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Browerville ends Tigers' playoff run

Nevis head coach Scott Kramer looked on as Brandon Spain-Brist (15) defended Bertha-Hewitt’s Preston Riewer during Saturday’s Section 5A playoff game at Wadena.1 / 2
Nevis’ Michael Babler (5) drove to the basket during last Saturday night’s Section 5A playoff game against Bertha-Hewitt at Wadena.2 / 2

     The Nevis boys basketball team had its bid to play for the Section 5A championship denied with an 81-54 loss to Browerville in the North title game Tuesday night at Wadena.

     Browerville, the No. 1 seed, used a pair of 3-pointers by Trevor Johnson, two 3-pointers by Cody Hansmeyer and a 3-pionter by Bryce Irsfeld to jump out to a 23-9 lead with 8:31 to play in the first half. Gavin Becker’s pair of layups and 3-pointer led the No. 3-seded Tigers.

     Two inside baskets by Courtland Chase and a jumper by Becker were countered by 3-pointers by Johnson and Hansmeyer and a three-point play by Hansmeyer as Browerville extended its lead to 41-16.

     Griffin Chase hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Brandon Spain-Brist hit a 3-pointer for the Tigers, but Browerville used two inside baskets by Johnson to carry a 49-25 lead into the break.

     Browerville sealed the win as Jordan Thielen opened the second half with a pair of 3-pointers and a jumper for a 60-29 lead.

     Three layups by Courtland Chase and a 3-pointer and two layups by Becker sliced the gap to 67-44, but three-point plays by Johnson and Grant Heid pushed the lead to 75-45.

     Michael Babler, Spain-Brist and Gavin Hitchcock hit 3-pointers down the stretch for the Tigers.

     Johnson (22), Hansmeyer (20), Thielen (14) and Irsfeld (14) hit double figures for Browerville, which improved to 21-5.

     Becker (19) and Courtland Chase (11) hit double figures to lead the Tigers, who ended the season with a 14-13 record.

NEVIS: G. Chase 3 0-0 8, C. Chase 5 1-2 11, G. Becker 8 1-3 19, Babler 1 0-1 3, Spain-Brist 2 1-2 7, Hitchcock 1 0-0 3, A. Becker 0 1-2 1, Feder 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 (FG), 4 for 10 (FT).

BROWERVILLE: Thielen 5 2-4 14, Polak 1 0-0 2, Irsfeld 5 3-4 14, Heid 4 1-1 9, Hansmeyer 8 1-2 20, Johnson 9 1-2 22. Totals: 32 (FG), 8 for 13 (FT).

Halftime: Browerville 49, Nevis 25. Three-pointers: G. Chase 2, G. Becker 2, Babler 1, Spain-Brist 2, Hitchcock 1, Thielen 2, Irsfeld 1, Hansmeyer 3, Johnson 3.

Free throws lift Tigers past Bears

     Nevis made 23 of 28 free throws down the stretch to eliminate Bertha-Hewitt from the section tournament with a 65-55 victory last Saturday night at Wadena.

     Center Austyn Kvamme hit three 3-pointers while Preston Riewer hit a jumper, a 3-pointer, three layups and three free throws as B-H jumped out to a 23-10 lead with 9:41 to play in the first half. Becker had two inside baskets and a 3-pointer for the Tigers.

     Jumpers by Courtland Chase and Jordan Feder, a three-point play and 3-pointer by Becker, and a pair of 3-pointers by Griffin Chase pulled Nevis to within 28-26 at the half.

     A layup by Courtland Chase was followed by a three-point play, a 3-pointer, a jumper and a layup by Becker as the game was tied at 38-38 with 10:40 to play.

     The Tigers took advantage of Bertha-Hewitt foul troubles to secure the win. Griffin Chase hit six free throws and Courtland Chase scored inside to give Nevis a 48-40 lead with 5:41 left.

     After a layup by Feder, Griffin Chase hit seven free throws in the final 2:51 to preserve the lead.

