What we learned from Nevada's loss to third-ranked DCG in the 3A substate semifinals

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune

The Nevada boys basketball team saw an outstanding 2021-2022 season come to a close Feb. 24 with a 56-38 loss to No. 3 Dallas Center-Grimes in the Class 3A substate semifinals at Grimes.

Nevada hung tough in the first half, but the Cubs couldn't overcome a poor offensive stretch in the third quarter. Nevada ended the season with a 17-6 record.

Senior Colin Memmer scored 10 points for Nevada in a 56-38 loss to No. 3 Dallas Center-Grimes during the 3A substate semifinal in Grimes Feb. 24.

DCG improved to 18-5. The Mustangs did a great job limiting good looks for the Nevada offense and they also forced the Cubs into committing several mistakes on offense.

Here is what we learned from Nevada's substate semifinal loss to DCG: 

Cub offense sputters in the third quarter

Nevada only trailed DCG 29-23 at the half. But the Cubs were held to five points in the third quarter.

That enabled the Mustangs to increase their lead to 41-28. Nevada regrouped a little bit in the fourth quarter with 10 points, but DCG continued to pull away.

Nevada struggles shooting and taking care of the ball

Nevada had a tough time finding the basket against DCG. The Cubs only shot 30.8 %, making just 16 of 52 field goals. 

The Cubs were just 2 of 15 from 3-point range.

Nevada also had trouble taking care of the ball. The Cubs recorded 17 turnovers and they only forced 10.

Rebounding helped Nevada hang around for one half of play. The Cubs won the rebounding battle by a 37-32 margin.

Memmer, Rhodes play well in defeat

Colin Memmer was the only Nevada player to score in double figures. Memmer finished with 10 points and also had two rebounds.

Carson Rhodes nearly posted a double-double for Nevada in the loss. Rhodes tallied 8 points and 12 rebounds and he added 2 blocks and 1 assist.

Nevada's Spencer Grant puts up a shot duirng the Cubs' 56-38 loss to No. 3 DCG in the 3A substate semifinal at Grimes Feb. 24.

Ty Dittmer recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in his final game in a Cub uniform. Spencer Grant had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, James Edwards 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal and Jacob Khounsourath and Connor Schnettgoecke 3 points apiece for Nevada.

Runyan goes off for DCG

Jacob Runyan was the main catalyst for DCG on offense. Runyan scored a game-high 21 points and added 4 assists and 2 steals.

Jackson Jones recorded a double-double for the Mustangs with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cole Glasgow tacked on 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals for DCG.