Frazee to host Hawley, DGF this week
By Chad Koenen
After dropping three games to open the season, the Frazee boys basketball team got in the win column last week as the Hornets defeated Lake Park-Audubon in non-conference action. Frazee shot nearly 50 percent from the field as the Hornets defeated the Raiders by a score of 73-51 on Tuesday.
On Thursday the Hornets came just 12 points short of upending Perham in HOL action as they fell to the Yellowjackets by a score of 68-56 to fall to 1-4 on the season and 0-3 in the HOL.
This week the Hornets will host Hawley on Tuesday and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday in a pair of HOL games.
Frazee shot nearly 50 percent from the field and held Lake Park-Audubon to just 20 points in the first half, as the Hornets defeated the Raiders 73-51 for their first win of the season on Tuesday.
The Hornets took a 34-20 lead at halftime and never looked back as they hit six 3-pointers and shot an impressive 47.1 percent from the field. In fact, the Hornets were 26-51 from inside the 3-point line and held a big 29-6 advantage in transition points. They also dominated the Raiders in the paint as Frazee held a 50-28 advantage inside.
The Hornets defense was also impressive as they forced 22 Raider turnovers thanks to 14 steals.
Nine Hornets reached the scoring column with Jack Courneya and George Flynn leading the way with 16 points. Justin Courneya chipped in with 15 points, while Broden Fleisher also reached double figures with 11 points. Reid Eckert scored 6 points, while Nathan Johannsen scored 3, Jonny Parsons, 2, and Ian Cottrell rounded out the scoring with 1 point.
After falling behind early, the Frazee Hornets were able to use a strong second half to keep pace with the fourth ranked Perham Yellowjackets on Thursday night. Unfortunately, the Yellowjackets were able to do just enough down the stretch to keep the Hornets at bay as they came away with a tough 68-56 win over Frazee.
Both teams shot well from the field with Perham shooting 44.8 percent and Frazee 41.2 percent, while the Hornets’ stout defense kept them in the game throughout the night. Frazee forced 20 turnovers, which led the 24 points off of turnovers and 11 transition points. The Hornets also came away with 11 steals and blocked 5 Perham shots.
The big difference in the game came on second chance points, which Perham held a 21-8 advantage, and points in the paint where the Yellowjackets once again held a big 34-18 advantage.
Nonetheless, after falling behind 36-21 at halftime, the Hornets were able to outscore the Yellowjackets 35-32 in the second half and stay within striking distance throughout the final 18 minutes of action. Jack Courneya had a big night from the field as he hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 21 points. Fleisher scored 14 points, while Reid Eckert also hit double figures with 10 points of his own.
Justin Courneya scored 5 points, Flynn 4 and Johannsen rounded out the scoring with 2 points in the loss.