Nevis and Menahga coasted to conference boys basketball victories on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Eddie Kramer set a school record by making 10 3-pointers while scoring a career high of 31 points as Nevis rolled to a key 76-51 Northland Conference and Section 5A victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at Walker.
Menahga jumped out to a 33-10 lead at the half in coasting to a 59-29 Park Region Conference win against Verndale at Menahga.
Kramer made eight 3-pointers in the first half as the Tigers jumped out to a 44-24 advantage. Luke DeWulf (12), Ty Warrington (12) and Jack McNamee (12) also scored in double figures for Nevis. McNamee grabbed nine rebounds and DeWulf hauled down six rebounds. Derek Lindow had six rebounds, six assists and two steals while DeWulf had four assists and Warrington had four steals and three assists.
The win gave Nevis a 4-0 record in the conference, a 4-0 record against section opponents and a 9-1 overall record. W-H-A fell to 4-1 in conference games, 3-1 against section foes and 8-2 overall.
“This was a huge conference and section game for us as both teams came in undefeated in conference play and 8-1 overall in terms of section standings. We set the tone early by blowing the game wide open. We really moved the ball well offensively, which led to some good shots, and our defense was stifling as Walker didn’t have many uncontested shots,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “We really wanted to make a statement coming into this game and I think the guys answered the bell.”
After Verndale took an early 5-2 lead, the Braves responded with a 24-0 run to take charge. Wade Berttunen, Charlie Hodge and Andreas Aho hit 3-pointers while Hodge had a pair of layups off steals and Jonah Howard chipped in a pair of baskets as Menahga led 26-5. A pair of layups by Berttunen gave the Braves a 33-10 lead at the break.
A three-point play by Brock Berttunen and a 3-pointer by Wade Berttunen extended the lead to 46-14 before 3-pointers by Victor Aho and Daniel Noland helped cap off the win.
Wade Berttunen (15), Howard (11) and Hodge (10) led a balanced scoring attack for the Braves. Brock Berttunen, Howard and Tristan Aho grabbed seven rebounds each while Hodge had six steals and four assists as the Braves improved to 2-1 in the conference and 5-4 overall.
Brandon Greenwaldt’s 13 points and 12 rebounds led the Pirates, who fell to 0-2 in conference games and 1-8 overall.