scored early and often defeating the Worthington Trojans 81-52. Senior Hunter Salathe led the Jackets scoring punch with a career high 33 points, 12 points, and 5 rebounds. Sam Muer added 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists while Eli Beachy was in double figures with 12, as well, along with 6 assists and 5 steals. Tyler Glines had 7 points as did Chris Kenntemich. Nick Bahls added 5, and Trey Moberg added 3 to round out the scoring. The Jackets advance to the championship game where they will face a very tough AAA team in Mankato West. The Scarlets are 6-2 on the season after defeating Sibley East 79-56.

In JV action, Zach Tellinghuisen led the offense to a high scoring first half scoring 12 of his 13 before halftime. Backcourt duo Christian Weis (15) and Jaden Anderson (11) we’re also in double digits. Chris Kenntemich added 8 in only one half of play. Andy Hanson had 6 on 2 threes while Andrew Johnson, Nic Winkels, Nathan Coleman, and Matthew Siira each added a basket as the Jackets stormed to victory 65-38 over the hosts from Worthington.

The JV championship game is at 2:30 while the varsity plays at 6:30.

Worthington Daily Globe story