Delwyn Holthusen scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as Red Lake rallied for a 75-66 Northland Conference victory over the Nevis boys basketball team at the Tiger Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Nevis extended a 36-32 lead at the half to 47-36 before Red Lake ended the game on a 39-19 run to rally for the victory and hand the Tigers their first conference loss of the season.
Eddie Kramer and Ty Warrington scored 18 points apiece while Luke DeWulf scored 17 points and Derek Lindow added 13 points. Those four accounted for all of Nevis’ points. Jack McNamee had seven rebounds, DeWulf had four rebounds and three steals, Lindow had seven assists and three steals, and Warrington had four assists and three steals as the Tigers fell to 4-1 in the conference and 11-2 overall.
Red Lake improved to 5-1 in the conference and 7-7 overall. Blackduck now leads the conference standings with a 6-1 record while Cass Lake-Bena follows Red Lake and Nevis at 5-2.
Despite the loss, Nevis maintains the top spot in the Section 5A rankings.
“For about two-thirds of the game, I thought we did a nice job on both ends. We contained Holthusen for the most part and held a 47-36 lead midway through the second half. Then we kind of got away from what we do and Red Lake got back into the game and eventually took the lead and kept it,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “The difference for us was not rebounding very well and just settling for perimeter shooting as opposed to attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line offensively. We had four guys in double figures, but the problem for us was that no other player scored, which put a lot of pressure on us late. It was a tough loss to take knowing that we definitely had opportunities to put this one away.”