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Tigers keep rolling with win over Braves

Nevis' Griffin Chase (24) went up to block a layup attempt by Menahga's Luke Wurdock during Tuesday night's game. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

After missing several easy shots in the first half, the Nevis boys basketball team converted several easy shots in the second half to spark a 56-34 win over Menahga Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena.

Both offenses struggled in the first half as Nevis carried a 23-11 advantage into the break. The Tigers opened the second half with a 31-16 run to take control and extend their winning streak to 18 games in a row.

Layups by Kirby Hrdlicka and Luke Wurdock gave the Braves a 5-4 lead before Michael Landquist scored off a steal by Zach Henry, Griffin Chase scored off a steal, Landquist scored on four layups, Chase had a layup and Caden Kramer hit a 3-pointer as Nevis led 23-7 with 2:20 to play in the first half. Layups by Canton Matson and Al Pietila closed out the scoring in the first half for Menahga.

A layup by Landquist and a three-point play by Chase pushed the Tigers' lead to 29-13 with 15:32 to play. Hrdlicka countered with two inside baskets, but three inside baskets by Tom Wormley, a layup by Jack Landquist and a jumper by Michael Landquist gave Nevis a 39-20 advantage at the 11:44 mark.

A jumper and three-point play by Wormley, 3-pointers by Kramer and Andrew Dudley, a layup by Chase and a jumper by Michael Landquist pushed the lead to 54-27 with 3:20 to go as the Tigers coasted to the win.

Wurdock and Hrdlicka scored 10 points each for the Braves, who fell to 2-8 in games against Section 5A opponents and 11-14 overall.

Michael Landquist finished with 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals while Chase added 12 points, seven assists and two steals. Wormley scored 11 points and hauled down five rebounds while Jack Landquist pulled down six rebounds as the Tigers improved to 11-0 against Section 5A teams and 23-1 overall. Nevis is rated No. 2 in this week's state Class A poll.

"Our days off between games really showed on the offensive end of the floor as we really couldn't get any rhythm on offense. We actually got plenty of good shots, but we really just got bogged down by missing a lot of easy ones. Thankfully our defense was again consistent," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. "As a group, we knew that we were a little rusty and out of sync offensively, but if we hold teams in the 30s defensively, it will allow us to compete each and every night."

MENAHGA: D. Howard 0 0-0 0, Pietila 1 0-1 2, L. Wurdock 5 0-2 10, Hrdlicka 4 2-4 10, Matson 2 0-1 4, Floyd 1 0-0 2, Aho 1 2-3 4. Totals: 14 (FG), 6 for 15 (FT).

NEVIS: Dudley 1 0-2 3, Chase 4 4-5 12, J. Landquist 2 0-0 4, M. Landquist 8 2-2 18, Wormley 5 1-1 11, DeWulf 0 0-2 0, Henry 0 0-0 0, Kramer 2 0-0 6, Peet 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 (FG), 7 for 12 (FT).

Halftime: Nevis 23, Menahga 11. Three-pointers: Dudley 1, Kramer 2. Team fouls: Menahga 9, Nevis 16.

Braves split conference games

The Braves closed out the Park Region Conference schedule with a 62-49 win over Henning on Feb. 21 at Menahga and a 62-46 loss to Bertha-Hewitt at Bertha on Feb. 24.

Wurdock (20), Damon Howard (14) and Hrdlicka (10) scored in double figures to lead the Braves past Henning while Howard was the only Menahga player in double figures with 11 points in the loss to B-H.

Menahga ended conference play with a 6-8 record. Henning fell to 1-13 in the conference and 5-19 overall while B-H improved to 4-10 in Park Region play and 6-16 overall.

"Henning is always well prepared and we knew going in that it would be a 36-minute battle. I thought the kids from both teams played very hard all night. We made a nice run in the second half and that was the difference in the game. It was a big conference win," said Menahga head coach Jeremy Nordick. "It was a tough night (against B-H). We were just unable to sustain anything offensively. I felt we just didn't show enough patience and we forced the issue too many times. We did do some good things, however it just wasn't consistent enough to win the game."

HENNING (49): Fraki 8, Wallevard 2, Fisher 16, Rach 5, Eckhoff 4, Lange 4, Quam 10.

MENAHGA (62): D. Howard 14, Steidler-Thompson 4, Pietila 1, Wurdock 20, Hrdlicka 10, Anderson 7, Matson 3, J. Howard 3.

MENAHGA (46): D. Howard 11, Floyd 2, Steidler-Thompson 5, Pietila 6, Wurdock 6, Hrdlicka 5, Matson 6, J. Howard 5.

BERTHA-HEWITT (62): Araca 3, Mattson 5, Harren 9, Follmer 21, Bauch 5, Chaftin 6, Lamb 3, Jansen 10.

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