MONROE — The hot hand of Joseph Heintz and great all-around play from Cole Gidel led the Nevada boys’ basketball team to a 63-53 upset of Prairie City-Monroe Friday at Monroe.

Heintz buried a school-record eight 3-pointers and Gidel nearly recorded a triple-double to give Nevada its second impressive road victory in a row over a top-two team in the Heart of Iowa Conference. The night before, the Cubs crushed HOIC leader Gilbert at home, 69-46.

Nevada prevailed by outplaying PCM in the second half. The Cubs outscored the Mustangs 37-26 over the final two quarters, winning their third straight to improve to 12-7 overall and maintain third place in the HOIC with a 10-5 conference record.

Heintz was a stunning 8 of 9 from 3-point range against PCM, scoring a game-high 26 points and he also had six rebounds. He has been the offensive catalyst in Nevada’s three-game win streak - going a phenomenal 19 of 24 from 3-point range over that stretch.

Gidel did a little bit of everything for Nevada vesus PCM. He put up 15 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and added three steals.

Tyler Shafer and Bennett Thompson had seven points apiece for Nevada against PCM. Shafer also had four rebounds and two assists and Thompson tallied two assists.

As a team Nevada shot 49 percent from the field and made 12 of 26 3-pointers. The Cubs held PCM to 5 of 22 shooting from 3-point range and also held a 35-31 rebounding advantage, which helped them overcome a poor 5 of 13 effort from the foul line.

Logan Gilman had 19 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists for PCM in a losing effort. Luke Greiner tacked on 18 points and nine rebounds for the Mustangs, who dropped to 13-6 overall and 10-4 in the HOIC.

Nevada 63, PCM 53

N 15 11 18 19 - 63

PCM 13 14 15 11 - 53

Nevada (63) - Cole Gidel 5-17 4-10 15, Tyler Shafer 3-5 0-0 7, Trent Stahl 1-1 0-0 3, A.J. Strottman 1-2 1-2 3, Bennett Thompson 3-5 0-0 7, Luke Merfeld 1-6 0-1 2, Joseph Heintz 9-11 0-0 26, Simon Saunders 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Chitty 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-47 5-13 63. 3-point field goals (12): Heintz 8, Gidel, Shafer, Stahl, Thompson. Rebounds (35): Gidel 11. Assists (18): Gidel 9. Steals (6): Gidel 3. Blocks (2): Saunders, Chitty.

PCM (53) - Elijah Sperfslage 0-4 0-0 0, Luke Greiner 7-16 3-4 18, Mar Bruxvoort 0-1 0-0 0, Sheldon Spears 0-2 0-0 0, Austin Brown 3-7 1-2 9, Logan Gilman 6-19 6-9 19, Jackson Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Noah Clark 0-1 0-0 0, Andrew Van Ryswyk 1-5 4-4 7. Totals: 17-56 14-19 53. 3-point field goals (5): Brown 2, Greiner, Gilman, Van Ryswyk. Rebounds (31): Greiner 9. Assists (12): Brown 3, Van Ryswyk 3. Steals (6): Gilman 3. Blocks (3): Sperfslage, Bruxvoort, Speers.

GILBERT — Aggressive play on both ends of the court and strong outside shooting enabled Nevada to decimate Heart of Iowa Conference leader Gilbert on its own floor, 69-46, Friday.

The Cubs were in control virtually the entire game. A Joseph Heintz 3-pointer gave them an 18-10 lead early in the second quarter and Gilbert never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Nevada led by 13 at the break. Gilbert closed to within eight early in the third quarter, but then two Luke Merfeld free throws and an A.J. Strottman basket put the Cubs back up 39-27.

Nevada led by double digits the rest of the way, dominating the fourth quarter to turn the game into a rout. The Cubs won by over 20 points for the second game in a row following a 55-49 home loss to Greene County on Jan. 26.

