Yes! Otters rally past ‘Jackets [UPDATED]Published 9:10am Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Updated 11:27am Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Entering the half down 14 points, the Fergus Falls boys basketball team didn’t hang its head as it came out firing in the second half of Tuesday’s game against the Perham Yellowjackets as it rallied to win a 64-61 shootout.
Perham was able to build a substantial lead in the first half as Tyler Glines contributed 13 first half points.
At the break, Fergus assistant coach Jeff Moon suggested an offensive switch to a high-low attack and a few adjustments on defense saw the Otters mount an impressive comeback late in the game.
Drew Pearson provided the initial surge with two consecutive treys, while Perham slowed down its offense and looked for better looks.
With two minutes left to play, the Otters would go on a 13-0 run starting with back-to-back three-point shots by Jaden Banks.
The Otters would get within two and after a steal by Isaiah Lemke that led to a shooting foul, Lemke was able to cut the lead to one after his first free throw. Lemke would miss the second and Perham would get the rebound, but Banks would swipe the ball away which led to a bounce pass to Austin Rund for an easy bucket, giving the Otters its first lead of the game with under a minute to play.
Another turnover for Perham led to Banks getting fouled on a shot. The Otter would put his team up by three after making both of his free throw attempts.
Perham was forced to call a timeout on the inbound play and nearly struggled afterwards to get the ball in. Fergus would intentionally foul Perham, sending them to the charity stripe. The ‘Jackets would miss the opportunity and Rund would pull down the rebound to secure the game.
“We made some small defensive adjustments that prevented the quick and easy scoring opportunities they had in the first half,” Otters coach Dave Rund said. “We were able to force the ‘Jackets to slow things down and make extra passes.”
Rund led the scoring attack with 29 points and finished with a double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds. Pearson (11) and Banks (10) would also finish the night in double figures.
Glines and Hunter Salathe each had 15 points for the ‘Jackets, while teammate Nick Bahls was also in double figures with 13 points.
The Fergus JV suffered a crushing loss to Perham with a 49-43 in overtime. Donovan Wood led the Otter JV with 19 points. In the 9th grade game, Fergus moved to 20-0 on the season with a 51-37 win. Elijiah Colbeck and Nathan Rund led the team with 11 points each, while teammate Gabe Enderle recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Otters will prepare to take on the Central Lakes Conference leading St. Cloud Tech Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
“We have to ride the momentum of this game and go in there fearless,” Rund said of the match-up. “They are a very seasoned team and we need to play loose.”
PERHAM (61) — Tyler Glines 15, Hunter Salathe 15, Nick Bahls 13, Sam Muer 8, Eli Beachy 4, Sam Willenbring 4, Jamie Heitala 2. FG – 19/28 3’s – 4/13 FT – 11/17
FERGUS FALLS (64) — Austin Rund 29, Drew Pearson 11, Jaden Banks 10, Jake Western 4, Noah Strom 3, Isaiah Lemke 3, Joel King 3, Matthew Monke 1. FG – 12/20 3’s – 8/23 FT – 16/21
PER 31 30 — 61
FF 17 47 — 64