Nevis boys defeat Blackduck, Fosston
Michael Landquist scored 37 points in two games to lead the Nevis boys basketball team to the title at the Fosston Holiday Classic.
Landquist's 24 points, three assists and two steals led the Tigers to a 66-49 win over Blackduck in Thursday night's semifinals while Landquist's 13 points, five assists and four steals led the way in a 47-39 victory over Fosston in Friday night's championship game.
In the win over Blackduck, Tom Wormley chipped in 14 points, five rebounds and two steals while Jack Landquist had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Zach Henry had five rebounds and four assists while Luke DeWulf had five steals as Nevis improved to 2-0 against Northland Conference opponents.
Shawn O'Brien (17) and Dylan Moen (11) hit double figures for Blackduck, which fell to 2-1 in the conference and 2-2 overall.
"I thought we really showed some rust in this one. We did a lot of things well, but we were inconsistent and our shooting and defense were not as crisp as we would normally like them to be," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer, whose team led 34-21 at the half. "We gave up a lot of uncontested shots and didn't take control of the glass like we normally would. These things should fall into place for us as we continue to work the kinks out of things in practice."
Jack Landquist added 10 points and four assists as Nevis outscored Fosston 27-18 in the second half to claim the title. Wormley led the Tigers with five rebounds while Henry had four rebounds and DeWulf had three rebounds. The win lifted Nevis to 3-0 on the season.
Brett Sundquist (16) and Karsten Broadley (14) scored in double figures as Fosston fell to 3-2 on the season.
"It was a hard-fought game with neither team being able to produce much offense," said Kramer, whose team trailed 21-20 at the half. "I obviously thought our defense played well, especially in the second half. Our offense and shooting are still a bit behind schedule. Some of that is other teams are not going to speed us up, but would rather limit possessions and keep the score down. I thought we did a nice job of closing out a close game without really having time early in the season to work on situational stuff."
BLACKDUCK: O'Brien 17, Moen 11, Kingbird 9, Arp 8, Johnson 2, Savich 2.
NEVIS: M. Landquist 9 6-10 24, Wormley 6 2-2 14, J. Landquist 3 5-7 11, DeWulf 4 0-0 8, Henry 2 0-0 5, Kramer 2 0-0 4, Spain-Brist 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 (FG), 13 for 19 (FT).
Halftime: Nevis 34, Blackduck 21. Three-pointers: Henry 1.
FOSSTON: Sundquist 16, Broadley 14, Kroening 7, Voxland 2.
NEVIS: M. Landquist 6 3-4 15, J. Landquist 3 4-4 10, DeWulf 3 0-0 7, Wormley 2 3-4 7, Henry 2 0-0 4, Kramer 1 0-0 2, Spain-Brist 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 (FG), 10 for 12 (FT).
Halftime: Fosston 21, Nevis 20. Three-pointers: DeWulf 1.