Cromwell-Wright defeats Tigers in section semifinals
Cromwell-Wright relied on defense and 3-point shooting to earn the No. 1 seed in the North for the Section 5A boys basketball tournament.
The Cardinals relied on that combination to advance to the Section 5A championship game with a 69-51 victory over Nevis Wednesday night (March 13) at Brainerd.
Cromwell-Wright led all Class A teams by allowing only 41.1 points a game while attempting an average of 22 3-pointers a night to spark the offense. The Cardinals held Nevis to 22 first-half points and three 3-pointers in the game while making nine 3-pointers on the offensive end to return to the section title game.
Nevis, the No. 3 seed, was able to offset 3-pointers by Marcus Pocernich and Isaac Shelton as baskets by Michael Landquist and Luke DeWulf and a 3-pointer by Derek Lindow produced a 10-10 tie.
Three-pointers by Shelton and Pocernich sparked a 10-0 run as Cromwell-Wright claimed a 20-10 lead before a 3-pointer by Micah Pocernich and a basket off a rebound by Cameron Cahoon made it 28-16. Landquist’s three inside baskets led the Tigers. Baskets by Landquist, DeWulf and Lindow cut the gap to 28-22 before a basket off a rebound by Jaden Gronner gave the Cardinals a 30-22 lead at the half.
Another 3-pointer by Shelton capped a 9-1 run to start the second half as Cromwell-Wright led 39-23. A basket by DeWulf and a 3-pointer by Lindow made it 39-28 before a 3-pointer by Micah Pocernich and a putback by Gronner gave the Cardinals a 45-28 advantage.
A 3-pointer and jumper by Ty Warrington, a putback by Landquist, a layup by DeWulf and a jumper by Lindow kept Nevis within 54-43 before a 3-pointer by Marcus Pocernich pushed the lead to 58-43.
After a layup by DeWulf and three free throws by Eddie Kramer cut the gap to 58-48, a layup by Marcus Pocernich was followed by a jumper and layup by Gronner as the Cardinals claimed a 64-48 lead. A layup by Shelton sealed the win.
Landquist (15), Lindow (13) and DeWulf (12) scored in double figures for the Tigers, who end the season with an 18-11 record. Nevis was eliminated from the section playoffs in the North title game last season as Cromwell-Wright prevailed 55-50.
Marcus Pocernich (17), Shelton (15), Micah Pocernich (14) and Gronner (10) led a balanced offensive attack for the Cardinals, who improved to 24-3. Cromwell-Wright defeated the Tigers 67-55 on Feb. 22.NEVIS: Warrington 2 3-5 8, DeWulf 5 2-2 12, Lindow 4 3-3 13, Kramer 0 3-3 3, Landquist 6 3-4 15, Soldwisch 0 0-0 0, McNamee 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 (FG), 14 for 17 (FT).