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Lynx oust Pats in 71-43 win for state berth
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

March 05. 2013 3:20PM
There’s a senior class at Brandon Valley that knows no other ending to a sports season than the state tournament.

So it should come as no surprise that the Lynx boys are heading to the Class AA State Tournament next week. They made their point loud and clear before an electrified hometown crowd Friday night in the Brandon gym, where they solidly defeated the visiting Lincoln Patriots 71-43.

“We’ve had an edge the last two weeks in practice and these seniors weren’t going to let it go – not this one,” said Lynx head coach Brent Deckert. “It’s one thing to play that well, but to do it at home in front all of Brandon – what a treat for the community.”

It was a treat for Deckert as well, whose birthday was on Friday.

“It was a great birthday present,” he adds.

Beyond the candles and cake though, offensively, the night belonged to senior Chase Marso, who sparked the Lynx in the first half, and junior Nic Peterson who took control of the second half when the Pats double- and even triple-teamed Marso at times.
Marso and Peterson finished with 30 and 26 points, respectively. The Lynx senior did most of his damage in the opening half, scoring 21 points– 13 in the first period alone – and Peterson took charge of the second half, dumping in 15 points in the third stanza.

It was Peterson’s second-half 3-point show that got ignited the hometown crowd.

“They were just getting me open,” Peterson said. “The credit goes to those guys. I wasn’t really thinking about it. I was just catching the ball and shooting, but whatever – it’s fun this way to win a game like this.”

After rolling to a 20-17 lead in the first quarter, sparked by a flurry of Marso 3-pointers, Lincoln was able to close the gap to 22-21 on an Addison Park layup off a Luke Meyers pass. But the Lynx – nor Marso – couldn’t be silenced when he his fifth 3-pointer of the first half, pushing the lead to nine with 2:01 to go in the half. By the break, Brandon Valley had a 34-26 edge.

Brandon Valley’s dominance continued in the third quarter, this time led by Peterson’s 3-point attack. At the 5:10 mark, the Lynx junior hit a 3-pointer, then went on to score Brandon Valley’s next 15 points, hitting four consecutive 3-pointers with the only miss coming when he was fouled on what would have been his fifth straight from beyond the arc. He made all three to give Brandon Valley a 54-31 edge late in the third.

The Lynx rode out the fourth quarter, out-scoring the Patriots 15-4.

“It was one of those nights,” Deckert said. “When I saw how Chase’s first shot left, I knew this could be a money night – and it was.”

The Lynx, now winners of seven straight, made 13 3-pointers in all.

“We’ve seen this before from those two kids but they haven’t (combined) it like that in a game before tonight,” Deckert said. “To do it in a game like this tells you a little bit about how competitive they are. And it was awesome to have a kid like Chase play so well in his last game in this gym. That, to me, is about as special as it can get.”

Deckert anticipates the Lynx will get a No. 4 or 5 seed for the March 14-16 tournament at the Sioux Falls Arena. The brackets will be determined following Tuesday’s region games.

Brandon Valley 20 36 56 71
S.F. Lincoln 17 26 39 43

Brandon Valley: Nic Peterson 6 9-11 26; Chase Marso 7 9-9 30; Devan West 0 0 0-0 0; Jacob Adams 1 0-0 2; Adam Bauer 2 1-2 6; Nate Winter 1 0-0 2; Jacob Bruget 0 0-0 0; Cole Albertson 1 0-0 3; Ryan Immeker 0 2-2 2; Kevin Petersen 0 0-0 0; Ryan Sjoberg 0 0-0 0; Jon Heiberger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 20-23 71.

Brandon Valley boys won the District 2AA title Friday night with their 71-43 defeat over the Lincoln Patriots. Members of the Class AA State Tournament-bound Lynx are, from left, row one: Dominic Nealy, Adam Bauer, Ryan Sjogren, Austin Trevino and Nic Peterson; row two: Ryan Immeker and Devan West row three: Jacob Adams, Nate Winter, Chase Marso, Kevin Petersen, Jacob Bruget, Tyler Erck, Jon Heiberger, Drew Reinschmidt, Derek Johnson and Cole Albertson Photo by Jill Meier

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