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Robert Williams / Forum News Service, Published March 20 2013

Perham drops Minnesota Class 2A state basketball quarterfinal

MINNEAPOLIS – Top-seeded Minnehaha Academy (24-6) was the benefactor of poor shooting by Perham and advanced to the Minnesota Class 2A state boys basketball tournament semifinals with a 53-41 victory over the Yellowjackets on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

Perham ends its season with a record of 23-8.

“If we make layups, we’re ahead,” Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said. “We missed nine or 10 layups at the rim.”

Perham was snake-bitten early, and the basketball would not go down until Jordan Hein sank a 3-pointer nearly seven minutes into the game. Perham trailed 9-3.

Minnehaha Academy led by as many as a dozen points in the first half and looked in control until Perham’s Tyler Glines lit up for 10 first-half points and cut a 20-8 disadvantage with five minutes left in the first half to 27-24 at halftime.

The Yellowjackets closed to within 30-28 with 14 minutes, 8 seconds to play on a basket by Eli Beachy. Beachy closed the gap again to two 34-32 on a turnover by John Pryor.

Minnehaha outscored Perham 19-9 down the stretch.

The Redhawks used balanced scoring from seven shooters, led by Jesse Johnson’s 13. Johnson was the only Redhawks players in double figures.

Jordan Hein scored nine for Perham, and Eli Beachy added seven. Perham shot 14-43 (32.6 percent).

Both teams shot 34 percent in the first half. Minnehaha Academy picked up its game late, making 19 of 44 field goals (43.2 percent).

Half: MA 27, P 24

MA: Johnson 13, Carter 9, Gedion 8, Hazzard 7, Pryor 7, Taddonio 6, Davis 3.

P: Glines 15, Hein 9, Beachy 7, Salathe 5, Bahls 3, Nordick 2.

Williams is the sports editor for the East Otter Tail Focus