A 38-16 run starting late in the first half put the Nevis boys basketball team in control in a 60-45 win over Browerville/Eagle Valley in a Section 5A West playoff game at the Tiger Arena on Saturday, March 20.
A 3-pointer by Eddie Kramer, layups by Jack McNamee and Cain Mitchell, and a jumper by Derek Lindow gave Nevis a 9-2 lead at the 13:12 mark. B/EV responded with 3-pointers by Parker Duncan, Reis Irsfeld and Reed Webster to cut the deficit to 20-18 before a pair of 3-pointers by Kramer and 3-pointers by JP Benson and Lindow along with a three-point play by McNamee gave Nevis a 37-26 lead at the half.
Ty Warrington opened the second half with a pair of layups while layups by Mitchell and Lindow and two 3-pointers by Kramer pushed the lead to 51-32 with 10:56 to play. A three-point play by Benson and a 3-pointer by Joe Houchin extended the advantage to 58-34 with 8:18 left. B/EV went on a 10-0 run to make it 58-44 as the Tigers didn’t score again until McNamee hit a pair of free throws with 1:05 to play.
Kramer led the way with 19 points and Warrington finished with 10 points. Lindow and McNamee scored 9 points each. McNamee had seven assists, four rebounds and two steals while Lindow had five assists and two steals. Warrington added four assists and two steals and joined Kramer with three rebounds.
No player scored in double figures as B/EV ended the season with a 7-12 record.
“We were able to make a run near the end of the first half that really made the difference. Browerville was content to be very deliberate with the ball, and once we made the run to extend the lead, it kind of took that option away,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “We started the second half with a run that extended the lead to over 20, but Browerville hung around, and we didn’t do a great job late of scoring and making free throws. Our defense was good for most of the day, but we could’ve been better on the defensive glass.”
The Tigers will host No. 2 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the West title game on Wednesday (March 24). Tipoff at the Tiger Arena is set for 7 p.m. Nevis enters that game with an 18-2 record and a 10-game winning streak while B-B-E has a 16-4 record, going 9-1 in its last 10 games.
No. 2 Upsala plays No. 4 Barnum for the Section 5A East title. The Section 5A championship game will be played on Friday, March 25, at a site to be determined.
BROWERVILLE/EAGLE VALLEY: Uphus 4 0-0 9, Irsfeld 2 0-0 6, Meyer 3 0-0 6, Duncan 2 2-2 7, DeCock 0 1-4 1, Puck 3 0-0 6, Webster 1 0-0 3, Maloney 2 3-5 7. Totals: 17 (FG), 6 for 11 (FT).