Tigers pick up two impressive wins

The Nevis boys basketball team defeated Upsala and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at the Tiger Arena.


The Nevis boys basketball team followed an impressive Section 5A win with an impressive Northland Conference win at the Tiger Arena.

Ty Warrington (15), Eddie Kramer (14), Derek Lindow (14) and Joe Houchin (11) scored in double digits in leading the Tigers to a 74-49 win over Upsala in a game between section teams on Thursday, March 4.

Lindow added eight assists, three rebounds and three steals, Cain Mitchell had six rebounds and two steals, Jack McNamee chipped in four rebounds and three assists, and Warrington had three assists for the Tigers, who led 35-24 at the half.

Upsala entered this game as the No. 2 seed in the East behind East Central while Nevis was the No. 2 seed in the West behind Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Section 5A standings. The loss dropped Upsala to 11-5.

“This was a good test for us,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “We were able to get the lead and respond every time they made a run.”


Nevis dominated the second half in a 95-47 Northland Conference win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Saturday, March 6.

Kramer paced the Tigers with 24 points while Lindow (19 points, 10 assists) and Warrington (15 points, 10 assists) had double-doubles. Mitchell also hit double figures with 17 points while adding four rebounds. Lindow had four rebounds and two steals, Warrington had five steals, and McNamee contributed four assists and three rebounds. The Tigers led 35-26 at the half before erupting for 60 points after the break.

Nevis, which defeated the Wolves 87-56 on Feb. 2, maintained first place in the conference standings with an 11-1 record. Cass Lake-Bena is 10-1. W-H-A fell to 3-9 in the conference and 3-12 overall while the Tigers improved to 14-2 overall.

“After a very sluggish first half where we were sloppy on both ends of the floor, we picked things up in the second half with an early run to increase our 9-point halftime lead to more than 20 and never looked back,” said Kramer. “We just didn’t win any of the hustle plays in the first half, and we had a number of careless turnovers which kept Walker in the game. The second half was much better. We shot 10 for 14 from behind the arc, which really put the game away.”

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