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SHS bounces back

Superior High School’s Xavier Patterson (11) runs over Bemidji’s Jace Peterson (00) in the second half of the Spartans’ win over the Lumberjacks Friday night in the SHS gym. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) 1 / 8
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The Superior High School boys basketball team split a pair of games last week, losing 68-52 Thursday at Duluth Denfeld and winning 67-61 Friday at home over Bemidji.

Mason Ackley scored 21 points Friday night for the Spartans, who trailed Bemidji 32-26 at halftime.

Xavier Patterson was next with 14 points and Kaleb Zentkowski added nine.

Another key to Superior’s win was 21-of-30 shooting from the free-throw line.

Linaes Whiting led Bemidji with 24 points, which included five 3-pointers.

Ben Rhodes made four 3-pointers on his way to scoring a team-high 16 points Thursday at Denfeld. Patterson added 11 points and Ackley had 10.

Ben Gibson and Jaden Burse led Denfeld with 17 and 16 points, respectively.

The Spartans, who lost to Duluth East Monday night, host Grand Rapids at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

Bemidji 32 29 61

Superior 26 41 67

Bemidji — Jace Peterson 7, Jacob Beberg 2, Ryan Bieberdorf 7, Linaes Whiting 24, Cobb Hubbard 8, Spencer Konecne 13. Totals 22 9-16 61.

3-point goals — Bieberdorf, Whiting 5, Hubbard 2.

Superior — Mason Ackley 21, Xavier Patterson 14, Kaleb Zentkowski 9, Ben Rhodes 6, Cam Borgh 7, Corey Sanders 8, Beau Severson 2. Totals 20 21-30 67.

3-point goals — Ackley, Patterson, Zentkowski 2, Rhodes 2.

Thursday’s Game

Superior 29 23 52

Duluth Denfeld 28 40 68

Superior — Mason Ackley 10, Xavier Patterson 11, Kaleb Zentkowski 5, Ben Rhodes 16, Cam Borgh 4, Corey Sanders 6. Totals 18 11-16 52.

3-point goals — Zentkowski, Rhodes 4.

Duluth Denfeld — Josh Reinertsen 4, Antonio Mack 5, Jaden Burse 16, Joe Cvancara 6, Ben Gibson 17, Donny Northcutt 10, Chance Larson 5, Yunus Hunter 5. Totals 22 19-29 68.

3-point goals — Mack, Burse 3, Hunter.

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