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Lynx even score with Bobcats in 60-53 ESD Conference win
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

February 06. 2013 9:16AM
The Lynx evened the score with the visiting Bobcats Friday night, as they upended fourth-ranked Brookings 60-53. In mid-December, the narrow 42-39 win went Brookings’ way.

But this Friday night belonged to the Lynx.

“This was a great high school basketball game. Both teams were evenly matched,” summed up Lynx head coach Brent Deckert.

But the difference Friday was a balanced scoring attack by the Lynx, who were led by Jacob Adams, Chase Marso and Adam Bauer. Adams led the charge with 18 points, Marso accounted for 16 and Bauer dropped in an additional 10. Brookings relied heavily on Braxton Carlson, who delivered 22 points for the Lynx. Kaleb Vig dropped in nine.

Going into Friday’s game, Deckert wasn’t sure how the Lynx would match-up against Brookings.

“We were a bit concerned with how Chase would come out and play,” Deckert said.
“He didn’t practice all week due to a wrist injury. But this may have been one of the best team games we’ve played all year.”

Brandon Valley gained its edge in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bobcats 19-12 to pull off the ESD victory. The Lynx led at the end of both the first and second quarters – 15-9 and 28-25 – but a 16-point third-quarter surge was enough to even the score at 41-all at the end of three.

Deckert credited the play of a pair of seniors and a junior in helping to secure the win.
“Adam Bauer played a great game in getting everyone involved and matching up with one of the best guards in the state,” Deckert said. “Adam has always brought a little attitude to the floor and he and Devan West compliment each other quite well.

“Jacob Adams had an incredible game,” the coach went on to say. “He is such a tough match-up for some because of his ability to take guys inside the paint and he can make enough shots to force you to respect his perimeter game as well.”

Brandon Valley had better success in the paint than the Bobcats. The Lynx were 11-for-23, while Brookings hit 9-of-18. At the free throw line, Brandon Valley capitalized on 16-20, while Brookings planted 10-12.

The teams matched up on the boards, with the Lynx grabbing one more than the Bobcats, 25-24. Jacob Bruget latched onto six, while Nic Peterson, Bauer and Adams all had four.

Bauer also contributed four steals and seven assists to the win.

Brandon Valley 15 28 41 60
Brookings 9 25 41 53

Brandon Valley: Nic Peterson 0 1 1-2 4; Chase Marso 2 4 0-0 16; Dominic Nealy 0 0 0-0 0; Devan West 1 0 2-3 4; Adam Bauer 1 0 8-9 10; Jacob Adams 6 1 3-5 18; Nate Winter 2 0 2-2 6; Jacob Bruget 1 0 0-0 2; Cole Albertson 0 0 0-0 0; Ryan Immeker 0 0 0-0 0; Kevin Petersen 0 0 0-0 0; Ryan Sjoberg 0 0 0-0 0; Jon Heiberger 0 0 0-0 0; Derek Johnson 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 6 16-21 60.

"Hands off," seems to be the look Brandon Valley's Chase Marso is gives Brookings' Tyler Nagy (14) and Konner Best in Friday's 60-53 win over the fourth-ranked Bobcats. The win improves the Lynx to 9-5 on the season. Photo by Jill Meier

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