Thursday, March 24, 2011

Perham Yellowjackets 57 Virginia Blue Devils 40

It was an incredibly emotional night for Perham, as ailing teammate Zach Gabbard was on hand to be introduced with his teammates two months after collapsing on the court in January. He has been hospitalized ever since and has undergone open heart surgery, but left his hospital room for the 1st time to cheer on his teammates.

And they give him and all of Perham's fans plenty to cheer about, especially in a nearly flawless 1st half. The Yellowjackets ran out to a 38-14 halftime lead, using their quickness to force the Virginia offense into a 6-of-23 (26 percent) shooting effort. Perham also forced 11 Blue Devils' turnovers, off of which they scored 15 points.

Jordan Cresap and Nick Tobkin combined for 24 1st half points on 8-of-13 shooting, including a blistering 6-of-10 from behind the arc. Jordan Bruhn was the point man on both ends of the court, however, creating havoc for Virginia and opportunities for his teammates with 4 assists.

Mark Schumacher opened the 2nd half with a bucket to make it 40-14. The lead remaining above 20 through the 7 minute mark, but Perham was on cruise control. Virginia outscored them the rest of the way, but the Yellowjackets were never threatened.

Cresap, Tobkin and center Sam Stratton finished with 19, 13 and 13 points, Bruhn with 6 points, 6 boards and 7 assists. Perham finished up with a 52 percent FG shooting percentage and assists on a remarkable 18 of 23 buckets. Their ball movement, movement without the ball and floor spacing was nothing less than superb.

Cavan Stackpool led Virginia with 12 points, while Mitchl (not a misprint) Buck added 9 with 8 boards. But that 26 FG shooting percentage in the 1st half was too much to overcome.

Trench Player: Bruhn for his defense (1st) and his assists and ball movement (2nd)

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