MONTEZUMA — The Colo-NESCO boys’ basketball team couldn’t withstand an early barrage from Montezuma in a 63-20 loss to the Braves during Class 1A district quarterfinal play Feb. 14 at Montezuma.


The Royals were outscored by 18 points in the first quarter by a powerful Montezuma squad. By halftime, they were down by an insurmountable 40-7 deficit, ending the season at 3-19.


Colo-NESCO was held to five field goals and was outrebounded 39-18. The Royals did get to the line 19 times and they also had three steals defensively.


Kelly Gray had eight points and two steals and Francis Bower seven points and two assists for Colo-NESCO. Jack McKinney finished with three rebounds, two assists and a block and Trevor Burg pulled down four rebounds.


Hunter Ray led Montezuma with 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Trey Shearer tacked on 14 points and four assists for the Braves.


Montezuma 63, Colo-NESCO 20


CN 3 4 9 4 — 20


M 21 19 13 10 — 63


Colo-NESCO (20) — Kelly Gray 2-7 3-4 8, Keaton Schultz 0-3 0-0 0, Kenny Cutler 0-1 0-1 0, Jack McKinney 0-6 1-2 1, Francis Bower 2-8 2-8 7, Ethan Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Reischauer 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Wonders 1-2 0-0 2, Tanner Ingle 0-2 1-2 1, Trevor Burg 0-2 0-0 0, Alex Dunahoo 0-3 1-2 1, Andrew Grover 0-0 0-0 0, Ephram Muntz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 5-35 8-19 20. 3-point field goals (2): Gray, Bower. Rebounds (18): Burg 4. Assists (4): McKinney 2, Bower 2. Steals (3): Gray 2. Blocks (1): McKinney. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: McKinney.


Montezuma (63) — Brydon Henning 0-1 0-0 0, Brayden Arendt 0-4 0-0 0, Nolan Reynolds 2-4 3-3 7, Nolan Havran 2-4 2-2 6, Cole Watts 3-6 0-1 7, Hunter Ray 7-8 4-5 19, Daniel Bryan 0-0 0-0 0, Trey Shearer 6-8 0-0 14, Joey Kercheval 0-1 2-2 2, Keaton Minner 2-3 0-0 4, Eddie Burgess 1-3 0-0 2, Brody Chidester 0-2 0-0 0, Adam Cheney 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 24-46 11-14 63. 3-point field goals (4): Shearer 2, Watts, Ray. Rebounds (39): Ray 7. Assists (7): Shearer 4. Steals (9): Havran 4. Blocks (4): Ray 3. Fouls: 17.


COLO — A couple of timely 3-pointers from Jack McKinney and strong play inside from Francis Bower helped Colo-NESCO survive a scare from Tri-County in a 61-46 victory over the Trojans during the opening round of Class 1A districts Feb. 13 at Colo.


A 13-point lead got away from the Royals. Tri-County roared back to take a 39-36 lead during the third quarter on a steal and basket by Brayden Monroe.


But just before the end of the third, McKinney stepped up and drained a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game. The Royals never trailed again.


Tanner Ingle scored inside and Francis Bower hit 1 of 2 free throws to put the Royals back on top early in the fourth quarter. McKinney then drilled his second bomb from the corner with 5:49 to give Colo-NESCO a 45-39 lead.


“They just left me really wide open,” McKinney said. “These two (Bower and Kelly Gray) just drive to the middle and kick it out and I just went in rhythm.”


Colo-NESCO ended up going on a 14-0 run, capped by another Ingle basket. That gave the Royals a 50-39 lead and iced the game, putting the Royals at 3-18.


“We just had to take better care of the ball — that’s what really hurt us when they started coming back,” Gray said. “After we found out how to control the ball, we pretty much stopped them.”


Gray finished with 14 points, four assists and four steals. He also had the difficult task of trying to slow Monroe, who sparked Tri-County’s comeback attempt and finished with a game-high 29 points to go along with a number of steals.


“We knew he was the key player to shut down,” Gray said. “We just put a box-and-one on him and really tried to focus on shutting him down.”


Bower was the workhorse inside for Colo-NESCO.


Bower paced the Royals with 21 points and nine rebounds. He made 8 of 11 field goals and got to the line 13 times.


“They kick it into me and a lot of teams triple or double down,” Bower said. “I kick it right out if they triple down. If they don’t triple down, I’m going up and I go for contact.”


McKinney tallied 10 points, four assists and two blocks; Ingle eight points and four rebounds and Trevor Burg five points and six boards for Colo-NESCO.


Tri-County finished 0-19. Tegon Fogle netted six points and Jackson Phillips five for the Trojans.


Colo-NESCO 61, Tri-County 46


TC 6 20 13 7 — 46


CN 14 17 8 22 — 61


Tri-County (46) — Brayden Monroe 10 8-11 29, Dayton Pace 1 0-2 3, Jakoby Williams 0 0-0 0, Kobe Riffel 0 0-00, Aydan Bos 1 0-0 2, Tanner Lundy 0 1-2 1, Tegon Fogle 3 0-0 6, Jackson Phillips 2 0-0 5. Totals: 17 9-15 46. 3-point field goals (3): Monroe, Pace, Phillips. Fouls: 21. Fouled out. Pace, Phillips.


Colo-NESCO (61) — Kelly Gray 3-8 7-11 14, Keaton Schultz 0-3 1-2 1, Jack McKinney 4-10 0-0 10, Francis Bower 8-11 5-13 21, Ethan Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Wonders 1-1 0-0 2, Tanner Ingle 4-7 0-0 8, Trevor Burg 2-4 0-0 5, Alex Dunahoo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-45 13-26 61. 3-point field goals (4): McKinney 2, Gray, Burg. Rebounds (31): Bower 9. Assists (13): Gray 4, McKinney 4. Steals (9): Gray 4. Blocks (4): McKinney 2. Fouls: 13.