Chase scores 39 as Tigers top Panthers
Taylor Chase just missed matching his career high in leading the Nevis boys basketball team to the championship game of the 11th annual Park Rapids Holiday Tournament last Tuesday night.
Chase, who broke the Tigers' single-game scoring record with 42 points against Pillager on Dec. 22, scored 39 points in leading Nevis to a 63-52 win over Park Rapids at the Area High School gym.
The host Panthers never trailed in the first half as both teams battled to a 27-27 tie at the intermission.
A jump shot by Kyle Goplerud, a 3-pointer by Tyler Ridlon and a jumper by Andy Waller gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 15:05 to play in the first half.
A basket off a rebound by Waller was followed by a jumper and layup off a steal by Chris Goplerud as the Panthers led 14-6 at the 10:37 mark. Chase hit two free throws at the 13:47 mark, Robbie Hine hit a jumper at the 11:46 mark and Chase hit two more free throws at the 11:13 mark for Nevis.
A 3-pointer by Chase, two free throws by Bryon Schuldt, a jumper by Chase and a 3-pointer by Gerald Beckerleg sparked a 10-2 run as the Tigers tied the game at 16-16 with 6:23 to play in the first half. Scott Wolff hit a jumper for Park Rapids' only points during that stretch.
A jumper by Ridlon and a basket off a rebound by Wolff gave the Panthers a 20-16 lead at the 5:39 mark.
Following a layup by Chase, Tyler McCollum's layup kept the Panthers in front 22-18 with 4:11 to play before a layup and 3-pointer by Chase helped Nevis tie the game at 23-23 with 3:13 remaining.
A jumper by McCollum and a basket off a rebound by Ridlon were offset by two free throws by Chase and a jumper at the buzzer by Hine to force a 27-27 tie at the break.
The Tigers took their first lead of the game on a free throw by Beckerleg and a jumper by Chase. Two 3-pointers by Chase gave the Tigers a 37-31 lead with 14:44 to play. A layup by Kyle Goplerud and a jumper by Ridlon accounted for Park Rapids' only points as Nevis opened the second half with a 10-4 run.
Back-to-back layups by Ryan Peterson and Kyle Goplerud, a basket off a rebound by McCollum, a layup by Peterson and a jumper by Wolff sparked a 10-3 run as the Panthers claimed a 41-40 lead with 9:24 to play. Chase's 3-pointer at the 11:59 mark was the Tigers' only points during that span.
Nevis relied on five Park Rapids fouls to spark an 11-0 run. Chase hit five free throws and joined Jake Keranen with an inside basket as the Tigers led 51-41 with 5:22 to play.
Two free throws by Chris Goplerud ended that run, but two free throws by Keranen and a layup off a feed from Chase gave Nevis a 55-43 cushion with 3:30 remaining.
A layup by Chris Goplerud was offset by Chase's basket off a rebound as the Tigers led 57-45 with 1:47 showing.
Nevis sealed the win on two free throws by Hine, two free throws by Chase and a layup by Schuldt. Chris Goplerud had two baskets off rebounds and McCollum scored on a layup for the Panthers in the final 45 seconds.
Chris Goplerud scored 13 points to lead the Panthers. Ridlon (9) and McCollum (8) combined for 17 more points while McCollum led the way with seven rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots.
No other Nevis player scored in double figures.
NEVIS: Hine 2 4-6 8, Beckerleg 1 1-2 4, Schuldt 2 2-2 6, Chase 11 12-15 39, Keranen 1 4-4 6, Gustafson 0 0-1 0. Totals: 17 (FG), 23 for 30 (FT).
PARK RAPIDS: Ridlon 4 0-0 9, K. Goplerud 3 0-0 6, Peterson 2 0-0 4, C. Goplerud 5 3-4 13, Waller 2 2-4 6, Otterness 0 0-0 0, Long 0 0-0 0, Crist 0 0-0 0, McCollum 4 0-0 8, Wolff 3 0-0 6. Totals: 23 for 55 (FG), 5 for 8 (FT).
Halftime: Park Rapids 27, Nevis 27. Three-point field goals: Beckerleg 1, Chase 5, Ridlon 1. Team fouls: Nevis 6, Park Rapids 20. Fouled out: K. Goplerud, Peterson. Rebounds: Park Rapids 26 (McCollum 7, K. Goplerud 4, C. Goplerud 4, Waller 3, Wolff 3, Ridlon 2, Peterson 2, Long 1). Assists: Park Rapids 9 (Waller 3, Otterness 1, Ridlon 1, K. Goplerud 1, Peterson 1, C. Goplerud 1, McCollum 1). Steals: Park Rapids 11 (McCollum 4, C. Goplerud 3, Otterness 1, Crist 1, K. Goplerud 1, Peterson 1) Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (C. Goplerud 1, Wolff 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 16.
Tigers fall in title game
Heritage Christian Academy used an 11-0 run to open the second half to take the lead for good en route to a 62-49 win over Nevis in last Wednesday night's championship game.
Hine, who hit four 3-pointers in the first half, led the Tigers with 16 points while Chase (15) and Keranen (11) also scored in double figures. Keranen had nine rebounds, Hine and Beckerleg grabbed four rebounds each, and Beckerleg and Keranen had five assists apiece for Nevis, which led 27-22 at the half.
Heritage Christian Academy improved to 6-2 with the win.
"We played the best first half of the season against a very balanced Heritage Academy team. We played excellent defense and were patient with the ball and took really good shots," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. "The difference in the game was depth. We basically ran out of gas in the second half after playing back-to-back nights. We were not very sharp and HCA started the second half on an 11-0 run and never looked back. I was pleased with a lot of things that we did, but we still need to improve in the consistency department. We proved that we can play some quality basketball over the course of the two-day tournament and hopefully we can build off of that with our upcoming games."