JEWELL - The Nevada boys’ basketball team had some positive moments against a South Hamilton team ranked No. 4 in Class 2A Feb. 5, but the Cubs fell way too far behind early, suffering a 75-42 loss at Jewell.


South Hamilton jumped all over Nevada in the first quarter. By the end of the quarter, the Cubs were down 25-4.


Nevada outscored South Hamilton by a point in the second quarter and nearly stayed even with the Hawks in the third. But the Cubs ran out of gas in the fourth to fall to 8-12 and finishing Heart of Iowa Conference play at 5-9.


“You’ve got to give them a lot of credit,” Nevada head boys’ basketball coach Tyler Struck said. “They do a lot of things really well. They are not a team that wows you on film or wows you in the stat line, but they’re a team that doesn’t do a lot of things wrong. Obviously, the last three years in our conference have shown that.”


South Hamilton shot 57 percent from the field and held a huge 36-16 rebounding advantage. The Hawks also made 12 of 19 free throws to Nevada’s 6 of 16 effort from the line, and held the Cubs to 37-percent shooting from the field.


Nevada only gave up one 3-pointer in the game. The Cubs also had eight steals defensively.


“I actually liked a lot of things our kids did,” Struck said. “We wanted them to take a lot of jump shots and they did. But what they did a really good job of was driving a couple early and then they’d get the cutter through. They bothered us defensively, especially early. They did a good job of making shots tough and taking away things that we wanted to do.”


The game was Nevada’s fourth in five days. The Cubs were also playing without starting forward Devin See, who was out with a minor injury suffered the previous week against Roland-Story.


“We get through this grind — four games in six days and practicing on Saturday and Sunday when they’re usually at home resting — and the good news is now we get a little bit of a break,” Struck said. “We get to practice for districts. It’s good for our kids.”


Tyler Sansgaard had 11 points, three assists and two steals for Nevada. Henry Nelson stepped up with nine points off the bench; Brayden Bottorf had eight points and two steals; Jack Cahill seven points, four rebounds and a block and Jacob Sanders four assists.


South Hamilton clinched its third-straight HOIC title with the win. The Hawks finished 13-1 in the conference and improved to 18-1 overall.


Cade Balvanz had 20 points, six rebounds and two blocks to lead South Hamilton. Logan Peters added 13 points and three steals, Cole Berg 11 points and seven rebounds and Conner Hill nine points and eight assists for the Hawks.


South Hamilton 75, Nevada 42


N 4 12 14 12 - 42


SH 25 11 18 21 - 75


Nevada (42) - Jacob Sanders 0-1 0-0 0, Brayden Bottorf 2-5 3-5 8, Chase Lycke 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas Crawford 0-0 0-3 0, Kody Kruschwitz 2-7 0-0 4, Tyler Sansgaard 4-15 0-1 11, Brock Dutton 1-3 1-2 3, Ayden Rhodes 0-1 0-2 0, Henry Nelson 4-6 1-1 9, Jack Cahill 3-5 1-2 7, Cooper Bovee 0-0 0-0 0, Jarrett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-43 6-16 42. 3-point field goals (4): Sansgaard 3, Bottorf. Rebounds (16): Cahill 4. Assists (13): Sanders 4. Steals (8): Bottorf 2, Sansgaard 2. Blocks (2): Cahill, Fredin. Fouls: 17.


South Hamilton (75) - Brock Galetich 2-2 0-0 4, Carter Hewitt 0-0 1-2 1, Cole Berg 5-9 0-0 11, Sam Lewis 2-3 0-2 4, Doran Lutjen 3-5 0-0 6, Logan Peters 5-9 3-5 13, Quinton Grove 3-3 1-2 7, Freddie Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Kyler Hodnefield 0-1 0-0 0, Ty Skartvedt 0-1 0-0 0, Conner Hill 4-8 1-2 9, Cade Balvanz 7-12 6-6 20, Cade Flaugh 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 31-54 12-19 75. 3-point field goals (1): Berg. Rebounds (36): Berg 7. Assists (18): Hill 8. Steals (9): Peters 3. Blocks (3): Balvanz 2. Fouls: 17.


MONROE - Nevada couldn’t slow down Prairie City-Monroe in a 77-49 loss to the Mustangs Feb. 4 at Monroe.


Nevada fell behind by 11 points after the first quarter. The Cubs pulled within 10 at the half, but then PCM took off — scoring 44 points over the final two quarters to blow the game open.


PCM shot 59 percent from the field and made seven 3-pointers. The Mustangs also controlled the boards, outrebounding Nevada by a 35-17 margin.


Tyler Sansgaard had 17 points and five assists and Brayden Bottorf 14 points, three steals and a block for Nevada. Devin See chipped in eight points and four rebounds.


Derek Brown had 22 points and two blocks and Andrew Van Ryswyk 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, helping PCM improve to 9-3 in the Heart of Iowa Conference and 10-7 overall. Jason Stafford chipped in 14 points and four assists and Reed Worth 11 points and six assists.


PCM 77, Nevada 49


N 12 11 14 12 - 49


PCM 23 10 22 22 - 77


Nevada (49) - Jacob Sanders 1-2 0-0 2, Brayden Bottorf 4-8 4-4 14, Devin See 4-4 0-1 8, Thomas Crawford 0-2 0-2 0, Kody Kruschwitz 2-7 0-0 4, Tyler Sansgaard 5-16 3-3 17, Brock Dutton 0-2 0-0 0, Ayden Rhodes 0-5 2-2 2, Jack Cahill 0-1 1-1 1. Totals: 17-47 9-13 49. 3-point field goals (6): Sansgaard 4, Bottorf 2. Rebounds (17): See 4, Crawford 4. Assists (15): Sansgaard 5. Steals (8): Bottorf 3. Blocks (2): Bottorf, Rhodes. Fouls: 16.


PCM (77) - Cooper VandeLune 0-0 0-0 0, Sage Burns 1-2 0-1 2, Jason Stafford 5-6 3-4 14, Kolten Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Reed Worth 3-10 4-4 11, Gatlin Boell 3-4 2-2 8, Andrew Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Grant Landgrebe 0-1 0-0 0, Andrew Van Ryswyk 7-11 0-0 16, Isaac Telfer 1-5 2-3 4, Jordon DeVries 0-0 0-0 0, Derek Brown 9-9 1-4 22. Totals: 29-49 12-18 77. 3-point field goals (7): Brown 3, Van Ryswyk 2, Stafford, Worth. Rebounds (35): Van Ryswyk 9. Assists (24): Telfer 8. Steals (8): Worth 2, Boell 2, Brown 2. Blocks (4): Van Ryswyk 2, Brown 2. Fouls: 12.