Boys Basketball: Cherry defeats Nevis in state Class A quarterfinal game

The Tigers will play Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in the consolation semifinals.

Cain Mitchell battled for a rebound in Nevis' state Class A quarterfinal game against Cherry at Williams Arena on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
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MINNEAPOLIS – Isaac Asuma was the difference in Cherry’s 68-57 win over the Nevis boys basketball team in a state Class A quarterfinal game at Williams Arena on Wednesday, March 23.

Asuma had 31 points and 17 rebounds as Cherry, the No. 5 seed, extended its winning streak to 13 games and avenged a 67-45 loss to the No. 4-seeded Tigers on Jan. 18 to advance to the semifinals. Nevis was rated No. 4 and Cherry was rated No. 15 in the Max Preps state poll entering the tournament.

The first half was a series of spurts for both teams before Cherry took the lead for good before the break.

A 3-pointer by Eddie Kramer and a layup by JohnPaul Benson gave Nevis a 7-0 lead with 14:49 to play in the first half before Cherry responded with a 9-0 run to take a 9-7 lead at the 12:56 mark. The Tigers used a jumper by Kramer, a layup by Ian Ahrendt and a basket off a rebound by Ty Warrington to stay within 16-11 at the 10:07 mark.

Nevis put together a 9-0 run as a pair of layups by Cain Mitchell, a 3-pointer by Kramer and a jumper by Joe Houchin produced a 22-16 advantage with 6:11 to go. Cherry countered with a 12-2 spurt behind 3-pointers by Noah Asuma and Sam Serna for a 28-24 edge with 30 seconds remaining. A layup by Noah Asuma gave Cherry a 30-26 halftime advantage.


Nevis’ Ty Warrington (0) tips a rebound away from Cherry’s Kaleb Rinerson (42) in the second half of the Tigers' 68-57 loss to Cherry in a quarterfinal game of the state Class A tournament Wednesday afternoon, March 23, 2022, at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.
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Cherry opened the second half with a 12-2 run for a 42-28 advantage with 12:59 to play. A layup by Austin Ahrendt, a jumper by Kramer and a 3-pointer by Warrington cut the gap to 44-36 at the 10:07 mark before Cherry reclaimed a 51-36 lead at the 8:08 mark. Austin Ahrendt and Kramer hit jumpers as Nevis trailed 59-42 with 5:09 left.

The Tigers made a late run as back-to-back layups by Warrington, a layup by Houchin and a 3-pointer by Kramer sliced the deficit to 61-52 with 2:34 remaining. But the Tigers managed only two free throws by Benson and a 3-pointer by Kramer the rest of the way.

Kramer (15) and Warrington (12) hit double figures for Nevis, which made 5 of 17 3-pointers. Mitchell had seven rebounds, Benson grabbed six rebounds and had two blocked shots, Warrington had five rebounds and two assists, and Mitchell had two steals as the Tigers fell to 27-4.

Noah Asuma (13) and Serna (10) also scored in double figures for Cherry, which improved to 27-4.

Nevis will play Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in a consolation semifinal game at 10 a.m. at Concordia-St. Paul on Thursday, March 24. R-T-R lost to No. 1-seeded Hayfield 66-49 in a quarterfinal game.

CHERRY: Isaac Asuma 11 9-11 31, N. Asuma 5 2-4 13, Isaiah Asuma 1 0-0 2, S. Serna 3 1-2 10, N. Serna 3 2-4 8, Carpenter 2 0-0 4. Totals: 25 for 51 (FG), 14 for 21 (FT).

NEVIS: Warrington 4 3-4 12, Kramer 6 0-0 15, Houchin 2 3-3 7, Mitchell 2 0-0 4, Benson 1 5-8 7, A. Ahrendt 3 0-0 7, I. Ahrendt 1 2-3 4, D. Lindow 0 1-3 1, T. Lindow 0 0-0 0, S. Lindow 0 0-0 0, Lewis 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 for 46 (FG), 14 for 21 (FT).

Halftime: Cherry 30, Nevis 26. Three-pointers: N. Asuma 1, S. Serna 3, Warrington 1, Kramer 3, A. Ahrendt 1. Team fouls: Cherry 21, Nevis 16. Fouled out: Warrington. Rebounds: Nevis 29 (Mitchell 7, Benson 6, Warrington 5, Kramer 3, A. Ahrendt 3, I. Ahrendt 2, D. Lindow 2, Houchin 1). Assists: Nevis 4 (Warrington 2, Benson 1, I. Ahrendt 1). Steals: Nevis 4 (Mitchell 2, Warrington 1, Houchin 1). Blocked shots: Nevis 5 (Benson 2, Warrington 1, Kramer 1, Mitchell 1). Turnovers: Cherry 12, Nevis 13.


1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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