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Robert Williams III / Forum News Service, Published January 25 2013

Hein, Yellowjackets secure HOL victory

PERHAM, Minn. – Jordan Hein scored a game-high 14 points and the Perham Yellowjackets dictated play in a 53-40 victory over Minnesota Class 2A No. 6-ranked Pelican Rapids on Friday night in Heart O’ Lakes boys basketball.

The final score was identical to the previous game between the two clubs, which was won by Pelican Rapids.

“As a team, we had to get payback,” Hein said. “They kind of took it to us at Pelican. We weren’t really ready and I think we took it and hit ’em in the mouth tonight.”

Perham managed to keep Vikings stars Tucker Forsgren and Ryan Bruggeman in foul trouble, limiting the duo’s effectiveness on the court.

“It was a great turnaround, and the thing about it I liked was the last game was 53-40, but it was slow and methodical,” Perham (12-4) head coach Dave Cresap said. “We were up-tempo, and even though the score was lowered, we really controlled. I thought we took care of their pressure, and the biggest thing was we shared the ball. We gave the ball to the open guy.”

Perham found open looks under the basket by passing the ball over the Vikings’ defense in the offensive end. Pelican Rapids’ zone stymied Perham in their first meeting.

“They zoned us the whole first game,” Cresap said. “They knew we’d be ready and more prepared this time.”

Hein was 7-for-9 from the field, scoring most of his buckets in the paint.

“They took stuff away, and we just had to make plays,” Hein said. “We passed the ball well, and that’s the thing about this team. Anyone can score at any time.”

Hunter Salathe added 12 points for Perham, with 10 in the second half.

Bruggeman and Forsgren each tallied 11 for the Vikings (11-4).

Home-court advantage continues to be a factor in each of the matchups involving Perham, Pelican Rapids and Class 2A No. 4-ranked Hawley. The home team has won each of the four games the teams have played against each other.

“The big three – Hawley, Pelican and us – we’re all pretty tough to beat at home,” Hein said. “The crowd was awesome. They kept us in the game.”

After three lead changes early in the game, Perham busted out to a 23-16 lead at the half, led by 10 first-half points from Hein. Forsgren sat out the waning minutes with two fouls, and Perham took advantage of his absence.

Perham’s Josh Nordick left the game in the first half after taking an elbow on a Forsgren charging foul. According to Cresap, he sustained a concussion and did not return.

Half: P 23, PR 16

PR: Bruggeman 11, Forsgren 11, Gorton 10, Sillerud 4, Hensch 2, Haugen 2.

P: Hein 14, Salathe 12, Beachy 9, Glines 7, Anderson 5, Bahls 2, Nordick 2, Muer 2.

Williams writes for the East Otter Tail Focus