Luke DeWulf scored 24 points to surpass 1,000 points in his career and pace the Nevis boys basketball team to a key 79-67 Northland Conference win over Blackduck at the Tiger Arena on Friday, Feb. 7.
DeWulf also had seven rebounds and three steals while Ty Warrington (17), Derek Lindow (16) and Eddie Kramer (13) also scored in double figures. Lindow also had four assists and three steals, Kramer had four rebounds and three assists, and Warrington had three assists for the Tigers, who led 37-34 at the half. Joe Houchin had two steals while Jack McNamee and Cain Mitchell also made key contributions.
Nevis, which defeated the Drakes 71-59 on Jan. 4, improved to 9-2 in the conference and 18-3 overall. Blackduck fell to 7-3 against conference opponents and 13-6 overall. Red Lake is 8-2 in conference games while Cass Lake-Bena joins Blackduck at 7-3.
“This was a huge conference game for us as Blackduck was only one game behind us in the win column. I think this is maybe the best overall game we have played in a few weeks. We got contributions from all of our starters and Houchin and Mitchell made plays off the bench,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “Dewulf got on track in the paint and our guards played extremely well with Lindow and Warrington getting to the paint and the free throw line and Kramer knocking down 3s. We were able to make a run midway through the second half with Dewulf controlling the paint. Our defense did the job the rest of the way to get the win.”
Another balanced scoring attack sparked the Tigers to a 68-45 win over Bertha-Hewitt at the Tiger Arena on Thursday, Feb. 6.
Warrington (16), Kramer (14), Lindow (14) and DeWulf (11) reached double figures in scoring with Mitchell (4), DeWulf (4) and McNamee (3) leading the team in rebounds. Warrington had seven assists and five steals while Lindow had three assists, McNamee had four steals and DeWulf had three steals.
B-H, which trailed 36-15 at the half, fell to 1-17.
“We were able to jump out to an early lead and coast in the second half,” said Kramer. “We wanted to be efficient and try to put a young B-H team away, which is kind of what we did.”