Led by senior guard Kade Bartelt, the Northwestern Tigers boys basketball team rallied past the Cumberland Beavers for a 55-51 victory Tuesday night at Elmer Beran Gym in Cumberland.
Despite scoring the final five points of the first half, the Tigers still found themselves trailing 30-19 at the intermission.
After Cumberland scored a quick basket in the second half, the Tigers clawed their way back and with 8:42 remaining a Bartelt 3-pointer made it a one-point game at 40-39.
It went to 45-39 for Cumberland before Tigers’ Brody Payton hit a free throw, Bartelt made another 3-pointer, and a Jenner Graff made a spinning basket in the lane to tie things up.
A Cumberland 3-pointer was matched by Bartelt and it was 48-48 with 4:10 remaining.
On the ensuing possession, senior Jeffery McClure came up with a steal and layup to give Northwestern its first lead of the game with 3:48 to go.
A Graff 3-pointer stretched the lead to five, and the Tigers closed it out for the four-point win.
Bartelt’s hot hand led to a game-high 29 points, including 21 in the second half. His total included making 7-of-7 3-point attempts and 2-of-3 shooting from the free-throw line.
Graff was next with 13 points, with all but three of the points coming in the second half, and Payton and McClure added seven and six points, respectively.
Payton also led the Tigers with eight rebounds.
Kobe Berghammer led Cumberland with 18 points, which included 7-of-8 on free throws. Riley Bodsberg added 14 points on four 3-pointers and two free throws.
“That was a total team effort,” NHS coach Steve Lahti said. “Of course Kade had a huge game, but all the players contributed and did what we wanted them to do. We showed a lot more patience and took good shots.”
Northwestern improves to 6-5 overall and 4-1 in the Heart O’ North Conference, while Cumberland Falls to 6-5 and 3-3.
The Tigers host Ladysmith at 7:15 p.m. Friday and play at St. Croix Central at 3:45 p.m. Saturday.
TIGER TALES: Northwestern won the JV game 50-47 and the “C” team improved to 4-1 with a 62-29 win.
Northwestern................. 19 36 — 55
Cumberland................... 30 21 — 51
Northwestern — Kade Bartelt 29, Jenner Graff 13, Brody Payton 7, Jeffrey McClure 6. Totals: 18 3-7 55
3-point goals — Bartelt 7, Graff 3.
Cumberland — Riley Bodsberg 14, Kobe Berghammer 18, Noah Schradle 6, Jack Martens 4, Nik Burling 4, Mitchell Koser 3, Andrew Barnes 2. Totals: 17 9-17 51.
3-point goals — Bodsberg 4, Schradle 2, Berghammer, Koser.
The Tigers fell to the Rice Lake Warriors 77-61 at home Tuesday night.
Brook Olson and Sam Soley had a lot to do with Rice Lake improving to 9-2 on the season.
Olson finished with a game-high 34 points, while Soley made six 3-pointers to finish with 18 points.
The Tigers had three players score in double figures led by Mac Correll, who scored 15 points on five 3-pointers.
Kennedy Nelson was next with 14 points and Katie Lundeen added 12.
The Tigers, who played at Chetek Thursday, are at St. Croix Central at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Rice Lake....................... 42 35 — 77
Northwestern................. 39 22 — 61
Rice Lake — Brooke Olson 34; Sam Soley 18, Katelyn Baribeau 2, Calli McCullough 8, Lexi Orr 4, Paityn Tiefs 5, Jordan Pagac 6. Totals: 29 6-10 77
3-point goals — Soley 6, McCullough 2, Olson, Orr, Tiels.
Northwestern — Mac Correll 15, Kennedy Nelson 14, Katie Lundeen 12, Torey Anderson 2, Karsyn Jones 5, Kasha Hughlett 2, Sydney Anderson 2, Sam Hoegen 4. Totals: 18 7-11 61
3-point goals — Correll 5, Jones.