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Take two: Top-seeded Lynx sideline Warriors
By By Stu Whitney
Argus Leader Media

March 05. 2013 3:26PM
The Brandon Valley boys basketball team got a big lift from a likely source at just the right time in Tuesday’s District 2AA opener, advancing to the tournament finals with a 56-43 win over Washington at the Lynx gym.

The final score was not the story. Even Chase Marso’s 27 points were quiet in comparison to the Lynx timeout with 7:36 to play. That’s what changed the game if you were watching from the bleachers. Underdog Washington led District 2AA’s top seed 15-11 after one quarter, trailed 25-23 after two, then surged to a 39-34 lead after three quarters.

In the first seconds of the fourth quarter, Washington’s Brett Stanley hit an unhindered jumper to extend the Warriors’ lead to 41-34. Then came the timeout, where Brandon Valley coach Brent Deckert, just 24 seconds after encouraging his players to gear up for the fourth quarter, decided to encourage them again.

“I did light them up a little bit,” Deckert said. “It wasn’t in a bad way – we’re talking about a district game here – but at the same time we told them the whole game to that point had been Washington’s. We allowed them to do anything they wanted, they’d determined just about everything. Maybe (after the timeout) it was time to step up and get something accomplished.”

The Lynx outscored Washington 22-2 after that timeout. The Warriors trailed by just six points with less than two minutes to play but weren’t able to overcome the Marso-led late push.

“The first three quarters were an absolute grind,” Marso said. “They came out ready, give credit to them. They came out and played really hard – they beat us to loose balls for the first three quarters. But for some reason we were able to flip the switch in the fourth quarter and knock down a couple shots – it’s amazing what seeing a few shots go through the rim can do for your team and the crowd. It was electric in there.”

The Warriors, who were led by Stanley with 14 points, grabbed 10 offensive rebounds against the Lynx, consistently overcoming their own shooting issues with second-chance points.

“We were putting the ball inside where we wanted to, then we got away from that,” said Washington coach Craig Nelson, who was a Lynx assistant coach until this season. “We started playing a little bit not to lose, we lost some of our aggressiveness.”

Several of those shots came from Marso – a familiar sight for both coaches.

“If I have to get beat, I’m glad Chase is the guy,” Nelson said. “He’s the best kid I’ve ever coached – and I mean kid, not player. That whole team is full of great kids and they have a great coaching staff.”

In addition to Marso’s 27, Lynx juniors Nic Peterson and Jacob Adams scored 10 and eight points, respectively, for the Lynx. Jacob Bruget tossed in five.

Besides Stanley’s 14-point contribution for Washington, Grant Lewis and Sam Siganos accounted for eight points apiece.

The Warriors had the edge on the glass, 35-24. Adams and Devan West had three rebounds apiece for the Lynx.

The Lynx charted 14 fouls and had seven turnovers. The Warriors committed 19 fouls and had 13 turnovers.

Brandon Valley 11 23 34 56
Washington 15 25 41 43

Brandon Valley: Nic Peterson 4 0-0 10; Chase Marso 10 4-9 27; Adam Bauer 1 1-2 3; Jacob Adams 1 6-9 8; Nate Winter 0 1-2 1; DevanWest 1 0-1 2; Jacob Bruget 2 1-2 5; Cole Albertson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 13-25 56.

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