Blackducks – Austin Arendt scored a career-high 21 points on Thursday, January 5, as he led the Nevis Boys basketball team to a 60-43 victory over the Blackducks in the Northland Conference.
Alex Lester and Devan Lindow had 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively, with Lindow leading the way with 7 steals and 4 assists. Arendt recorded his four rebounds and his three steals while Joe Hochin and Christian Moe each recorded his two assists for Nevis as he led 27–23 in the first half.
The win gave the Tigers a 2-0 record in conference play. Blackduck went 1-1 in the conference, and he went 4-3 overall.
“An important win over a good Blackduck team has given us a good start to the new year. We were able to do it,” Nevis head coach Scott Kramer said. “I think our defense was really good. Our speed caused them a lot of trouble as they struggled to get the ball into the paint.”
Duluth – Isaac Asma scored 32 points in the Lake Superior Classic on Saturday, Jan. 7 in an 83-71 lead over the Tigers over the Cherry.
Arendt scored a career-high 23 points and John Paul Benson added 22 points. Houchin (12) and Lester (10) also scored his double-digit numbers and at half he drew 40-27. Lester, Lindow and Arendt each had six rebounds, while Lindow, Hoochin and Arendt each had three assists. Ho Ching stole twice.
The #1 Cherry in the latest state class A poll improved to 6-3, while the 20th-ranked Tigers fell to 6-3.
“In a rematch of last year’s state tournament, they got off to a great start with an early lead, but the Cherry just don’t happen to be considered one of the best teams. It was power because it forced turnovers, gave the team momentum, and gave them a double-digit lead,” Kramer said. They held us back with meter shots but couldn’t bring their lead down to less than 10 points. Mistakes would be turned into points, and that was the difference.