Isaac Severts added to the festivities of Bemidji boys basketball’s Senior Night by surpassing 1,000 career varsity points in the second half of a runaway 82-28 win for the Lumberjacks against visiting Hibbing on Thursday at the Bemidji High School Fieldhouse.
The Lumberjacks got off to a slow start due in large part to problems with turnovers, as the winless Bluejackets edged out to a 4-0 lead in the first two minutes. But after Ethan Biehn hit a pair of jumpers to give the Jacks the lead, Severts got himself on the board for the first time with a trademark jam off Dawson Lish’s pass.
Leading 11-8 after five minutes of play, the Lumberjacks cleaned up their early giveaways and embarked on a 32-3 stretch for the remainder of the half that was fueled by constant steals on defense turning into transition offense. Jaxon Boschee arrived off the bench to provide a spark with three first-half three pointers that added to the run.
The Jacks’ ball movement continued to open up good looks in the half court, with Severts finding Matthew Matheney for a backdoor layup along the baseline.
The game took a bizarre turn later in the first half after a free-throw substitution by the Lumberjacks mistakenly left them a player short. Hibbing’s ensuing missed free throw left Dan Clusiau waiting at the scorer’s table to return to the game, but the Jacks still got a steal from Quinten Yeung that turned into a slam by Severts to end the strange sequence of play.
Lish threw down his first-ever in-game dunk later in the half after a steal by Biehn, who subsequently converted a layup after another theft at mid-court. Severts punctuated the massive 43-11 halftime advantage with a late bucket that put him just nine points away from hitting the milestone.
The senior forward returned to the floor with a flurry to begin the second half, pouring in a three-pointer in front of his bench before finishing inside to reach 998.
Another opportunity in the post for Severts shortly thereafter rolled off the rim, but Matheney cleaned up the miss to quickly find Severts for a putback off the glass that confirmed his status as the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 points.
If you missed it from earlier tonight, here was the moment @BemidjiBoysBall's Isaac Severts surpassed the 1,000 point career milestone. He's just the 8th player in Bemidji boys basketball history to eclipse the 1,000 point milestone. Congrats, @SevertsIsaac, well deserved honor! pic.twitter.com/NBbFothjHm
— Chaz Mootz (@ChazMootzTV) January 20, 2023
From there, the night became a continued celebration from the Jacks, who turned over Hibbing over 30 times and created opportunities for a multitude of players to score. Adrian Howard-Dunn ensured that all eight seniors posted a bucket in the game by knocking down a three from the wing.
Yeung added his own high-flying moment by slamming down on the break from a Matheney steal.
Multiple players with less varsity experience had the opportunity to see the floor late for the Lumberjacks, which led to Dawson Oelrich’s first two varsity buckets and one for Jeron Huesby in transition as well.
Severts posted 23 points to lead all in scoring, with Biehn and Boschee also in double figures with 13 and 10 respectively.
Bemidji (8-6) will next travel to St. Cloud Tech on Tuesday.
Postgame interview with Bemidji head coach Steve Thompson:
Postgame interview with Bemidji senior Isaac Severts: