Nevis and Menahga were eliminated from the section boys basketball tournament.

     Pine River-Backus eliminated Menahga with a 66-49 victory in the second round of the Section 5A tournament on Feb. 25 while Nevis opened with an 80-55 win over Sebeka on Feb. 25 before being eliminated with a 46-40 loss to Verndale last Saturday at Pequot Lakes.


Verndale upsets Tigers

     The Tigers hit 12 3-pointers in the win over Sebeka before going 5 for 20 on 3-pointers in the loss to Verndale.

     Griffin Chase scored 23 points, Zach Henry added a career-high 13 points, Andrew Dudley scored a career-high 11 points and Michael Landquist added 11 points to led the Tigers past Sebeka. Chase and Landquist had five rebounds and three steals each while Chase led the way with four assists. Landquist had three assists and Henry chipped in two assists and two steals for the Tigers, who led 44-28 at the half.

     James Clark (14), Jack Lillquist (11) and Thane Dailey (11) hit double figures for Sebeka, which ended the season with a 10-16 record.

     “We got the subsection tournament started on the right foot,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer, whose team made 12 of 17 3-pointers. “We played a complete game throughout and really had some big contributions from our role players,”

     The Tigers’ quest to return to the state Class A tournament came to an end as Nathan Sabinash and Mac Schluttner had double-doubles in leading Verndale to the win.

     Sabinash’s 15 points and 10 rebounds and Schluttner’s 10 points and 10 rebounds led the Pirates, who led 29-24 at the half. Mitchell Blaha also double figures with 13 points as Verndale improved to 18-9.

     Chase was the only Nevis player in double figures with 20 points. Chase and Tom Wormley pulled down seven rebounds each while Landquist led the way with four assists.

     “The tables turned on us, which was a disappointment after how well we played to open the tournament,” said Kramer, whose team ended the season with a 22-6 record. “We are two pretty evenly matched teams, but they were able to make a few more plays to get the win. We had plenty of opportunities, but we just could not convert offensively. It is a disappointing loss, but at the same time, for this group to win 22 games considering our youth was a real accomplishment.”

     Nevis entered the section tournament as the No. 2 seed in the North while Verndale was the No. 3 seed. Sebeka was the No. 7 seed.


VERNDALE: Korfe 5, Blaha 13, Weniger 3, Schluttner 10, Sabinash 15.

NEVIS: DeWulf 2, Henry 3, Chase 20, J. Landquist 4, M. Landquist 5, Wormley 6.

Halftime: Verndale 29, Nevis 24.


PR-B eliminates Braves

     Konrad Bueckers scored 17 points and Zach Struss added 16 points in leading Pine River-Backus past Menahga.

     Hank Raph and Nick Ackerman both scored 11 points as the No. 1-seeded Tigers improved to 21-6.

     Aaron Hrdlicka’s 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals led the No. 8-seeded Braves, who end the season with a 10-16 record.


MENAHGA: A. Hrdlicka 3 5-6 13, Howard 3 0-0 8, L. Wurdock 3 0-0 7, Haataja 2 1-3 6, Rudquist 2 2-2 6, Matson 1 2-2 4, Pietila 1 0-0 3, K. Hrdlicka 1 0-0 2, Tolkkinen 0 0-0 0, Steidler-Thompson 0 0-0 0, Mickelson 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Jokela 0 0-0 0, Berttunen 0 0-0 0, A. Wurdock 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 for 63 (FG), 10 for 13 (FT).

PINE RIVER-BACKUS: Semmler 4, Raph 11, Ackerman 11, Bueckers 17, K. Struss 3, Davidson 4, Z. Struss 16.

Halftime: PR-B 33, Menahga 17. Three-pointers: A. Hrdlicka 2, Howard 2, L. Wurdock 1, Haataja 1, Pietila 1. Rebounds: Menahga 28 (A. Hrdlicka 7, Haataja 4, Rudquist 4, L. Wurdock 3, Matson 3, K. Hrdlicka 3, Howard 2, Mickelson 2). Assists: Menahga 6 (A. Hrdlicka 2, L. Wurdock 2, Rudquist 2). Steals: Menahga 12 (A. Hrdlicka 4, L. Wurdock 3, Rudquist 3, Hoard 1, Haataja 1). Team fouls: Menahga 17.