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Bobcats stifle Lynx in 4th quarter to pull off 42-39 win
Marso sparks BV offense with 18 points
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

December 26. 2012 3:07PM
For the second game in a row, Brandon Valley’s fate came down to a last-second shot, but this time the ball was in the hands of an opponent, Brookings’ Tyler Nagy. After Nagy and the Bobcats held the Lynx scoreless for the final 6½ minutes, Nagy fired a 3-point shot with 3.2 seconds to lift his team to a 42-39 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory.

“It was an extremely physical game and one that we should be used to,” said Lynx head coach Brent Deckert. “Brookings did a great job in mixing up their defenses and as the game progressed, we just didn’t attack the hoop the way we had in previous games.”

The Lynx had minimal advantages at each of the first three quarter stops, a 14-13 lead after one, a 24-22 edge at halftime, and a 37-34 lead after three quarters.

Lynx junior Jacob Adams scored Brandon Valley’s lone basket in the fourth quarter. It came with 6:44 to play, to make it a 39-34 game.

And that’s when Brandon Valley’s offensive drought began.

With 2:08 left to play in the fourth, the Lynx held a slim 39-37 advantage until Nagy, who finished with 18 points, hit the hoop to notch the score at 39-all. That would be all the scoring until the final 3.2 seconds, when the Bobcat junior drained the game-winning 3-pointer.

The Lynx immediately called timeout, and drew up a game plan to inbound the ball to senior Chase Marso. Marso had an honest look at the basket, but his shot fell short when it hit the rim.

Deckert said the Lynx, now 3-1 in both their overall and ESD records, said a few of the team’s flaws came to light in this tightly-fought contest.

“This game was a grinder and we just failed to focus long enough to execute on the offensive end,” he said. “We’ve gotten away with this so far this year because we’ve shot the ball well and it’s covered up many of our mistakes.”

Brookings shot 41.4 percent (17-41) from the field, while the Lynx shot 33.3 percent (17-51).

Only four players scored for the Lynx Tuesday night. Marso led the charge with 18 points. Adam Bauer accounted for nine, while Adams and Nic Peterson both chipped in six.

Brandon Valley dominated the boards, 26-17. Leading that effort for the Lynx was Adams with 10. Marso and Bauer hauled in five apiece.

Bauer had four of the team’s seven steals; Brookings picked off six.

Brandon Valley registered eight assists, a solo blocked shot and eight turnovers.

Brookings listed four assists and turned the ball over on 12 occasions.

Deckert said there’s some value to be gained from the loss.

“Much like every game we struggle in, we’ll learn more from this one, hit the practice floor for the next two nights, compete a little more and get ready for Roosevelt,” he said.

Following their Dec. 21 home meeting with the Rough Riders, the Lynx are on break until Jan. 3 when they host the Watertown Arrows. The team hits the road for Aberdeen Central the following night, Jan. 4. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. for both games.

Brandon Valley 14 24 37 39
Brookings 13 22 34 42

Brandon Valley: Chase Marso 3 4 0-0 18; Adam Bauer 3 1 0-0 9; Jacob Adams 3 0 0-2 6; Nic Peterson 3 0 0-0 6. Totals: 12 5 0-2 39.

Brandon Valley's Nic Peterson gets caught in the air as he fouls Brookings' Kaleb Vig during the second quarter of the Lynx' 42-39 Eastern South Dakota Conference basketball loss to the Bobcats on Tuesday at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings. Photo by Troy Mahoney/The Brookings Register

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