On Jan. 30, the Cubs hosted the Eagles of Saydel. Nevada defeated the Eagles for the second time this season 54-19. In the first the Cubs jumped out early starting the game with a 10-0 run. Despite Saydel going on a 5-0 run of their own, Nevada finished the first with a 12-5 lead. In the second, the Cubs continued to play great on the defensive end, allowing the Eagles just three points in the second quarter. On the offensive end, Nevada outscored Saydel by 17 to take a 32-8 lead into the halftime break. The second half saw the Cubs continue to dominate the Eagles. In the third, the Cubs got cold on the offensive end, but continued playing great defense to take a 42-10 lead into the fourth. In the fourth, Nevada finished off the Eagles with a 14-9 quarter to defeat Saydel 54-19. Leading the Cubs in scoring with 11 was Brayden Bottorf; Anthony Ellis, 10; followed by Chase Lycke, nine and Jack Cahill, eight. Leading in rebounding was Henry Nelson, eight; Jarrett Fredin, five; followed by Cahill with four.
On Feb. 1, the JV boys traveled to South Hamilton to take on the Hawks. The Cubs defeated the Hawks 57-24 for the second time this season. In the first quarter, the Hawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the first, while the Cubs struggled getting their offense going. Nevada then finished out the quarter on a 10-1 run to take a 10-5 lead into the second. In the second, the Cubs continued to battle with the Hawks in the first part of the quarter. With about four minutes to go in the quarter, the Cubs held a four-point lead. Nevada started creating scoring opportunities with their defense and finished the quarter with a 30-18 lead at half. In the second half the Cub defense got stingy, holding South Hamilton to just six points for the entire half to win 57-24. The big key was how well we played on the defensive end. We were able to completely shut down the Hawks offense while putting up 27 points on the offensive end. Leading Nevada in scoring was Jack Cahill, Henry Nelson and Kody Kruschwitz with 10 apiece; Brayden Bottorf, eight; followed by Thomas Crawford and Chase Lycke with six each. The Cubs were led in rebounding by Cahill and Jacob Sanders with seven apiece, Kruschwitz, six and Nelson with five.
On Feb. 2, the Cubs traveled to Gilbert to take on a strong Tigers team for the second meeting of the season and the last conference game of the season. Gilbert defeated the Cubs 56-42, despite the Cubs’ great effort in the game. In the first quarter, the Cubs were able to keep the game close, down by two with four minutes to go in the quarter. The Tigers then went on a 13-3 run to take a 20-8 lead into the second. In the second quarter, the Cubs started scoring well in the paint against the Tigers defense. Nevada kept chipping away at the lead, pulling to within eight at the halfway point of the quarter. The Cubs closed that lead to four going into half, down 30-26. In the third, the Tigers were able to hold off the Cubs from getting closer than four points. Nevada was able to keep it close down 38-30 to start the fourth quarter. In the fourth, it was easy to see that the Cubs energy level was down and the Tigers were able to build the lead to 14 at the 4:00 minute mark of the quarter. That was as close as the Cubs could get, losing the game 56-42. I felt the kids put up a good effort, but I think playing four games in a week started to show in the fourth quarter. Leading the Cubs in scoring was Kody Kruschwitz with eight; Henry Nelson, seven; followed by Jacob Sanders and Chase Lycke, six each; and Thomas Crawford, five. In rebounding, Nevada was led by Brayden Bottorf, five; followed by Crawford, Nelson and Jack Cahill with three each.
On Feb. 6 Nevada traveled to Grundy Center to take on the Spartans. The Cubs defeated the Spartans in a hard fought 48-34 win. In the first quarter, both teams had a hard time finding the range on the offensive end. Nevada was running good offense to get good shots, but the ball wouldn’t find its way into the basket. The first quarter ended with a low scoring lead for the Cubs at 9-5. In the second quarter, the Cubs were able to extend the lead to nine, only to see the Spartans cut the lead to four with a few minutes remaining in the half. Nevada was able to build the lead back to eight, up 24-16 at halftime. In the second half, the game went the same as the first, with Nevada maintaining leads as much as 10 points. The Spartans wouldn’t go down easily, as they would cut the lead every time the Cubs got a run going. The Cubs were able to keep the lead at eight for most of the third quarter. In the fourth, the Cubs were able to extend their lead to 12 points with four minutes to go in the game. The Cubs defense proved too much for the Spartans as the Cubs outscored them 17-9 to come away with the 48-34 win. Leading the Cubs in scoring was Jack Cahill with 10; Brayden Bottorf, 9; Kody Kruschwitz, eight; followed by Chase Lycke and Henry Nelson with five each. In rebounding, Nevada was led by Cahill eight; Jarrett Fredin, seven; followed by Anthony Ellis and Bottorf with three each.
The Cubs hosted the Toreadors of Boone on Feb. 13 for their final game of the year. Boone defeated the Cubs 51-42 for Nevada’s sixth loss of the season. Nevada and Boone played even for most of the first quarter, with the Cubs holding a 12-11 lead going into the second. In the second, Nevada went cold on the offensive end, going against a tough Boone defense. By the end of the quarter, Boone had gone on an 18-3 run to go up 29-15 at the halftime break. In the third, Boone maintained the double digit despite the Cubs’ improvement in play from the first half. By the end of the quarter, Nevada was down 11 going into the fourth and final quarter. In the fourth, the Cubs were able to cut into the lead, running an aggressive full-court press and stepping up on the defensive end of the floor. With three minutes remaining in the game, Nevada had cut the lead to four, down 43-39. In the remaining minutes, the Cubs missed several scoring opportunities and had to start sending Boone to the free throw line. The Toreadors were able to knock down their free throws to come away with a nine-point win. Leading the Cubs in scoring was Henry Nelson, 18; Kody Kruschwitz, 10; followed by Chase Lycke, six and Thomas Crawford, five. In rebounding, Nevada was led Nelson with eight; Jack Cahill, four; followed by Brayden Bottorf, Jarrett Fredin and Anthony Ellis with three apiece.
Team members for the Nevada Cubs were Jacob Sanders, Chase Lycke, Brock Dutton, Andy Rhode, Devin See Jakob Strottman, Kody Kruschwitz, Thomas Crawford, Anthony Ellis, Brayden Bottorf, Jarrett Fredin, Ben Rima, Jack Cahill and Henry Nelson.