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Robert Williams / Forum News Service, Published February 14 2014

Perham tops D-G-F to keep conference title hopes alive

GLYNDON, Minn. – Despite a slow start, Perham continually built momentum en route to a 61-45 Heart O’ Lakes Conference boys basketball victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday night.

The victory assures Perham a shot at a share of the conference title with one conference game remaining at Barnesville next week.

Perham struggled to find the shooting touch early, missing seven of its first eight shots. That allowed the Rebels to lead nearly the entire first half by as many as eight points.

Tyler Glines drained a 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the half to give Perham its first lead at 21-18. Perham held the three-point advantage to a 27-24 buffer at the break.

The Rebels came out cold after halftime and Perham got on an 11-0 run to take control of the game. A Beachy 3-pointer four minutes in capped the run and pushed the lead to 13 points.

“We’ve changed our mindset these past couple games,” Beachy said. “We’ve made some defensive goals. We’re starting to take it personal when people score on us. Trying to take it back to old Jacket ‘D.’”

Perham held a double-digit lead to the three-minute mark when Rebels guard Zack Nelson hit a three to cut the deficit to 52-43 at 2:59.

The Yellowjackets defense clamped down, allowing only one more Rebels basket in the final stretch while sealing the game from the free-throw line.

“Anything to get a win,” Beachy said. “Every game is tough in this section and conference. We’ve just got to take it play by play and game by game and do anything for the win and grit it all out.”

H: P 27, DGF 24

P: Beachy 14, Glines 14, Salathe 12, Muer 8, Bahls 8, Kenntemich 3, Johnson 2.

DGF: Nelson 15, Bjerke 13, Tahran 6, Matthews 5, Tollefson 4, Payne 1, Schumann 1.

Williams writes for the Perham Focus