Boys basketball: Nevis end Verndale's playoff run

The teams were evenly matched at halftime but Nevis steamed ahead in the second half.

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The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines.
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WADENA — Nevis took charge of the second half to end the Verndale Pirates' season on Saturday, March 12, in Subsection 5A semifinal action.
With Nevis up 23-22 at the half, it appeared it was going to be a nail-biter ending. Unfortunately, Nevis showed why they are now 25-3 this season. The Tigers' defense was too much and their offense was spot on as they pulled ahead to a 64-51 finish.
Giving some needed muscle to the Pirate's offense was Brandon Greenwaldt with 23 points on the night.
The Tigers were led by JohnPaul Benson with 22, Eddie Kramer with 18 and Mathias Warrington with 14.
The Pirates had to work for every chance at the hoop as the Nevis defense did well to lock down each player. The Pirates didn't make it easy either, but Nevis found the upper hand and numerous breakaways with considerable height down low. In the waning minutes, the Pirates even tried a full-court press, which was easily unwound as Nevis had no trouble finding an open man down the court.

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Verndale senior Brandon Greenwaldt jumps above the Nevis defenders on Saturday, March 12, 2022, in Wadena.
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Nevis senior Eddie Kramer had some important three-point shots that the Pirates struggled to respond to.
In the final two minutes, the Pirates started tacking on the fouls in an effort to regain possession but Nevis made good on their free throws adding on seven more points.
Verndale ends their season 14-13.
Nevis goes on to take on Browerville after they defeated Swanville 54-49 also on Saturday night in Wadena.

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Verndale senior Josh Johnson looks to penetrate the Nevis defense on Saturday, March 12. 2022, in Wadena.
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