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Becker joins Nevis’ grand scoring list

Nevis junior Gavin Becker, shown driving past Menahga’s Darien Mickelson Tuesday night, surpassed 1,000 career points last week.

     Last week was a memorable one for Nevis’ Gavin Becker.

     After breaking the school single-game scoring record with 46 points in a 94-82 loss to Red Lake on Feb. 10, the Nevis junior surpassed 1,000 career points in a 70-45 Northland Conference win over Blackduck last Friday night at the Tiger Arena.

     Becker scored 18 points and had five rebounds and five assists in helping the Tigers snap a four-game losing streak.

     That was a typical game for the junior guard this season.

     Becker has scored in double figures in every game this season and is averaging 23.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game. Through the first 20 games, Becker has 105 rebounds, 72 assists and 31 steals. After scoring 21 points in Nevis’ 70-57 win over Menahga Tuesday night, Becker now has 1,029 career points to join Nolan Toft (2,367 points), Taylor Chase (1,704), Zach Smith (1,535), Dylan Stenberg (1,302), Ed Glogowski (1,280), Matt Lindow (1,076) and Shawn Dudley (1,056) on the list of Nevis boys basketball players to surpass 1,000 points.

     Becker played one game as an eighth grader and scored 4 points. As a freshman, Becker averaged 5.2 points a game with 125 points and had 61 rebounds, 28 steals and 26 assists in 24 games. Becker moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore last season and averaged 15.7 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. In 26 games, Becker tallied 409 points, 144 rebounds, 60 assists and 29 steals.

     “Gavin has evolved into the leader and go-to guy on our team,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “He is about as quick and explosive a player as I have coached. He gives other teams a lot of trouble with his quickness and that he is left-handed.”

     Courtland Chase led the Tigers against Blackduck with a career-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Feder chipped in 13 points and four rebounds while Griffin Chase had 10 points and five assists. Austin Becker had six assists as the Tigers jumped out to a 39-17 halftime lead.

     The win over Blackduck followed a 63-47 home loss to Verndale last Thursday night.

     “What a difference a day makes. After a somewhat disappointing loss to Verndale, we came back to put together our most complete performance of the year,” said Kramer. “It couldn’t have come at a better time. After losing on the road to the top three teams in the conference and then losing a home game to a very good Verndale team, we were able to come back and play an impressive 36 minutes to rout Blackduck. The difference in the game was the play of our post players. Court and Jordan really set the tone early in the paint and that opened up the entire floor for our perimeter guys. It was a much-needed win for us after a really tough stretch of games where we were competitive, but just couldn’t come away with a win.”

     Nevis improved to 6-7 in the conference and 11-10 overall while Blackduck fell to 6-8 in the conference and 14-10 overall.

Balance leads Verndale past Tigers

     Marcos Gomez scored 18 points, Mitchell Blaha had 13 points and 10 rebounds, James Kveton scored 12 points and Eric Blaha added 10 points in leading Verndale to a 63-47 win over the Tigers last Thursday night at Nevis.

     Gavin Becker’s 22 points and Feder’s 10 points led Nevis, which trailed 44-25 at the half. Griffin Chase (6), Courtland Chase (4), Austin Becker (3) and Michael Babler (2) rounded out the scoring for the Tigers.

     Verndale improved to 18-5.

Tigers to host section playoff game

     Nevis received the No. 3 seed in the north and will open the Section 5A playoffs by hosting No. 6 Hill City Thursday night at 7 p.m.

     The winner of that game will most likely play No. 2 Verndale next Saturday night at 7:45 at Wadena. The north title game is set for March 4 at Wadena with the Section 5A championship game set for March 7 at Crosby-Ironton.