WEBSTER CITY – It wasn’t Nevada’s night in the Cubs’ Class 3A boys’ basketball district quarterfinal game with Humboldt Monday in Webster City.
From the opening tip on, the Cubs were completely overwhelmed by the Wildcats, suffering a 61-19 setback.
"We ran into a very hot team tonight," Nevada head coach Joel Fey said. "They got going early and we could not solve what they were doing offensively. They made their first eight baskets and we just could not catch up. Their defensive pressure really bothered us as well, we did not play very strong and they took advantage of that."
By the end of the first quarter Nevada was down by 17. At the half the Cubs were facing an insurmountable 48-11 deficit.
With the loss Nevada finished the season at 5-15. But Fey said he was proud of the effort his team gave in a rebuilding year after losing virtually the entire varsity roster off last year’s 18-5 team.
"We talked about how this game should not cloud all the good things that happened this season," Fey said. "This is a high integrity group. They always worked hard and we never had to worry about the effort they were going to put on the floor. You always hate to see a season end, but it is always easier when you know you have had the opportunity to work with a great group of individuals that really represented our school well."
Cole Gidel scored five points, Patrick Stephenson had four points and three rebounds and T.J. Fey finished with three points and four rebounds for Nevada. Alex Merfeld scored three points, Noah Stowe and Bennett Thompson added two apiece, A.J. Strottman pulled down five rebounds and Jake Barker delivered three steals for the Cubs.
Humboldt 61, Nevada 19
N 9 2 6 2 – 19
H 26 22 6 7 – 61
Nevada (19) – Cole Gidel 5 points, Patrick Stephenson 4, T.J. Fey 3, Alex Merfeld 3, Noah Stowe 2, Bennett Thompson 2.