Pelican Rapids, Perham clash in 8AA semis [UPDATED]Published 10:24am Monday, March 12, 2012 Updated 12:26pm Monday, March 12, 2012
The tourney game that everyone hoped for, between the Pelican Rapids Vikings and Perham Yellowjackets in Section 8AA, will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. This will be the section boys basketball semifinals.
Pelican Rapids advanced with a 75-47 win over the Breckenridge Cowboys Saturday evening at Concordia College in Moorhead. Perham advanced after defeating Hawley 55-38.
The Yellowjacket boys, defending state champions, defeated Hawley in the second game of Section 8AA action Saturday at Concordia.
“A Pelican-Perham matchup in section play is what players and fans both wanted,” said Pelican Rapids coach Brad Strand. “This will be a great atmosphere for basketball Tuesday evening.”
Pelican Rapids sophomore guard Ryan Bruggeman led his team with 22 points Saturday. His brother, senior guard Casey Bruggeman, was one point behind at 21 points. Ryan had 14 points in the first half and Casey had 19 of his points before intermission.
Perham was led by senior guard Jordan Bruhn, who scored 18 points against Hawley on Saturday. Senior center Mark Schumacher chipped in 15 points for the Yellowjackets.
Contributing eight points each for Perham were senior guard Jordan Cresap and junior guard Jacob Anderson.
Perham coach Dave Cresap saw his team take a slim four-point lead at halftime against Hawley, at 22-18. The Yellowjackets were able to outscore Hawley in the second half, by 33-20.
The two teams were even with rebounding, at 21 each. The difference in the game was in shooting percentage. Perham was 21 of 37, for 57 percent from the field. Hawley connected on 11 of 37 shots, for 29 percent.
The winner of the Pelican Rapids-Perham game will play in the section finals at 7 p.m. Friday at Bemidji State University. Crosby-Ironton will play Bagley in the other semi-final game, with the winner moving on to Friday’s section finals.