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Washington Warriors tower over BV Lynx in 59-38 Metro Conference loss
By Staff reports

February 05. 2014 10:26AM
A pair of scorers went at each other Tuesday night at the Brandon gym when the Lynx played host to Washington.

Brandon Valley’s Nic Peterson and Washington’s Brett Stanley are both scoring threats for their respective teams, but on Tuesday it was Stanley leading the charge for the Warriors (7-5), scoring a game-high 24 points in a 59-38 victory.

While Stanley was exploding on the offensive end, scoring 15 in the first quarter alone, Peterson struggled to reach 10 points. He was held scoreless until the 2:33 mark of the second quarter.

“Nic’s a good player. He gets his shot off so quick,” Washington coach Craig Nelson said of preparing to defend Peterson. “You have to be close to him when he catches the ball or he’s going to get a 3-pointer off in a hurry. He’s got a good pull-up game, and he’s one of the toughest guards in the state to guard.”

The Warriors started the game with Stanley guarding Peterson, but Carter Keller and Ty Smith also spent significant minutes defending the senior sharpshooter.

“He’s a complete player,” Nelson said of Peterson. “Our guys really worked hard and made him take some tough shots.”

With the senior Stanley’s first quarter scoring barrage, the Warriors never trailed and built an 18-8 lead. Washington built the lead to as many as 24 in the second quarter.
The Warriors outscored Brandon Valley 22-10 in the second and led 40-18 lead at the break.

Playing with a comfortable lead, Stanley was held in check scoring just four second-quarter points to limit his halftime total to 19 points.

“We came out faster than they did,” Peterson said. “They started focusing on me in the second quarter and were chasing me. They just did everything they could to not let me touch the ball. They were trying to take me out of the game, and they were so focused on that, that we had other guys get going.”

Lynx head coach Brent Deckert said his team played “the worst half of basketball we’ve played all year.”

“In our first 20 offensive possessions, Washington had 40,” he said. “We pride ourselves on being a tough physical team, especially on the glass but Washington absolutely controlled the glass.”

The Warriors got their inside game going in the second half and fended off a mini-run by the Lynx (7-5) to open the second half.

The Lynx cut the lead to 42-31 with three minutes remaining in the third quarter, which was as close as they’d been since 22-10 early in the second.

Junior forward Deng Geu got into foul trouble early and played limited minutes, but his presence, along with Austin Heins, made the difference down the stretch.

Geu finished with six points and 10 rebounds, while Heins finished with nine points and six rebounds.

Senior Jacob Adams led the Lynx with a dozen points, while Peterson got 10. Devan West picked up eight.

“Our goal was to come out and cut into the lead and narrow the gap to around 10 by the fourth quarter,” Deckert said. “As poorly as we played in the first half we played outstanding in the first five minutes but we seemed to run out of gas soon after.”

Despite the setback, Washington’s coach – who’s familiar with the Lynx – isn’t taking the win lightly.

“Some times, everything just goes your way,” Nelson said. “They couldn’t get anything to fall and the loose balls were going our way. It’s just one of those nights. You feel good that you played well, but come tournament time, you know it’s not going to be the same way. They’re going to be a different team, and so will we.”

BV 8 18 33 38
SFW 18 40 49 59

Brandon Valley (7-5): Nic Peterson 3 3-4 10, Devan West 3 2-4 8, Ryan Immeker 0 2-2 2, Jacob Adams 5 2-4 12, Derek Johnson 0 0-0 0, Ryan Sjoberg 0 0-0 0, Dominic Nealy 0 0-0 0, Drew Reinschmidt 1 0-0 2, Austin Trevino 0 0-0 0, Tyler Erck 0 0-0 0, Kevin Peterson 1 0-0 2, Peter Choudek 0 2-2 2. Totals: 13 11-16 38.

Washington (7-5): Sam Siganos 0 0-0 0, Brett Stanley 8 7-8 24, Kevin Nelson 2 1-1 5, Deng Geu 1 4-4 6, Austin Heins 3 3-5 9, Clay Flolo 0 0-0 0, Iyasu Woche 0 1-2 1, Carter Keller 0 0-0 0, Amanuel 0 0-0 0, Ty Smith 0 0-2 0, Cole Benson 3 2-4 8, Tim Wood 0 0-0 0, Matt Farniok 3 0-2 6. Totals 20 18-28 59.

3-point goals – W 1 (Stanley), BV 1 (Peterson 1). Rebounds – W 42 (Geu 10), BV 16 (Adams 4). Assists – W 4 (Nelson 2), BV 0). Turnovers – 12 13, BV 11. Steals – W 10 (Siganos, Stanley 2), BV 6. Blocks – W 0, BV 0. Personal Fouls – W 18, BV 20. Fouled out – BV (Johnson).

Brandon Valley junior Drew Reinschmidt drives around his Washington defender, Brett Stanley, in Tuesday's 59-38 loss to the Warriors. Photo by Jill Meier

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