Nevada freshmen opened the season on Dec. 5 against PCM. Early on, PCM took the lead. Nevada struggled scoring early and finished the first quarter trailing 9-4. During this stretch, the Cubs stayed in the game by playing good defense, keeping the score close. During the second quarter, the Cubs found their shooting range and put up 25 points in the second quarter. They went into halftime with a 29-26 lead. In the second half, Nevada opened up the lead to 11 points and maintained that lead until late in the game. PCM cut the lead to 3 with 50 seconds left in the game. The Cubs held off the Mustangs to win 59-55. This was a good way to get our season off to a good start - beating a quality PCM team. The Cubs were led in scoring by Tyler Shafer with 29 points including 5 three point shots, followed by AJ Strottman with 8, Simon Saunders 7 and Ross Mitchell 7. Leading rebounders in the game were Simon Saunders with 9 followed by Mitchell 8 Macade Matuska 8 and Strottman with 5.
On Dec. 12, the Cubs palyed Greene County. Nevada again struggled finding their shooting range early for the second straight game. They ended the first quarter with an 11-4 lead. The Cubs then went on a 19-5 run in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 30-9 lead. From the start of the second half our defense continued to keep the Ram’s offense off track and our offense continued putting points on the board. The Cubs finished strong and defeated the Ram’s 57-26. Leading the scoring was AJ Strottman with 12 points followed by Tyler Shafer with 11, Simon Saunders 9, Ross Mitchell 8 Ben Toot and Macade Matuska finished with 6 apiece. Leading the Cubs in rebounding with 9 was Mitchell followed by Strottman wiith 5, Shafer and Matuska with 4 each.
In the second game in 2 days the Cubs traveled to North Polk for their first road game of the season. The Cubs put together another solid performance in defeating North Polk 56-43. The Comets played a good first half defensively to keep the score to within 9 points at halftime. They were very aggressive on defense and did a good job of slowing done our offense. Despite their aggressive defense the Cubs came out in the second half and started to take control of the game. By the end of the third quarter Nevada built a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter and was able to extend the lead to 22 points before the Comets made a run late to close the gap at the end. The leading scorer for the Cubs was Tyler Shafer with 18 followed by Ross Mitchell, 11; Preston Shill, 7; Nate Albrecht, 5; and Matt Fortmann with 4. Leading Nevada in rebounding with 8 was Mitchell followed by Simon Saunders 5, Ben Toot and AJ Strottman with 4 each.
The Cubs next game was on Dec. 17, the last game before Christmas break. The game was played in Nevada and the Cubs got off to a fast start and never looked back for their fourth win in as many games against the Eagles. The game started with the Cubs jumping out to a 20-0 lead and closed out the first quarter 27-7. Nevada continued in the second quarter the same way they started. They did a good job of pushing the ball up the floor, and scored a lot of transition points which was good to see since we have not done real good job with that part of our game. The score at half was 40-13 and the Cubs went on to win 66-32. The defense continued to get better with the skills we work on in practice. We did a good job of pressuring them into making a lot of turnovers at the offensive end of the floor. This was a great game to start our break with as everyone was able to get a lot of minutes which is always good.
Leading The Cubs in scoring was AJ Strottman and Tyler Shafer with 11 each, followed by Ben Toot with 10, Ross Mitchell, 9; Simon Saunders with 7 and Macade Matusksa with 6. Leading rebounders wer Mitchell, Toot, Saunders and Matuska all with 4 each.
-Submitted by Coach Baethke