Peterson erupts for 26 points against Lincoln
January 14. 2014 2:22PM
Brandon Valley’s Nic Peterson stole the show Thursday night, scoring a game-high 26 points as the Lynx pulled away in the second half for a 53-40 boys basketball Metro Conference win over Lincoln.
The 5-foot-10 senior hit five 3-pointers on the night, several coming in difficult situations or as the clock was winding down.
It was obvious that neither the Lynx nor Lincoln are afraid of the 3-point shot, as the two teams combined for 40 shots from beyond the arc, with Peterson going 5-for-11.
“When Nic gets on a roll, he’s pretty dang good,” said Brandon Valley coach Brent Deckert. “We have to have a mindset to attack, and if that means teams are giving us the three, then we’ll take the three. We talk about how certain guys have certain roles in our offense, just like in our defense, and some roles don’t apply to some people on offense. And one of them is Nic. If he gets a feel for something, then we have to let him go.”
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with four ties and eight lead changes. The biggest lead for either team came at the buzzer of the first half, when Peterson hit a deep 3-pointer from the corner to make it 27-21. Prior to the buzzer-beater, Brandon Valley’s biggest lead was at 7-3 on an Austin Trevino 3-pointer.
“It’s always fun you have a night like that,” Peterson said. “We swung the ball tonight. It’s not a one-man show. Once you get everybody involved, everything really seems to come together.”
Adds Deckert: “Nic had a great night and with the help of his teammates he makes it look easy.”
Coming out of the break and the six-point lead, Peterson drilled another 3-pointer just 23 seconds into the third quarter for a 30-21 lead. The Lynx (3-3) built the lead to as many as 14 points at 37-23 midway through the third period when Jacob Adams hit two free throws.
As the Lynx widened their lead, the Patriots (2-5) were struggling through a devastating drought. Lincoln went 9:10 over two quarters with just one basket, and the Lynx outscored the Patriots 17-2 during that stretch.
“It’s obviously a momentum game, and it’s nice to get that last score before the half,” Deckert said. “We wanted to just keep the pressure on them as much as we possibly could. We wanted to make it hard for them to run their stuff.”
Despite trailing by 14 after the drought, the Patriots rallied late in the third quarter and cut it to six at 37-31 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Cameron Burgard and Addison Park.
Lincoln guard Tate Lindsay had his hands full all night trying to cover Peterson. For the most part, Lindsay held his own, but if Peterson found himself open for even just a moment, he made the Patriots pay.
Brandon Valley point guard Devan West, along with Peterson, had little trouble breaking down any Lincoln pressure in the fourth quarter, and the Lynx penetration and kick-out game was in full stride in the fourth quarter.
“That’s Devan’s game,” Deckert said of handling the pressure and distributing the ball. “When he gets it going and gets a shoulder beside you, he’s pretty good. He’s got a knack of getting some contact and creating a foul and making some plays for himself. When he pitches it and becomes unselfish, we’re a really good team.”
Deckert cited Thursday’s victory as “the best team victory we’ve had all year.”
“It’s always nice to see the boys get rewarded for their effort and tonight was one of those nights,” he said. “Sioux Falls Lincoln is a very difficult team to match up against with their size and strength. Overall we are tremendously pleased with our defensive intensity. We have some boys right now that are eager to get on the court and we can especially see it on the defensive end.”
BV 12 27 42 53
SFL 14 21 31 40
BV 53, SFL 4
Brandon Valley: Nic Peterson 3 5 5-8 26; Devan West 1 0 0-0 2; Jacob Adams 2 0 3-4 7; Derek Johnson 0 0 0-0 0; Dominic Nealy 1 0 0-0 2; Kevin Petersen 0 0 2-2 2; Austin Trevino 1 1 2-2 7; Drew Reinschmidt 1 0 1-2 3; Ryan Immeker 1 0 0-0 2; Peter Choudek 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 11 6 13-18 53.
3-Point Goals – LHS 5 (Krause 2), BV 6 (Peterson 5). Assists: BV-2 (West 2); LHS – 0. Rebounds: BV 23 (N. Peterson 4, Adams 4, K. Petersen 4, Choudek 4); LHS 28 (Dunn 7). Steals: BV-7 (Reinschmidt 2, Johnson 2); LHS 4 (Rector 2). Blocks – BV 0, LHS 0. Turnovers: BV-10; LHS - 15. Personal Fouls – BV 12, LHS 17. Fouled out – LHS (Lindsay).