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Robert Williams / Forum News Service, Published January 24 2014

Perham grabs victory from Pelican Rapids

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – Perham and Pelican Rapids duked it out for the first 18 minutes of play, which five ties and eight lead changes, the final being a huge momentum push for the Yellowjackets, as Perham defeated the Vikings 64-57 in Heart O’ Lakes Conference boys basketball Friday.

Nick Bahls drained his fourth 3-pointer of the first half with four seconds remaining to give Perham a 32-31 lead going into the break, but more importantly, the edge in momentum.

“Tyler (Glines) delivered a great pass and I was feeling good in the first half,” said Bahls. “That did help with momentum, a lot.”

Bahls was 4-7 from behind the arc. As a team, Perham was 6-for-13 from long range.

Perham avenged a one-point loss at home to the Vikings earlier this season.

Hunter Salathe took over in the second half, getting 3-point attempts the hard way by getting to the line after making a bucket on four of Perham’s first six offensive trips after halftime.

Salathe was 7 of 12, doing much of his work deep in the paint.

Tyler Glines joined Salathe and Bahls in double figures. Glines led Perham with 18 points, 10 in the second half. Salathe scored 17 points. Bahls had 16.

Glines was 4 of 6 from the field and had five assists and two blocks.

“That was a fun game,” said Bahls. “They’re a big rival for us. That’s a good away win for us, to say the least.”

Ryan Bruggeman led Pelican Rapids with 21 points. He was held to seven in the first half. Bruggeman scored most of his points late in the game trying to rally Pelican Rapids from a 10-point deficit.

Perham led 53-43 with 3 minutes, 10 seconds remaining on a pair of Bahls free throws.

Half: P 32, PR 31

P: Glines 18, Salathe 17, Bahls 16, Beachy 8, Muer 5.

PL: Bruggeman 21, Gorton 13, Sillerud 10, Haugen 9, Mackner 4.

Williams is the sports editor for the Perham Focus