Nevis jumped out to a 13-0 lead and used a 22-3 run in the second half to ignite an 83-55 Northland Conference boys basketball victory over Blackduck at the Tiger Arena on Monday, Feb. 22.
A 3-pointer and a layup by Derek Lindow, two 3-pointers by Eddie Kramer, and a layup off a steal by Cain Mitchell gave the Tigers a 13-0 lead with 14:53 to play in the first half. A jumper by Kramer was followed by layups by Lindow, Joe Houchin and Ian Ahrendt along with a 3-pointer by Lindow as Nevis led 24-12 at the 5:44 mark. Three-pointers by Ty Warrington, Kramer and Houchin gave the Tigers a 39-25 lead at the half.
The Tigers opened the second half with a pair of 3-pointers by Kramer and a 3-pointer by Lindow for a 48-33 advantage with 14:49 to play. Four baskets by Lindow, a pair of layups and a 3-pointer by Mitchell, a jumper by Jack McNamee, and a 3-pointer and a layup by JP Benson extended Nevis’ lead to 70-36 with 6:29 remaining. Layups by Warrington and Houchin, a jumper by Lindow, and two 3-pointers by Benson capped off the win.
Lindow finished with 23 points and four assists, Kramer had 19 points and five rebounds, and Benson scored 13 points for the Tigers, who made 14 of 26 3-pointers in the game. McNamee contributed five rebounds, five assists and four steals while Houchin also hauled down five rebounds. Warrington had three assists and Mitchell had three steals as Nevis improved to 9-1 in the conference and 10-2 overall.
Ethan Merrill (17) and Oli Stroeing (16) scored in double figures for the Drakes, who fell to 5-5 in conference games and 6-5 overall.
“We jumped out to a 13-0 lead and were able to make a nice run in the second half to blow the game open,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer, whose team defeated Blackduck 84-53 on Feb. 5. “We shot 14 for 26 from behind the arc, and that was the difference as we were able to contain them defensively.”