Tigers top Panthers in thriller
Jake Keranen hit a jumper after grabbing a rebound with 1.1 seconds remaining to give the Nevis boys basketball team a 63-62 win over Park Rapids Friday night at the Century School gym.
Each team had a seven-point lead during the game, which featured 10 ties. There was also four lead changes in the final 2:03, capped off by Keranen's game-winner.
"All you can say about this one is that you are happy to have the lead when the buzzer sounds," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. "It was a great win against a very athletic Park Rapids team."
Taylor Chase's 3-pointer and two jumpers, Gavin Becker's layup and a basket by Jordan Feder off a rebound were offset by a 3-pointer and basket off a rebound by Park Rapids' Tyler McCollum and layups by Kyle Goplerud and Rilee Johnson as both teams battled to an 11-11 tie with 13:01 to play in the first half.
Layups by Courtland Chase and Keranen and jumpers by Jordan Dudley and Courtland Chase gave Nevis a 19-12 lead at the 10:30 mark before a 3-pointer by Tyler McCollum and two 3-pointers by Jordan McCollum gave the Panthers a 21-20 edge with 7:07 to play in the first half.
The Tigers responded with an 11-4 run as Courtland Chase's three-point play and Taylor Chase's 3-pointer produced a 31-25 lead at the 1:13 mark. Cory Gartner's layup before the buzzer cut the gap to 31-27.
Two baskets by Keranen pushed Nevis' advantage to 37-30 with 16:05 remaining before the Panthers responded with a 22-8 run to regain the lead.
Chris Goplerud hit a pair of field goals, Kyle Goplerud hit a jumper, Tyler McCollum hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored off steal, Jordan McCollum hit a 3-pointer, and Gartner and Chris Goplerud turned steals into layups as Park Rapids led 52-45 with 8:20 to play. Dudley hit a pair of jumpers for the Tigers during that stretch.
The Tigers rallied behind a 3-pointer by Griffin Chase, a jumper by Keranen and a layup by Becker to tie the game at 54-54 with 4:53 to play.
After a 3-pointer by Chris Goplerud gave Park Rapids a 57-54 lead with 4:37 to go, Taylor Chase hit a jumper and two free throws to give the Tigers a 59-57 edge with 3:42 remaining.
A layup by Jordan McCollum with 1:20 to play gave Park Rapids a 60-59 lead before Becker hit a jumper to give the Tigers a 61-60 lead with 51 seconds remaining.
Chris Goplerud scored off a rebound as the Panthers led 62-61 with 30 seconds showing before Keranen grabbed a rebound off Taylor Chase's missed 3-pointer and hit the game-winning shot.
Tyler McCollum scored a game-high 23 points and had 10 rebounds, Chris Goplerud added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Jordan McCollum finished with 11 points and four assists for the Panthers, who fell to 5-11. Kyle Goplerud had eight rebounds and Gartner had three steals.
Taylor Chase had a triple-double with 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Keranen had 14 points and eight rebounds while Courtland Chase added 10 points for the Tigers, who improved to 10-5.
"Both teams went back and forth down the stretch and we were fortunate that they didn't convert on some free throws in the closing minutes to give us the opportunity to make a play on the last possession," said Kramer. "I thought we did a great job of rebounding the ball, which we knew would be important in having a shot to win the game. It was a total team effort."
NEVIS: C. Chase 4 2-3 10, Becker 3 3-4 9, Dudley 3 0-0 6, T. Chase 5 7-8 19, Keranen 6 2-6 14, G. Chase 1 0-0 3, Feder 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 (FG), 14 for 21 (FT).
PARK RAPIDS: Long 0 0-0 0, T. McCollum 9 0-0 23, Johnson 1 3-4 5, K. Goplerud 2 1-4 5, C. Goplerud 6 1-4 14, J. McCollum 4 0-1 11, Porozinski 0 0-0 0, Gartner 2 0-0 4, Jewison 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 for 63 (FG) 5 for 13 (FT).
Halftime: Nevis 31, Park Rapids 27. Three-point field goals: T. Chase 2, G. Chase 1, T. McCollum 5, J. McCollum 3. Rebounds: Park Rapids 35 (T. McCollum 10, K. Goplerud 8, C. Goplerud 7, Porozinski 4, J. McCollum 2, Gartner 2, Johnson 1, Jewison 1). Assists: Park Rapids 15 (J. McCollum 4, Long 3, Gartner 2, C. Goplerud 2, T. McCollum 1, Johnson 1, K. Goplerud 1, Porozinski 1). Steals: Park Rapids 9 (Gartner 3, Jewison 2, Long 1, T. McCollum 1, Johnson 1, C. Goplerud 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (T. McCollum 1, K. Goplerud 1). Team fouls: Park Rapids 23. Fouled out: Johnson. Turnovers: Park Rapids 11.
Becker leads Tigers past Braves
Becker scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds while Keranen had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 63-52 win over Menahga Thursday night at the Tiger Arena.
Taylor Chase added 15 points, five assists and two steals while Courtland Chase had nine rebounds for the Tigers, who led 24-16 at the half. Keranen also joined Griffin Chase with four assists each.
Tanner Schwartz led the Braves with 18 points and eight rebounds. Levi Schwartz grabbed 11 rebounds and Austin Rudquist had seven rebounds. Tanner Schwartz and Austen Schwartz had three assists each while Bob Lusti had three steals for the Braves, who fell to 6-6 on the season.
"This was a nice bounce-back game for us," said Kramer. "We didn't do anything special offensively, but we defended well and limited their second-chance opportunities by hitting the glass. We only gave up 16 first-half points and if we could have shot a little better, we would have been in complete control by halftime. We did extend the lead to 20 points and then coasted to the win."
MENAHGA: T. Schwartz 8 0-0 18, L. Schwartz 4 0-2 8, Rudquist 3 2-4 8, Lusti 3 0-0 7, A. Schwartz 1 2-2 4, Johnson 1 0-0 3, Junes 1 0-0 2, Taylor 1 0-4 2, Kicker 0 0-0 0, Skoog 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 for 56 (FG), 4 for 12 (FT).
Halftime: Nevis 24, Menahga 16. Three-point field goals: T. Schwartz 2, Lusti 1, Johnson 1. Rebounds: Menahga 34 (L. Schwartz 11, T. Schwartz 8, Rudquist 7, Johnson 3, Taylor 3, Lusti 1, Kicker 1). Assists: Menahga 12 (T. Schwartz 3, A. Schwartz 3, Johnson 2, L. Schwartz 1, Rudquist 1, Lusti 1, Skoog 1). Steals: Menahga 9 (Lusti 3, Johnson 2, T. Schwartz 1, Rudquist 1, A. Schwartz 1, Junes 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 2 (Johnson 1, Junes 1). Team fouls: Menahga 19. Turnovers: Menahga 15.
Mustangs run past Tigers
Kelliher/Northome jumped out to a 47-28 halftime lead en route to an 85-68 win over the Tigers last Tuesday night at Northome.
Becker scored 23 points and had four rebounds and three assists while Courtland Chase had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Dudley led Nevis with five assists and two steals.
"This one wasn't meant to be. We got down midway through the first half and then Northome really got after us on both ends," said Kramer. "Northome really shot well in the first half to open the game up and we were never really able to recover."
Nevis fell to 6-2 in Northland Conference play while the Mustangs improved to 4-3 in the conference.