Patriots finish regular season 16-10 overall
The Pequot Lakes boys' basketball team finished the regular season 16-10 overall after splitting a pair of games last week - defeating Pine River-Backus 78-55 on Tuesday, Feb. 27, and losing to Perham on Friday, March 2.
Pequot Lakes was seeded No. 2 in the first subsection and was scheduled to open the Section 7-2A playoffs against No. 7 Aitkin on Tuesday, March 6. That winner advances to play at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Romano Gymnasium at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Patriot 78, Tigers 55
On Tuesday, Feb. 27, a total of 12 players scored for Pequot Lakes in a non-conference win over visiting Pine River-Backus.
The Tigers grabbed a quick 5-0 lead on a 3-point basket and layup by Brady Raph. But the hosts rallied for the lead on a 3-point play by Sjoblad and a 3-pointer by Owen Seidl. Pequot Lakes eventually assumed a 42-19 halftime lead, and maintained the advantage as both teams scored 36 points in the second half.
One big difference was on the boards as the Patriots enjoyed a 44-24 rebound edge. Pequot Lakes also enjoyed a 12-5 edge in steals.
"Pequot Lakes just physically wore us down," PR-B coach John Riewer said. "They have a lot more depth than we have. I liked our effort, but we didn't keep up with their depth."
Zach Sjoblad and Zach Senst led the Patriots with 16 points each. Raph scored a game-high 25 points and Nick Ackerman followed with 12 for the Tigers.
Pequot Lakes 42 36—78
Pine River-Backus 19 36—55
Chris Krecklau 3, Brady Raph 25, Torry Hirschey 7, Kyosuke Marcum 2, Nick Ackerman 12, Louis Bueckers 2, Nathaniel Wosmek 4. FT 11-21 (52 percent).
Austin Young 2, Chase Larson 9, Dylin Ackerman 6, Sean Ryan 4, Sam Scheuss 5, Jordan Schommer 1, Owen Seidl 6, Zach Sjoblad 16, Tyler Manley 6, Zach Senst 16, Carter Embree 3, Bode Magnuson 4. FT 10-19 (52 percent).
Perham 59, Patriots 54
On Friday, March 2, Chase Larson's 18 points led Pequot Lakes in a 59-54 loss to the visiting Yellowjackets in a non-conference game. Perham, 26-0 overall and ranked third in Class 2A, did fall behind early against the Patriots.
The hosts assumed a 16-1 lead after a pair of free throws by Sean Ryan with 8:50 remaining in the opening half. But the sleeping giant was awakened and the Yellowjackets went on a run to eventually tie it 19-19 with 3:02 left in the opening half. Perham did take a 22-20 lead into intermission when Jenson Beachy nailed a 3-point shot just before the buzzer.
The Patriots grabbed a 23-22 lead early in the second half when Seidl made a 3-pointer, but the Yellowjackets came back to take a 36-26 lead. Pequot Lakes cut the deficit to 47-43 after a two layups by Sjoblad. But the visitors stretched the advantage to 57-44 in the closing minutes. With time running out, the Patriots' Larson drilled a long 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 58-54 before Perham added the game's final point on a free throw just before the buzzer.
"(Perham) hit too many 3-pointers," said Pequot Lakes coach Rich Spiczka. "We did get off to a good start before they hit all those threes. We did play well and our guys left it all out on the court."
Larson finished with 18 points while Sjoblad added 16.
Perham 22 37 — 59
Pequot Lakes 20 34 — 54
Finn Diggins 2, Jenson Beachy 16, Martin Lafond 13, Josh Jeziorski 13, Carter Cresap 12, Logan Richter 3. FT 13-21 (62 percent).
Austin Young 3, Chase Larson 18, Dylin Ackerman 3, Sean Ryan 5, Owen Seidl 9, Zach Sjoblad 16. FT 9-15 (60 percent).