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Nevis boys make successful home debut

Nevis' Tom Wormley (42) put a shot over Bertha-Hewitt's Nate Chaffin during Tuesday night's game at the Tiger Arena. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

The first Nevis boys basketball game of the season at the Tiger Arena was a memorable one for Dylen Spain-Brist.

The Nevis senior guard went on a personal 11-0 run to break open a close game and lead the Tigers to a 53-34 victory over Bertha-Hewitt Tuesday night in a game between Section 5A North rivals.

"Spain-Brist was the big spark for us in the second half," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. "B-H went to zone and Spain-Brist hit three 3s in a couple-minute span to open the lead."

Defense dominated the first half as the Tigers carried a 19-18 lead into the break. Spain-Brist hit a 3-pointer while Jack Landquist, Michael Landquist and Tom Wormley converted three-point plays to lead Nevis in the early going.

Nevis opened the second half with an 11-3 run as a jumper, 3-pointer and layup by Luke DeWulf and a jumper and basket off a rebound by Zach Henry provided a 30-21 advantage with 12:55 to play.

Brett Jansen's pair of inside baskets cut the gap to 30-25 with 10:57 left before Spain-Brist followed a 3-pointer and jumper with two more 3-pointers as the Tigers led 41-25 with 7:53 to play.

After a jumper by Jansen and a 3-pointer by Christian Baumgartner made it 41-30 at the 6:58 mark, Wormley's jumper, Michael Landquist's layup and seven free throws by the Landquists sealed the win.

Spain-Brist (14) and Michael Landquist (10) hit double figures for the Tigers, who improved to 4-0 against section teams and 6-0 overall. Jack Landquist hauled down seven rebounds while Michael Landquist and DeWulf had six rebounds each. Michael Landquist added six assists and joined Wormley with three steals. Wormley and DeWulf dished out two assists each.

Jansen finished with 12 points to lead the Bears, who fell to 1-2 in the section and 2-4 overall.

"Our first home game of the year played out like a road game in that we didn't shoot the ball like we were on our home court," said Kramer. "Scoring was a struggle for both teams (in the first half) as neither team could generate much offense. I was actually satisfied with the shots we were getting, but we were 4 for 13 in the paint and 5 for 16 on 2-pointers. Our defense was its normal self as we allowed only 16 points in the second half to secure the win."

BERTHA-HEWITT: Baumgartner 1 0-0 3, Becker 2 0-0 5, Follmer 3 0-0 6, Bauch 1 0-0 3, Bakken 1 2-2 5, Jansen 6 0-0 12. Totals: 14 (FG), 2 for 2 (FT).

NEVIS: DeWulf 3 0-0 7, Henry 3 0-0 6, J. Landquist 2 3-3 7, M. Landquist 2 6-7 10, Wormley 3 2-4 8, Spain-Brist 5 0-0 14, Kramer 0 1-2 1. Totals: 18 (FG), 12 for 16 (FT).

Halftime: Nevis 19, B-H 18. Three-pointers: Baumgartner 1, Becker 1, Bauch 1, Bakken 1, DeWulf 1, Spain-Brist 4.