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Boys Basketball: Nevis takes control in win over Pine River-Backus

The Tigers remained undefeated in Northland Conference play with a 79-55 victory.

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Ian Ahrendt (11) looked to put a shot over Pine River-Backus' Robert Bueckers during a Northland Conference game at the Tiger Arena on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.<br/>
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NEVIS – After failing to put away Pine River-Backus down the stretch in the first meeting this season, the Nevis boys basketball team made sure to not make the same mistake in the rematch at the Tiger Arena on Friday, Jan. 28.

PR-B made a late run in a 65-57 loss to the Tigers on Dec. 20. In the second game between these two Northland Conference and Section 5A rivals, Nevis avoided another close game by taking control early and pulling away in the second half in a 79-55 victory.

Eddie Kramer’s three 3-pointers and jumper and JohnPaul Benson’s 3-pointer and jumper gave Nevis a quick 19-9 lead. Two layups by Cain Mitchell and three-point plays by Benson and Ty Warrington pushed the advantage to 34-18 before a layup by Kramer, 3-pointers by Kramer and Warrington, and a layup by Mitchell produced a 44-29 advantage at the intermission.

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Cain Mitchell (4) put up a jumper during Nevis' win over Pine River-Backus at the Tiger Arena on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
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Jumpers by Mitchell and Kramer, a layup by Warrington, and a 3-pointer by Kramer kept Nevis in front 58-38 before a jumper by Devan Lindow, a basket off a rebound by Warrington, a 3-pointer by Kramer and a layup by Benson made it 68-42. Jumpers by Kramer and Ian Ahrendt along with a 3-pointer by Ethan Lewis capped off the win.

Kramer (28), Mitchell (13), Warrington (11) and Benson (11) scored in double figures for the Tigers. Warrington dished out 10 assists and joined Mitchell with seven rebounds while Benson had three rebounds and joined Austin Ahrendt with three assists. Kramer had four steals and Warrington and Mitchell had two steals each as Nevis improved to 7-0 in the conference, 5-0 against section opponents and 15-2 overall.

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Nevis' JohnPaul Benson drove in for a layup against Pine River-Backus on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
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Brady Bristow (17) and Jared Hamilton (13) combined for 30 points as PR-B fell to 5-3 in conference play, 4-3 against section teams and 8-9 overall.

“This was an important game for us in terms of the conference and section standings and we wanted to play better against them than we did in the first meeting where we let them make a late run to get it to a single digit game,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “I thought we made a statement with our defense as we held them in check.”

PINE RIVER-BACKUS: Tulenchik 1 0-0 2, Bristow 7 2-2 17, Hamilton 5 2-2 13, A. Bueckers 2 5-9 9, R. Bueckers 3 1-2 7, Struss 2 3-5 7. Totals: 20 (FG), 13 for 20 (FT).

NEVIS: Warrington 3 4-4 11, A. Ahrendt 1 5-7 7, D. Lindow 1 1-2 3, Kramer 11 0-0 28, T. Lindow 0 0-0 0, I. Ahrendt 1 0-0 2, Lewis 1 0-0 3, Klimek 0 0-0 0, Mitchell 5 3-4 13, Benson 4 2-5 11, Lester 0 1-2 1. Totals: 27 (FG), 16 for 24 (FT).

Halftime: Nevis 44, PR-B 29. Three-pointers: Bristow 1, Hamilton 1, Warrington 1, Kramer 6, Lewis 1, Benson 1. Team fouls: PR-B 17, Nevis 17.

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