     Becker scored a game-high 25 points and had six rebounds, three assists and two steals while Griffin Chase added 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. Courtland Chase also hit double figures with 11 points and added five rebounds and two steals. Austin Becker added two assists and Michael Babler had two steals.

     Riewer, who missed most of the season with an injury as the Bears started the season with a 1-13 record, scored 23 points while Kvamme hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points as B-H ended the year with a 10-18 record. B-H, the No. 7 seed, defeated No. 2 Verndale in the first round of the playoffs.

     “We got off to a very slow start. We just didn’t do the little things early in the game that we knew were key to winning,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “Once we settled down a bit and finally hit some shots, we were right back in it. Once we got the lead, we really took control. It is a huge win for our team as we have had a lot of ups and downs this year.”

BERTHA-HEWITT: Riewer 6 10-11 23, Waln 3 0-1 6, Boehland 3 1-1 7, Frethem 3 0-0 7, Kvamme 4 0-0 12. Totals: 19 (FG), 11 for 13 (FT).

NEVIS: G. Chase 2 13-15 19, C. Chase 4 3-4 11, G. Becker 9 4-6 25, Babler 0 1-2 1, A. Becker 0 1-4 1, Feder 2 4-4 8. Totals: 17 (FG), 26 for 35 (FT).

Halftime: B-H 28, Nevis 26. Three-pointers: Riewer 1, Frethem 1, Kvamme 4, G. Chase 2, G. Becker 3.

Tigers coast past Hill City

     Gavin Becker’s 30 points and 13 rebounds led the Tigers to a 70-52 win over No. 6 Hill City in the tournament opener last Thursday night at the Tiger Arena.

     Griffin Chase hit six 3-pointers and added 22 points and eight rebounds while Feder scored 8 points. Babler grabbed nine rebounds and had three assists while Austin Becker had three assists and two steals. Courtland Chase also had three assists.

     “We got off to a great start and never looked back,” said Kramer, whose team led 40-27 at the half. “We did a great job defending to break the game open early in the second half. It was a great win for our seniors in their last home game.”

Tigers end regular season with two losses

     The Tigers settled for a share of fourth place in the Northland Conference standings following a 90-51 loss to Red Lake on Feb. 20.

     Gavin Becker scored 20 points and had five rebounds, Brett Byer scored 12 points and Courtland Chase had 8 points and four rebounds to lead the Tigers. Victor Mastley also grabbed four rebounds while Griffin Chase led Nevis with three assists and three steals.

     “This one was decided early as Red Lake jumped out to an early lead and never looked back,” said Kramer, whose team trailed 37-19 at the half. “We were unable to execute much of anything on offense, shooting 3 for 26 from behind the arc and committing 16 turnovers. Red Lake is a very tough opponent with their speed and size. They also shot the ball really well, which spread us out and allowed them driving lanes to the hoop.”

     The loss dropped Nevis to 6-8 in the conference with Blackduck. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley claimed the conference title with a 13-1 record while Red Lake finished second at 12-2. Cass Lake went 11-3.

     Nevis ended the regular season with a 54-42 loss to Pequot Lakes on Feb. 22 at the Tiger Arena.

     Gavin Becker’s 16 points and seven rebounds and Spain-Brist’s 11 points led the Tigers. Griffin Chase (4), Courtland Chase (4), Babler (3), Austin Becker (2) and Byer (2) rounded out the scoring. Courtland Chase had six rebounds and Byer grabbed four rebounds for Nevis, which trailed 22-21 at the half.

     CJ Borleis (13) and Jack Kreitz (12) hit double figures for the Patriots, who improved to 10-15 on the season.

     “This game was a bit of a microcosm of our season. We had kids out with injuries and kids playing sick and just about everything else you can imagine,” said Kramer, whose team ended the regular season with a 12-12 record. “We were not able to generate any kind of flow on offense at all and even though we played a decent game defensively, it wasn’t’ enough. It was disappointing to not be at full strength against a beatable Pequot Lakes team, but hopefully we can get healthy heading into tournament play.”