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Tigers win two crucial league, section games

Avenging two losses earlier in the season moved the Nevis boys basketball team up in the Northland Conference and Section 5A standings. The Tigers avenged a 54-52 overtime loss to Pine River-Backus on Dec. 20 with a 56-45 win at Nevis on Feb. 4 a...

Avenging two losses earlier in the season moved the Nevis boys basketball team up in the Northland Conference and Section 5A standings.

The Tigers avenged a 54-52 overtime loss to Pine River-Backus on Dec. 20 with a 56-45 win at Nevis on Feb. 4 and avenged a 73-68 loss to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Jan. 8 with a 76-66 win at Walker on Feb. 5.

Those two wins lifted Nevis to 6-4 in the conference, 8-3 against section teams and 12-7 overall. PR-B fell to 6-4 in the conference, 8-2 in section games and 14-4 overall while W-H-A fell to 6-3 in the conference, 6-2 against section opponents and 12-5 overall. Cass Lake-Bena tops the conference standings at 10-0 while Red Lake is battling for second place with a 5-3 record. Cromwell-Wright tops the Section 5A North standings with a 13-3 record.

Defense keys win

In the first meeting, Brady Raph hit eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points in leading PR-B past the Tigers.

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In the rematch, Nevis' defense held Raph to 15 points to spark the win.

Two 3-pointers apiece by Ty Warrington and Eddie Kramer sparked the Tigers to a 28-24 halftime lead. Luke DeWulf, who finished with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, led the Tigers on the offensive end in the second half to preserve the lead.

Derek Lindow and Kramer scored 10 points each with Warrington (8), Ben Soldwisch (6) and Michael Landquist (5) rounding out the scoring. Landquist also had 11 rebounds and joined Lindow and DeWulf with three assists.

Torry Hirschey added 11 points for PR-B.

"This was a huge win in the section and conference standings for us. We kind of gave them the first meeting when we led by 10 late in the game and were not able to put the game away," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. "The difference in the game for us was our second half defense. It was a great team win as we continue in the midst of our conference schedule."

Fast start keys win

An 18-6 run early in the game set the tone as the Tigers took advantage of fouls to defeat the Wolves on the road.

W-H-A took an early 5-2 lead before four baskets by DeWulf and a pair of 3-pointers by Lindow gave the Tigers a 20-11 advantage at the 8:19 mark. Three-pointers by Kramer and Warrington and baskets by DeWulf and Lindow gave Nevis a 35-20 advantage at the half.

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After the Wolves closed the gap to 37-28, a 3-pointer by Kramer, a three-point play by DeWulf, and baskets by Soldwisch and Warrington pushed the lead to 50-32. A jumper by Warrington and a 3-pointer by Kramer kept the Tigers in front 59-46 before two baskets and a 3-pointer by DeWulf and two layups by Kramer down the stretch sealed the win.

DeWulf led the Tigers with 24 points and six rebounds while Lindow added 18 points, six assists and two steals. Kramer scored 17 points and had two steals while Warrington finished with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists. Landquist dished out four assists and Soldwisch grabbed five rebounds.

"We got off to a great start and held on to get a big road win in the conference and section races," said Kramer. "It was a great team effort for us on both ends. One of the keys was that with Walker fouling with their pressure, that we were in the double bonus early in the second half. We hit 21 for 28 free throws, which didn't really allow them to make any kind of run. Defensively, I thought we did a much better job of closing out on their perimeter shooters.They only hit one 3 in the first half, and a lot of their shots late were forced. So even though they did hit some shots late, we had a comfortable lead. These two wins are huge for us. It shows how much our young guys have improved since the first round of conference games. We need to continue improving as we come down the stretch towards tournament time."

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