A tough night battling for rebounds and defending the three-point line left Bemidji well short in a 76-55 defeat to Sartell-St. Stephen in the boys basketball season opener Tuesday evening at the Bemidji High School Fieldhouse.
Using a strong presence grabbing rebounds inside and an excellent start shooting from outside, the Sabres jumped to an 11-point lead early in the first half and never relinquished the advantage the rest of the way. The lead grew to 44-26 at halftime before staying in double digits the entirety of the second half.
Gavin Luksik–Bemidji’s lone returning starter from last season–started the new year strong with a 21-point, 10-rebound performance. The junior forward showcased his interior scoring through contact, alongside an ability to run the floor.
Luksik also showcased some passing ability with setups for both James LaValley and Sam Wilson in transition.
Despite only posting six points, sophomore Isaac Severts displayed his excellent athleticism on separate buckets inside–including a two-handed dunk on a run-out in the second half.
In addition to Luksik, James Williams broke into double figures with 10 points after a strong second half.
The Lumberjacks are 0-1 and will travel to St. Cloud Tech on Friday for a 7:15pm game. Pregame will be at 7 on KBUN-FM 104.5 and KBUN1 at kbunsportsradio.com.