"Greene County, we kind of got away from what we do a little bit," Nevada head coach Chris Hinson said. "The last couple game plans haven’t been complicated - in fact they’ve been less complicated. We’ve focused on we’re going to do what we do, we’re going to play hard on defense and we’re going to make smart decisions and shoot with confidence on offense. We’re just trusting each other and attacking."

Nevada shot an impressive 22 of 39 from the field (56 percent) against Gilbert. The Cubs were 7 of 17 from 3-point range and a solid 18 of 27 from the line to avenge a 53-43 loss to the Tigers on Dec. 18.

"We came in hungry this time and we expected to win this game," Nevada senior guard Cole Gidel said. "We didn’t play our best basketball against them the first time, but our theme for this game was to set the tone. I think we did a good job of coming out and doing that."

On defense Nevada held Gilbert to 31-percent shooting, including an abysmal 3 of 20 showing from 3-point range. Nevada also won the rebounding battle by a 29-27 margin.

"Our biggest thing was to stop penetration," Gidel said. "They’re an attack-first team - they don’t really rely on the 3-ball - so we were trying to keep our guy in front of us, close out on shooters and it worked. We got rebounds, ran out and scored points."

Gidel and Heintz combined for 35 points in the win.

Gidel led Nevada with 19 points. He hit 7 of 8 free throws and also had five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Heintz put up 16 points. He hit 4 of 6 3-pointers to follow up seven 3-pointers and 26 points in the win over Roland-Story.

"Joe’s come up big the past couple games," Gidel said. "He’s shot well in previous games too. It’s really nice having him knock down 3s."

Matt Chitty had nine points, four rebounds and one block for Nevada in the low post. Luke Merfeld added six points and one block, Trent Stahl had six points and two assists and Bennett Thompson finished with five points, eight rebounds and two assists.

Tyler Shafer chipped in four points and three assists and A.J. Strottman hd four points and four rebounds for Nevada.

Steven Lawrence had nine points off the bench for Gilbert. Adam Baker netted eight points and Ryan Fleener tallied seven points and nine rebounds for the Tigers.

Nevada 69, Gilbert 46

N 15 18 12 24 - 69

G 10 10 12 14 - 46

Nevada (69) - Cole Gidel 5-13 7-8 19, Tyler Shafer 0-1 4-4 4, Trent Stahl 2-2 2-3 6, A.J. Strottman 2-2 0-0 4, Bennett Thompson 2-5 0-2 5, Ross Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Macade Matuska 0-1 0-0 0, Jack Higgins 0-0 0-0 0, Luke Merfeld 2-3 2-7 6, Joseph Heintz 6-8 0-0 16, Cam Shill 0-0 0-0 0, Ominique Wilkerson 0-0 0-0 0, Simon Saunders 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Chitty 3-4 3-3 9. Totals: 22-39 18-27 69. 3-point field goals (7): Heintz 4, Gidel 2, Thompson. Rebounds (29): Thompson 8. Assists (16): Gidel 5. Steals (6): Gidel 2, Thompson 2. Blocks (2): Merfeld, Chitty.

Gilbert (46) - Adam Baker 3-5 1-3 8, Will Greder 1-2 0-0 2, Ryan Blum 1-7 0-0 3, Andrew Thatcher 0-4 0-0 0, Steven Lawrence 3-4 2-2 9, Austin Graber 1-2 1-3 3, Ryan Fleener 2-5 3-5 7, Xavier Wilson 0-2 0-0 0, Will Turner 2-8 0-1 4, Zach Becker 1-2 0-0 2, Schuyler Hop, Cody Dvorak 0-2 0-0 0, Matt Barragy 0-4 4-4 4, Philip Roetman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-51 11-18 46. 3-point field goals (3): Baker, Blum, Lawrence. Rebounds (27): Fleener 9. Assists (4): Baker, Fleener, Turner, Hop. Steals (7): Hop. Blocks (1): Graber.