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Patriots, Tigers prove to be too much for PR-B Tigers

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Beau Howard led Pine River-Backus in scoring with 16 points in the Tigers’ 69-44 loss to the visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots in non-conference boys’ basketball action on Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Travis Jacobson scored a game-high 28 points while Jordan Redmond added 17 to lead Pequot Lakes, who improve to 4-3 overall. The Tigers fall to 1-6 overall.

PR-B was scheduled to host a holiday tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22. The Tigers were to face Henning on Dec. 21.

PR-B made 16 of 40 shots from the field. They were an admirable seven for 10 from the free-throw line, pulled down 19 rebounds and had 11 assists. Howard was four for 10 from the field and seven of eight from the free throw line. The Tigers scored 13 points from the center position, with junior center Saul Sasse having seven points and freshman Zach Struss adding six points. Freshman guard, Hank Raph contributed five points, and T.J. Lukanen had four points. Konrad Bueckers and Travon Pederson each had three points in the game coming off a successful 3-point shot.

Nevis 74, PR-Backus 56

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, The Tigers lost to Nevis in Pine River. The game remained a close match for much of the time, but Nevis proved to be too much for the home Tigers. Nevis began with a lead and never relinquished it despite several opportunities when PR-B closed to within one possession, but each time the visiting Tigers were able to make important baskets to widen the margin.

The Tigers led off the game with a turnover on defense which led to a chance to score the first points of the game, however, Nevis created a turnover almost immediately as well. Nevis was able to get the first point of the game after being fouled, and going 1/2 from the line. PR-B came right back with a basket from Howard to take an early lead.

Nevis responded with a 3-pointer from the corner to take back the lead as the pace of the game began to speed up. Nevis started to turn up the pressure on defense, which led to several turnovers by PR-B, often leading to quick points by Nevis. Fortunately for PR-B, Howard made a three-pointer just as it appeared Nevis was beginning to pull away.

The game went back-and-forth as both teams started to make baskets. Howard scored on a 12-foot jump shot and freshman center Zach Struss made a layup to get things going for the home team. After a defensive stop the Tigers took a 3-point attempt to keep the momentum going, unfortunately the shot came off the front of the rim. Nevis took advantage of the opportunity to keep the lead in their favor with a successful shot on their end of the court.

Nevis began to make some of their shots and build up a lead, with 7:37 left in the first half the Nevis Tigers had created a 22-13 lead. Pine River-Backus had many opportunities to get back into the game. They began creating turnovers, but struggled on the offensive end, often giving the ball back to Nevis. For the next several minutes, the game saw very little change on the scoreboard, with neither team able to find a way to score.

PR-B was able to battle back during the final minutes of the first half and put a dent into Nevis’s lead, going into the locker room down by a score of 33-27.

The Tigers started the second half with a difficult rebound on defense and scored the first points of the half on 3-pointer to get to within three points and got the home crowd excited. Nevis was able to answer back with a successful three-pointer of their own and then scored immediately after on an inbounds steal to widen their small lead.

Midway through the second half, the home team was down 52-40. PR-B never got away from their offensive, continuing to play a patient style, moving the ball to find an open player.

They also continued to play tough on the defensive end of the court. With seven minutes left in the game and a 14 point deficit, Howard created a turnover on the inbounds by Nevis and turned for a layup, and appeared to get fouled for a possible three-point play, but was instead called for traveling on his shot, as the crowd reacted with disappointment. In the end, the scoreboard showed Nevis up by a score of 74-56.

Scoring Summary: The Tigers were 15/32 from two-point range and an excellent 8/16 from behind the three-point line. Pine River-Backus uncharacteristically, made it to the free throw line a season low four times as a team, of which they made two.

Beau Howard led the way for Pine River-Backus with 17 points on an 8/16 night from the field, which included 1/2 from behind the arc. Travon Pederson had a season-high 15 points. Pederson led the Tigers from behind the 3-point line with an impressive 5/9 showing. Saul Sasse and T.J. Lukanen each contributed 6 points to their teams total. Sasse went 3/6 from the field and Lukanen went 2/2 from 3-point range. Konrad Bueckers had 4 points, Hank Raph and Zach Struss each had 3 points. Struss also led the team with 8 rebounds, and Tony Pederson had 2 points.

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