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Cass Lake defeats Nevis in battle of ranked teams

Caden Kramer put a shot over Cass Lake's Antonio Brown (33), Noah DeLapaz (3) and Raul Washington (25) during Thursday night's game. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Cass Lake jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in an 80-64 Northland Conference win over the Nevis boys basketball team Thursday night at the Tiger Arena.

Both teams entered this game undefeated in conference play and rated in the latest state Class A poll. Nevis was 6-0 in the conference and rated No. 4 in the state while Cass Lake was 7-0 in conference play and ranked No. 6 in the state.

This was anticipated to be a down-to-the-wire battle, but Cass Lake jumped out to a 23-7 lead and led by double digits the rest of the way to take over sole possession of first place in the conference standings.

Two jumpers by Jarell Jacobs and a layup by Arnold Kingbird gave Cass Lake a 6-0 lead before two 3-pointers and a layup by Noah DeLapaz and a 3-pointer by Raul Washington extended the advantage to 23-7 with 9:51 to play in the first half.

Jack Landquist's layup at the 11:58 mark was the first field goal for the Tigers, who used a jumper by Caden Kramer, two more layups by Landquist, a basket off a rebound by Tom Wormley, and two more layups by Landquist to stay within 31-20 with 3:27 to play before halftime. The Panthers would close with an 8-1 run to carry a 39-21 lead into the intermission.

A layup by Luke DeWulf and a 3-pointer by Kramer cut the gap to 39-26 with 16:47 to play, but Cass Lake responded with layups by DeLapaz and Antonio Brown to push the lead to 45-28. Kramer hit a 3-pointer, DeWulf scored off a rebound, Michael Landquist hit a jumper and Dylen Spain-Brist scored inside, but the Tigers still trailed 52-37 with 9:21 to play.

Jack Landquist hit eight free throws and Michael Landquist connected on a 3-pointer to help the Tigers stay within 64-49 with 4:45 remaining, but three layups by Jacobs sealed the win. Kramer hit a jumper while a layup and 3-pointer by Michael Landquist and a layup by DeWulf accounted for Nevis' lone field goals down the stretch.

DeLapaz and Jacobs finished with 20 points and Washington added 16 points for Cass Lake, which improved to 8-0 in the conference and 17-1 overall.

Jack Landquist's 24 points, Michael Landquist's 15 points and Kramer's 12 points led the Tigers, who fell to 6-1 in the conference and 13-2 overall. Jack Landquist added eight rebounds while Kramer (6) and Wormley (4) combined for 10 rebounds. Michael Landquist dished out four assists.

"We got off to a slow start against a dangerous Cass Lake team and never really recovered," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. "They extended the lead early, and even though we made some runs, we could never get close enough to put the pressure on them. I thought we were able to get easy buckets at times, but we turned the ball over too many times, which led to easy baskets in transition."

CASS LAKE: DeLapaz 6 6-7 20, E. Brown 4 0-2 8, Kingbird 2 2-2 6, Jacobs 9 2-2 20, Washington 6 3-4 16, Reyes 1 0-0 2, A. Brown 2 0-0 4, Mitchell 2 0-0 4. Totals: 32 (FG), 13 for 17 (FT).

NEVIS: L. DeWulf 3 0-0 6, Kramer 4 2-2 12, J. Landquist 5 14-18 24, M. Landquist 3 8-11 15, Wormley 1 0-0 2, J. DeWulf 0 0-0 0, Spain-Brist 2 0-1 5. Totals: 18 (FG), 24 for 32 (FT).

Halftime: Cass Lake 39, Nevis 21. Three-pointers: DeLapaz 2, Washington 1, Kramer 2, M. Landquist 1, Spain-Brist 1. Team fouls: Cass Lake 25, Nevis 19. Fouled out: E. Brown, M. Landquist.