The Nevada JV boys traveled to Bondurant on Jan. 18 to take on the Bluejays. The Cubs defeated the Bluejays 51-43 in a hard fought non-conference win. In the first quarter Nevada started out quick, building an 18-5 lead halfway through the quarter. The Cubs offense stalled out and the Bluejays got hot, going on a 10-0 run to end the quarter. In the second quarter, both teams struggled to score, with both teams playing well on the defensive end of the floor. The Bluejays outscored the Cubs 12-7 to take a 27-25 lead into the halftime break. In the third quarter, both teams played even throughout the quarter, trading baskets for the full eight minutes. The score was tied 37-37 going into the fourth. In the fourth, Nevada stepped up their game on both ends of the floor. The Cubs defense was able to hold the Bluejays to seven points in the quarter while putting up 14 on the offensive end to pull out a 51-43 win. Leading the Cubs in scoring with 11 was Jack Cahill; Thomas Crawford added 10; Kody Kruschwitz eight; followed by Brayden Bottorf, Anthony Ellis and Jarrett Fredin with six each. Leading in rebounding was Cahill with eight; Bottorf and Jacob Sanders five, followed by Chase Lycke, Jarrett Fredin and Anthony Ellis with four each.

On Jan. 19, the Cubs hosted the Comets of North Polk. In the first meeting, Nevada beat the Comets 71-53. The second meeting was more of a defensive battle, with both teams struggling on the offensive end, but the Cubs came away with a 40-31 win. In the first, the Cubs jumped out quick with a 12-3 run to start the contest. Just as it looked like Nevada was onto a dominating win, their offense slowed down and went into the second quarter up 16-8. In the second, the Cubs played outstanding on the defensive end, holding the Comets to just two points in the quarter. On the offensive side, Nevada still couldn’t get it going, only putting up eight points in the quarter to take a 24-12 lead at half. In the third, both teams traded baskets as the Cubs were able to maintain their lead going into the fourth, up 37-27. The fourth saw both teams again struggling on the offensive end. Both teams played very good defense, but were only able to put up four points — the Cubs held on to win 40-31. Leading the Cubs in scoring was Jarrett Fredin 10; Jack Cahill eight; followed by Kody Kruschwitz, Jacob Sanders and Brayden Bottorf, seven each. In rebounding, Nevada was led by Fredin nine, Thomas Crawford and Bottorf four each, followed by Cahill and Henry Nelson with three apiece.

On Jan. 26, the Cubs traveled to Roland-Story to take on the Norseman for the second meeting of the season. In the first meeting, Nevada had to come back from a big deficit, only to lose 61-56 in a hard-fought game. In the second meeting, the Cubs were able to return the favor by beating the Norseman 45-36, playing their best defensive game of the year. In this contest, the defense was the big difference in the win. In the first, the Norseman jumped out early, building a 9-2 lead late in the first quarter. Nevada started finding a rhythm on the offensive end, going on a 7-0 run to end the first quarter. In the second, with the score tied 9-9, both teams traded baskets for most of the quarter. The Cubs fought hard on both ends of the floor, going into halftime with an 18-15 lead. The third quarter proved to be the difference of the game. The Cubs were able to play lockdown defense, holding the Norseman to just five points in the quarter. Nevada played some of their best offense of the year in the third quarter. It was a total team effort on the offensive end. The Cubs were able to outscore Roland-Story 18-5 in the quarter to take a 36-20 lead going into the fourth. In the fourth, the Norseman started putting on the pressure with a 1-3-1 half court press. The press allowed them to cut into the lead and cut the lead to nine points. Nevada was able to fight through the fourth quarter pressure and keep Roland-Story from cutting into the lead any closer to come away with the nine-point win. I was very proud of how the kids were able to keep their composure at the end to hold on for the win. Leading the Cubs in scoring with 14 was Jack Cahill, Kody Kruschwitz eight, followed by Chase Lycke five and Henry Nelson four. In rebounding, the Cubs were led by Cahill seven, Jarrett Fredin six and Kruschwitz five.

On Jan. 29, the Cubs traveled to Monroe to face the PCM Mustangs for the second time this season. Nevada defeated the Mustangs for the second time this season in a 48-36 contest. In the first quarter, both teams had a difficult time putting points on the board. With four minutes to play in the quarter, the Cubs had a 4-2 lead. The Cubs then went on an 11-6 run to take a 15-8 lead into the second. Nevada opened up the lead to 10 midway through the second, up 22-12, only to see PCM close the gap to eight at halftime. In the third, the Cubs were able to build a double digit lead, 29-18. The Mustangs kept the game close, only down eight going into the fourth. In the fourth, despite a great effort by PCM, the Cubs were able to maintain the lead to finish out the contest with a 48-36 win. For the second game in a row, the Cubs played great on the defensive end of the floor. In the last two games, Nevada has held their opponents to six single-digit quarters, playing great team defense. Leading the Cubs in scoring was Kody Kruschwitz with 20; Henry Nelson five; followed by Thomas Crawford, Brayden Bottorf and Jarrett Fredin with four each. In rebounding, the Cubs were led by Cahill eight, Crawford five, followed by Anthony Ellis and Bottorf with four each.