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Nevis' Jake Keranen (42) drove past Heritage Christian Academy's Cole Peterson for a layup during their semifinal game.

Heritage Christian Academy, Frazee defeat Nevis boys in tournament play

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Heritage Christian Academy used a 20-4 run in the first half while Frazee relied on a 12-3 run in the second half to defeat the Nevis boys basketball team at the Park Rapids Holiday Tournament.

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In the opening game, Heritage Christian used a 20-4 run to break open a 15-15 tie en route to an 85-52 victory on Dec. 27 while Frazee went on a 12-3 run to take the lead for good in a 67-60 win on Dec. 28 in the third-place game.

Heritage runs past Tigers

Heritage, which is rated No. 3 in the latest state Class A poll, relied on 3-point shooting to take control in the tournament opener.

A jumper by Taylor Chase, a layup by Jake Keranen, and a three-point play and jumper by Courtland Chase led Nevis to a 15-15 tie with 8:55 to play in the first half.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Zach Weld and 3-pointers by Alex Esuoso and Christian Pieper sparked a 20-4 run as the Eagles claimed a 35-19 lead with 2:47 remaining in the first half. Heritage carried a 39-21 lead into the break.

Three layups by Weld and a 3-pointer by Cole Peterson pushed Heritage's lead to 55-29. Jordan Dudley hit a 3-pointer while Gavin Becker and Courtland Chase hit jumpers for the Tigers during that stretch.

Becker hit a pair of baskets and made all seven free throws as the Tigers were outscored 30-23 in the final 12:11.

Weld finished with 21 points and Pieper added 17 points as the Eagles improved to 7-0.

Becker (14), Taylor Chase (13), Courtland Chase (10) and Keranen (10) all hit double figures for the Tigers.

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN: Pieper 8 0-0 17, Hamilton 4 0-0 8, Esuoso 3 0-2 7, Bland 2 2-2 6, Anderson 0 0-2 0, Kleinschmidt 5 4-5 14, Peterson 3 2-3 9, Stuckey 1 1-1 3, Weld 7 5-6 21. Totals: 33 (FG), 14 for 23 (FT).

NEVIS: C. Chase 3 4-5 10, Becker 3 8-9 14, Dudley 2 0-0 5, T. Chase 2 9-12 13, Keranen 3 4-4 10. Totals: 13 (FG), 25 for 30 (FT).

Halftime: Heritage Christian 39, Nevis 21. Three-point field goals: Pieper 1, Esuoso 1, Peterson 1, Weld 2, Dudley 1.

Balanced Hornets defeat Tigers

Four different players scored in double figures in leading Frazee past the Tigers in the third-place game.

Taylor Chase hit three jumpers and a 3-pointer, Becker hit three baskets, Courtland Chase and Keranen converted three-point plays, and Griffin Chase hit a 3-pointer as the Tigers trailed 28-25 at the half.

A 3-pointer by Cody Nordquist sparked a 9-4 run to open the second half as Frazee claimed a 37-29 lead.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Dudley and Courtland Chase and a layup by Becker gave the Tigers a 38-37 lead with 12:29 to play.

Cory Wokasch and Brady Bellefueille hit two baskets each to spark a 12-3 run as Frazee claimed a 49-41 advantage.

Baskets by Becker and Taylor Chase cut the gap to 51-48 with 6:10 to play, but Tyler Olson scored three baskets inside to give the Hornets a 61-51 edge.

Frazee sealed the win when Matt Tangen hit four free throws in the final 14 seconds. Keranen had a pair of layups and Griffin Chase hit a 3-pointer down the stretch for Nevis.

Olson (14), Wokasch (13), Bellefueille (11) and Tangen (10) scored in double figures for Frazee, which improved to 2-7.

Taylor Chase (15), Becker (13), Keranen (11), Courtland Chase (9) and Griffin Chase (9) led a balanced attack for the Tigers.

FRAZEE: Olson 6 2-2 14, Nelson 1 0-1 2, Nordquist 4 0-1 9, Tangen 3 4-5 10, Torma 4 0-2 8, Wokasch 5 3-4 13, Bellefueille 5 1-2 11. Totals: 28 (FG), 10 for 17 (FT).

NEVIS: G. Chase 3 0-0 9, C. Chase 3 2-5 9, Becker 5 3-5 13, Dudley 1 0-0 3, T. Chase 6 2-2 15, Keranen 4 3-7 11. Totals: 22 (FG), 10 for 19 (FT).

Halftime: Frazee 28, Nevis 25. Three-point field goals: Nordquist 1, G. Chase 3, C. Chase 1, Dudley 1, T. Chase 1.

Pillager defeats Tigers

Devin Strack scored 27 points to lead Pillager to a 78-64 win over the Tigers on Dec. 20.

Aaron Jacobson added 20 points and 11 rebounds while EJ Ziegler had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Huskies, who led 37-36 at the half.

Taylor Chase (21), Becker (19) and Keranen (15) scored in double figures to lead the Tigers.

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