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Nevis eliminates Tigers

No. 5 Pine River-Backus was edged by No. 1 Nevis 57-53 in the North Subsection 5A semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 28, in Wadena. Hank Raph scored 18 points and Henry Krecklau added 10 for PR-B, which finishes 15-12 overall. "The kids played their he...

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No. 5 Pine River-Backus was edged by No. 1 Nevis 57-53 in the North Subsection 5A semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 28, in Wadena.

Hank Raph scored 18 points and Henry Krecklau added 10 for PR-B, which finishes 15-12 overall.

"The kids played their hearts out for their coaches, teammates, school, and community," said PR-B head coach John Riewer. "Unfortunately we came out on the short end of the stick. We had our chances and opportunities, we just struggled at times to capitalize on them. I can't say enough good things about the kids. We finished the season a better basketball team at the end than we were at the beginning of the season.

"I want to thank our two seniors Henry Krecklau and T.J. Lukanen for their contributions to our program. They will be missed."

Nevis enjoyed a 42-32 edge in rebounds despite nine by Korand Bueckers.

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Nevis 20 37 - 57

Pine River-Backus 23 30 - 53

NEVIS

Kevin Hale 6, Zach Henry 2, Courtland Chase 7, Gavin Becker 27, Griffin Chase 9, Michael Landquist 6. FG 13-42 (30 percent), FT 19-29 (65 percent). 3-point 4-15 (26 percent).

PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Zach Semmler 9, Hank Raph 18, Konrad Bueckers 7, Henry Krecklau 10, Zach Struss 9. FG 11-42 (26 percent), FT 13-18 (72 percent). 3-point 6-16 (37 percent).

Tigers 55, Bertha-Hewitt 36

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Zach Semmler topped four Tigers in double figures with 16 points to lead Pine River-Backus past the No. 4 Bertha-Hewitt Bears 55-36 in the North Subsection 5A quarterfinals.

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Hank Raph added 14 while Kenry Krecklau finished with 12 and Kiel Struss contributed 11 for the Tigers.

Raph also grabbed 13 rebounds and Zach Struss 11. Bueckers added four assists and four steals.

"We beat a good team on the road," Reiwer said. "We had lost to (B-H) 53-40 during the regular season. We have improved a great deal during the season."

"Zach Semmler had one of his best offensive games of the year tonight. We also played great team defense, and we had a balanced team offensive attack."

Bertha-Hewitt 21 15 - 36

Pine River-Backus 24 31 - 55

BERTHA-HEWITT

Preston Riewer 16, Zach Mousseau 3, Tylor Waln 5, Riley Boehland 10, Jordan Frethem 2. FG 7-35 (20 percent), FT 9-10 (90 percent). 3-point baskets 4-24 (16 percent).

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PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Zach Semmler 16, Hank Raph 14, Konrad Bueckers 2, Kiel Struss 11, Henry Krecklau 12. FG 17-44 (39 percent), FT 15-24 (62 percent). 3-point baskets 2-9 (22 percent).

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