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Lynx boys ‘pop’ Kernels hopes in 57-44 ESD win
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

January 14. 2014 2:13PM
The Lynx boys held the Mitchell Kernels to just two points in the opening quarter of Tuesday’s 57-44 victory in Eastern South Dakota Conference action in Brandon.

Brandon Valley put up 13 points in the opening stanza, forcing Mitchell to commit turnovers, which led to easy layups, while limiting the Kernels to a single basket.

Much of the work was done by a pair of senior post players – Jacob Adams and Derek Johnson – who led the team with 19 and nine points respectively. The duo, along with fellow senior Devan West, were the workhorses under the basket. Adams hauled in 10 caroms, while Johnson and West each had six.

Brandon Valley kept the momentum going in the second, opening with a 6-2 run, to put the Lynx up by 15 (19-4). That’s when the Kernels began to claw their way back, going on a 10-1 run to make it a 20-14 game.

The Lynx didn’t stay idle long though as they extended their lead to 10 before Mitchell sophomore Kanin Nelson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to narrow the gap to seven for a 29-22 halftime score.

“Basketball is always a game of runs and we sort of created their run by Devan (West) and Nic (Peterson) just throwing the ball to the Kernels,” said Lynx head coach Brent Deckert. “Turnovers aren’t always a factor but when they lead to easy hoops it can really drain some energy, and both Devan and Nic know that. They are good, smart players and they won’t keep making the same mistakes over and over.”

The Mitchell offense, which produced a dozen points in the third, got within a point of the Lynx, thanks to a series of five points scored by Beau Brown, who finished with 24.

The Kernels continued to knock at the door in the opening minutes of the fourth, trailing 43-38 with six minutes to play. Brandon Valley then opened an 8-0 run behind the firepower of Adams, who scored four points in the endeavor.

g poorly lately, our guys have been working very hard in practice. Our major emphasis will always be on defense because when we struggle and lose games it’s the first thing that most teams will loosen up on.”

In addition to point contributions by Adams and Johnson, three Lynx – Drew Reinschmidt, West and Kevin Petersen – all finished with six points.

Besides Brown’s double-digit effort, Neil Schlimgen had eight points.

The Lynx turned in a 34 percent effort from the floor, 19-56, and planted 13-of-20 free throws (65 percent). The Kernels were comparable to the Lynx in their efforts from the floor, hitting on 18-of-54 (33 percent), but had a miserable night at the free throw line, converting just 4-of-24 (17 percent).

Brandon Valley had the edge on the boards, though, out-rebounding their guests 41-24 with Adams’ 10 leading the way. West hauled in six, and Nic Peterson and Reinschmidt both grabbed five.

The Lynx charted seven assists, three steals and 15 turnovers, while Mitchell had four steals and eight turnovers in the loss.

“We made lineup changes about every 2-3 minutes and although no one really had a chance to get into the flow of the game before we took them out, it was great to see all the guys get rewarded with a win after all the effort they’ve put in this so far this year,” Deckert said.

Brandon Valley 13 29 40 57
Mitchell 2 22 34 44

Brandon Valley: Nic Peterson 1 0 0-0 2; Devan West 1 0 4-4 6; Ryan Immeker 2 0 0-0 4; Jacob Adams 8 0 3-5 19; Derek Johnson 3 1 0-0 9’ Ryan Sjoberg 0 0 0-0 0; Dominic Nealy 1 0 1-2 3; Drew Reinschmidt 0 1 3-4 6; Austin Trevino 0 0 1-2 1; Ryan Larson 0 0 0-0 0; Tyler Erck 0 0 0-0 0; Kevin Petersen 3 0 0-1 6; Peter Choudek 0 0 1-2 1; Reid Grode 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 2 13-20 57.

3-point goals: M 4-24 (Brown, Schlimgen, Nelson, Jones), BV 2-11 (Johnson, Reinschmidt); Rebounds: M 30 (Miller 7), BV 44 (Adams 9); Assists: M 3 (Miller, Schlimgen, Nelson), BV 6 (Reinschmidt 3); Steals: M 6 (Brown 2), BV 2 (Adams, Nealy); Turnovers: M 14, BV 10; Team fouls: M 16, BV 11; Technical fouls: None.

Lynx senior Jacob Adams scores two points on this layup in Tuesday's 57-44 ESD Conference win against the visiting Mitchell Kernels. Adams led the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Photo by Jill Meier

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