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Tigers win two different ways at Pillager, B-H

     Jordan Feder’s game-winning shot and a strong second half led the Nevis boys basketball team to a pair of victories.

     Feder scored off a rebound at the buzzer as Nevis defeated Pillager 58-56 Thursday night while the Tigers outscored Bertha-Hewitt 32-16 in the second half in a 61-40 victory Friday night.

     Gavin Becker’s 31 points, six rebounds and five assists led the Tigers past Pillager. Feder (7), Griffin Chase (5), Courtland Chase (5) and Michael Babler (5) combined for 22 points. Courtland Chase had nine rebounds, Feder had five rebounds and three steals, and Griffin Chase had eight assists and four steals.

     Connor Uselman (13) and Ryder Hunstad (10) led the Huskies, who fell to 1-5.

     “This was a huge win for us to get on the road against a AA school,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer, whose team led 31-30 at the half. “It was a very close game all the way. It was a total team effort as guys contributed in all kinds of ways.”

     Becker’s 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals led the Tigers past Bertha-Hewitt. Courtland Chase added 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists while Brandon Spain-Brist had 9 points. Brett Byer had four rebounds and Griffin Chase had seven assists and two steals as the Tigers improved to 4-1 on the season.

     “This was a nice subsection win for us after coming back from a tough game at Pillager,” said Kramer, whose team led 29-24 at the half. “We jumped out to a double-figure lead in the second half and never looked back. We had some balanced scoring from the starters and all of the guys had some big plays in the second half to help us pull away. We have really been improving and the kids are doing a great job of playing team basketball.”