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Published December 08 2010

Boys basketball: Rude, Lumberjacks topple Bruins

The Bemidji boys basketball team has several offensive options this season.

Tuesday night was Ryan Rude’s turn to step into the spotlight.

Rude scored 29 points to lead the Lumberjacks to a 78-66 non-conference boys basketball victory against Fargo South at South High School.

“We have a lot of speed and athleticism on the perimeter,” said Rude, whose team spoiled South’s season opener. “We play an up-tempo offense and we just tried to go with that tonight. We wanted to play fast, and use our athleticism to score us points and stop them on defense.”

The Bruins (0-1) had no answer for the quickness and skill of guards Rude and Carey Woods throughout the game.

Rude nailed 6 of 10 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, to lead all scorers with 17 points in the first half.

The 6-foot senior used just about everything in his arsenal to frustrate South.

He drove the lane. He hit jumpers. He drilled foul shots.

“Rude and Woods was the key to our game coming in,” South coach Mike Hendrickson said. “We got into foul trouble and had to start running different people in the game and making things happen. You couldn’t just guard them on the 3-point line, they were going to shoot layups and that type of thing.”

The Lumberjacks’ ability to get to the line as a team played a big part in a 47-33 halftime lead.

Bemidji hit 17 of 23 foul shots in the first half.

The Bruins made it to the line just 11 times in the same span due to a focus on getting the ball to the perimeter.

Andrew Okland and Todd Nicklaus sparked South with nine points each in the first half.

Bemidji (2-0), which was led by Woods’ 32 point performance in a season-opening win against East Grand Forks last Friday, continued to get to the line in the second half.

The Lumberjacks connected on 27 of 42 foul shots in the game.

Woods finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Rude added five rebounds and seven steals.

Okland led South with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Afer a slow start, Okland found his groove and formed a steady alliance in the paint with Nicklaus.

Nicklaus had 15 points. Taylor Parker hit 4 of 13 3-point attempts to finish with 14 points.

“It took Okland awhile to get rolling,” Hendrickson said. “But he’s such a good athlete that we want to get him the ball more. He stepped up. And we need more of that out of him, too.”

BEMIDJI: Hengel 0 2-2 2, Rude 11 4-9 29, Kroening 0 3-4 3, Rutledge 3 4-9 10, Brown 5 1-1 11, Supalla 0 0-0 0, Woods 4 9-12 17, Cervenka 0 0-0 0, Vonasek 1 0-0 2, Richardson 1 4-5 6, Declisin 0 0-0 0, Sullivan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 27-42 78.

SOUTH: Charles 1 0-0 3, Parker 4 2-4 14, Poss 1 4-5 6, Horner 2 0-1 5, Green 0 0-0 0, Kellen 0 0-0 0, Schalow0 0-0 0, Ernst 0 0-0 0, Okland 10 3-7 23, Nicklaus 6 2-2 15, May 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 11-19 66.

Halftime: B 47, FS 33. 3-pointers: Rude 3, Parker 4, Horner, Nicklaus. Total fouls: B 20, FS 27. Fouled out: Poss, Ernst. Rebounds: B 41 (Woods 13), FS 27 (Okland 11). Assists: B 10 (Hengel 3), FS 20 (Horner, Schalow 3). Steals: B 16 (Rude 7), FS 10 (Parker 4). Turnovers: B 19, FS 20.

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