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Boys Basketball: Nevis boys fall from undefeated ranks

North Woods and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa defeated the Tigers at the Granite City Classic tournament.

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ST. CLOUD – North Woods and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa handed the Nevis boys basketball team its first losses of the season at the Granite City Classic tournament on Dec. 29-30.

Hitting clutch free throws down the stretch led North Woods to a 69-67 win at St. John’s University on Dec. 29 and B-B-E to a 60-57 victory at Sartell on Dec. 30.

The two losses dropped the Tigers’ record to 8-2. North Woods improved to 7-0 and B-B-E improved to 5-2.

“Even though we lost two tough games, we really learned a lot and know that we have improvements to make as the season progresses,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer.

North Woods led 33-27 at the half and held on for the win in the tournament opener.

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JohnPaul Benson led the Tigers with 18 points and five rebounds. Joe Houchin (15), Ty Warrington (14) and Eddie Kramer (11) also scored in double figures with Warrington dishing out nine assists to go along with six steals and four rebounds. Cain Mitchell had four assists and two steals, Kramer dished out three assists, and Devan Lindow had two steals for Nevis.

“This was a good matchup for us as North Woods came in at 6-0 and they really have some dynamic scorers. We didn’t really play all that well offensively as we had a number of turnovers early and we didn’t shoot the ball very well either,” said Kramer. “With that being said, Benson had a good game offensively and kept us in it with his shooting. North Woods was able to convert some free throws down the stretch to get the win. It was good for us to see a quality team that really made us work for shots and also made us work defensively.”

Warrington (18), Kramer (13) and Mitchell (9) combined for 40 points in the loss to B-B-E. Benson had seven rebounds, Mitchell grabbed five rebounds and Kramer hauled down three rebounds while Warrington, Lindow and Benson had two steals each for the Tigers, who trailed 31-29 at the break. “

“It was another well fought game between us, as our teams are very similar. After beating them in the section tournament the last two seasons, it was their turn to get a win in another down-to-the-wire game for our teams,” said Kramer. “We had chances to take the lead, but each time they would respond and we were never able to lead late. They spread us out and knocked down some free throws for the win.”

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1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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