Nevada JV boys 6–2 going into Christmas break

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

The Nevada JV boys travelled to Jefferson on Dec. 10 to face the Greene County Rams. The Cubs came away with a hard fought 57–53 win. In the first quarter, Nevada jumped out to 13–3 lead, only to see the lead slip away in the last few minutes of the quarter. The Cubs were down 17–15 to start the second quarter, and stayed down by a score of 32–28 at the halftime break. Within the first minute of the third quarter, Nevada pulled ahead of the Rams and stayed ahead for the remainder of the game to close out with a four-point win. The kids played with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor and kept their focus late in the game to remain undefeated. Leading the Cubs in scoring was Omunique Wilkerson with 18, followed by Luke Fevold with 15, Simon Saunders seven and Trent Stahl, six. In rebounding, Nevada was led by Wilkerson with 12, Stahl with seven and Macade Matuska, five.

The Cubs JV boys traveled to Roland-Story on Dec. 15 to face the Norsemen. The Cubs were defeated by Roland Story 61–56 for their first loss of the season. The big difference in the game was the sluggish start on both ends of the floor for the Cubs. Nevada struggled to score early in the game and was down 13–3 halfway through the first period. At halftime, the Cubs trailed 26–19 and in the second half, were down by 15 at the end of the third quarter. Late in the fourth, the Cubs were able to cut the lead to three by making five three-pointers in the last three minutes of the game. Despite putting up 25 points in the final quarter, Nevada was unable to withstand the excellent free throw shooting of the Norseman late in the game. Leading the Cubs in scoring was Cam Shill with 18, followed by Trent Stahl and Kyle Bauman with 10 each. In rebounding, Nevada was led by Omunique Wilkerson with eight, followed by Luke Fevold and Macade Matustka with five each.

On Dec. 18, the Cubs hosted Gilbert for their first home game of the season. The Cubs were able to hold off a good Tiger team for a 58–53 win. Both teams struggled early finding their shooting touch in the first quarter, with the Cubs leading 9–8. Starting the second, both teams were able to get their offense going, with the lead going back and forth the entire quarter. The Cubs went into half leading 30-29 behind Omunique Wilkerson’s dunk after a steal and Jack Higgins half-court shot at the buzzer. To start the second half, the Cubs were able to build a 14-point lead at the end of the third quarter behind a tough defense and held the Tigers to four points in the quarter. In the fourth, the Cubs were able to maintain the lead through most of the quarter, but a late rally by Gilbert made the game interesting, with the Cubs hanging on for the five-point win. Nevada was led in scoring by Luke Fevold and Omunique Wilkerson with 13 each, followed by Trent Stahl with 10 and Jack Higgins six. In rebounding, the Cubs were led by Fevold with eight, followed by Higgins and Kyle Bauman with four each.

On Dec. 19 Nevada traveled to Huxley to take on a tough Ballard team. The Cubs lost their second game of the season by a score of 63–43. In the first both teams struggled to score, with the game tied 3–3 three minutes into the quarter. At the end of the first quarter the Bombers held a 9–7 lead. In the second, the Bombers built a seven-point lead right before half and the Cubs closed to within four on Luke Fevold’s 3-point shot at the buzzer. To start the second half, Nevada struggled on offense and the Bombers got hot from the outside to score 20 points in the third to take a commanding 44–31 lead at the end of the third. In the fourth, Ballard was able to extend the lead by 21 while the Cubs struggled to put points on the board against a very solid Bombers defense, which allowed Ballard to come away with the 20-point win. Nevada was led in scoring by Luke Fevold with 15, Simon Saunders had seven, followed by Kyle Bauman six and Omunique Wilkerson five. Leading the Cubs in rebounding was Fevold 10, followed by Saunders with five.

—Submitted by Coach Baethke