GILBERT - A tough stretch at the end of the first half doomed the Nevada boys’ basketball team in a 75-56 loss to Gilbert Friday at Gilbert.


Nevada was within 23-22 following a Kody Kruschwitz free throw late in the second quarter. But then Gilbert went on a 12-2 run to end the half and take control of the game.


Will Turner, Tanner Henningsen and Jack Dresser hit consecutive 3-pointers, and then Matt Ockey drained another long bomb just before the final buzzer to give Gilbert a 35-24 lead.


“They make three 3s in three possessions and they make the big 3 at the end of the second quarter,” Nevada head boys’ basketball coach Tyler Struck said. “We battled back and did some things, but when it went from two to 11 points (deficit), that was tough for us to overcome.”


Gilbert went up by as many as 14 in the third quarter, and led by 12 by the end of the period. The Tigers and Cubs went back and forth early in the fourth quarter, but Matt Barragy hit a free throw, Henningsen scored a basket and Anthony Terrones hit two free throws to push Gilbert’s lead to 17 and put the game away.


Ockey, Barragy and Henningsen each scored in double figures, helping Gilbert improve to 14-3 overall and 9-1 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. Turner just missed, finishing with nine points and seven assists.


Ockey put up 21 points, Barragy 15 points and six rebounds and Henningsen 13 points, eight boards and three blocks.


Nevada fell to 8-10 overall and 5-7 in the HOIC. Struck said he was much happier with the way his team performed than they did in an 80-50 home loss to the Tigers on Jan. 4.


“Honestly — not only am I proud of how they battled tonight, I’m more hopeful now for the end of the year than I was before the night started,” Struck said. “We went toe-to-toe with a really good team. They made some big-time shots, we got tired and they got us in transition some and one of our better players got in some foul trouble. That’s different than saying they are 15-20 points better than us. For the first time against a team of that caliber, it felt like we were able to battle and exchange some punches.”


Tyler Sansgaard put up a game-high 22 points and added three assists for Nevada. Kody Kruschwitz compiled 15 points and two steals; Devin See six points, six rebounds and four assists; Thomas Crawford five points and five rebounds and Jack Cahill four points, eight boards and two blocks.


Gilbert 75, Nevada 56


N 17 7 14 18 - 56


G 15 20 15 25 - 75


Nevada (56) - Jacob Sanders 1-1 0-0 2, Brayden Bottorf 1-9 0-0 2, Devin See 3-4 0-0 6, Thomas Crawford 2-4 0-0 5, Kody Kruschwitz 5-9 2-4 15, Tyler Sansgaard 8-19 0-0 22, Brock Dutton 0-0 0-0 0, Ayden Rhodes 0-4 0-0 0, Henry Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Cahill 2-6 0-1 4. Totals: 22-56 2-5 56. 3-point field goals (10): Sansgaard 6, Kruschwitz 3, Crawford. Rebounds (29): Cahill 8. Assists (10): See 4. Steals (7): Crawford 2, Kruschwitz 2, Cahill 2. Blocks (3): Cahill 2. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: See.


Gilbert (75) - Matt Ockey 8-11 2-2 21, Ben Simodynes 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Barragy 6-8 3-7 15, Will Turner 3-8 2-2 9, Jack Anderson 1-5 0-0 2, Anthony Terrones 2-3 2-2 6, Tanner Henningsen 5-8 2-2 13, Jack Dresser 1-6 0-0 3, Tucker Hanson 0-0 0-0 0, Jeff Rudman 1-4 0-0 2, Gage Christenson 2-3 0-0 4, Easton Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Borts 0-1 0-0 0, Bram Janvrin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals; 29-58 11-15 75. 3-point field goals (6): Ockey 3, Turner, Henningsen, Dresser. Rebounds (36): Henningsen 8. Assists (24): Turner 7. Steals (10): Turner 2, Anderson 2, Terrones 2, Henningsen 2. Blocks (5): Henningsen 3. Fouls: 13.


STORY CITY - This time Nevada managed to hold on against Roland-Story in a Heart of Iowa Conference boys’ basketball contest Thursday in Story.


The Cubs lost a comfortable lead in an overtime setback to the Norsemen in the second game of the season. Roland-Story made another big push in the fourth quarter on Friday, but Nevada had built a 19-point lead, and that was a big enough cushion as the Cubs prevailed, 62-56.


Nevada led by 17 at the half. By the end of the third quarter, the Cubs were up 52-33, and they still held a 17-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.


But then Roland-Story got going. Kade Faga converted a three-point play and Dylan Ihle drained a 3-pointer to get the Norsemen within 11.


Roland-Story eventually got within 62-56 after Carter Greenfield hit a free throw and Matheason scored a basket. But there were only nine seconds left and Nevada managed to hold on, improving its record to 8-9 overall and 5-6 in the conference.


“I think we were more confident this time,” Nevada junior Kody Kruschwitz said. “We’ve been working on our defense and our free-throw shooting. We struggled a little at the end, but our defense helped us out and we got rebounds, so our free-throws weren’t really affecting us.”


Nevada helped Roland-Story get back in the game by only going 13 of 29 from the foul line. But the Cubs made nine 3-pointers and that made the difference.


“That was one of the first games we had multiple guys make multiple 3s,” Nevada junior Tyler Sansgaard said.


Sansgaard hit five shots from long range for Nevada. He finished with a game-high 25 points, and added three steals and a block.


“They just kept finding me,” Sansgaard said. “I was making it.”


Kruschwitz buried three 3-pointers and totaled 17 points and two steals. Devin See posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Jack Cahill added nine points and eight boards.


Roland-Story fell to 6-10 overall and 4-7 in the HOIC.


Ihle, Matheason and Greenfield each scored 10 points to lead a balanced Norsemen attack. Matheason added five rebounds and two steals and Greenfield four boards and two steals.


Faga tacked on nine points, four rebounds and three assists and Ben Chelsvig eight points and 12 rebounds.


Nevada 62, Roland-Story 56


N 17 20 15 10 - 62


RS 9 11 13 23 - 56


Nevada (62) - Jacob Sanders 0-1 0-2 0, Brayden Bottorf 0-2 0-6 0, Devin See 4-7 1-4 10, Thomas Crawford 0-0 0-0 0, Kody Kruschwitz 6-10 2-4 17, Tyler Sansgaard 7-16 6-7 25, Ayden Rhodes 0-2 1-2 1, Jack Cahill 3-8 3-4 9. Totals: 20-46 13-29 62. 3-point field goals (9): Sansgaard 5, Kruschwitz 3, See. Rebounds (32): See 11. Assists (14): Sanders 4. Steals (8): Sansgaard 3. Blocks (1): Sansgaard. Fouls: 16.


Roland-Story (56) - Sam Skaar 0-3 1-2 1, Dylan Ihle 3-9 2-2 10, Kade Faga 3-10 3-4 9, Dylan Matheason 4-8 0-1 10, Eric Dowe 0-0 0-0 0, Jon Sansgaard 1-2 0-0 2, Carter Greenfield 4-14 1-2 10, Colby Gray 1-3 0-0 2, Ben Chelsvig 3-6 2-2 8, Adam McIlrath 1-1 0-1 2, Zach Twedt 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 21-57 9-14 56. 3-point field goals (5): Ihle 2, Matheason 2, Greenfield. Rebounds (37): Chelsvig 12. Assists (7): Faga 3. Steals (7): Matheason 2, Greenfield 2. Blocks: None. Fouls: 20. Fouled out: Chelsvig.