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Cub boys edge Rams in HOIC finale

Nevada’s Cole Gidel (1) and Jake Barker fight for a loose ball during the Cubs’ 62-56 home victory over Greene County Feb. 13 at the Nevada High School Field House.
Nevada’s Cole Gidel (1) and Jake Barker fight for a loose ball during the Cubs’ 62-56 home victory over Greene County Feb. 13 at the Nevada High School Field House.
Nevada freshman A.J. Strottman puts up a shot off the glass during the Cubs’ victory over Greene County Feb. 13.
Nevada freshman A.J. Strottman puts up a shot off the glass during the Cubs’ victory over Greene County Feb. 13.
Alex Merfeld
Alex Merfeld
Patrick Stephenson
Patrick Stephenson
Zach Hansen
Zach Hansen

NEVADA – Conference play ended on a good note for the Nevada boys’ basketball team Feb. 13 at the Nevada High School Field House as the Cubs capitalized off a strong third quarter finish to get past Greene County, 62-56.

Nevada trailed 36-31 late in the third period, but Riley Huhn and Zach Hansen stepped up and hit big 3-pointers to turn the tide.

Hansen’s 3-pointer from the top of the key gave Nevada a 37-36 lead with one minute, 47 seconds left in the third. Riah Nelson put Greene County back in front with a basket, but on the Rams’ next possession Hansen filched a rebound and went coast to coast for a basket.

The big baskets from Hansen provided an energetic lift for Nevada. A.J. Strottman followed Hansen’s big go-ahead basket with a hoop before the end of the third and Alex Merfeld canned two free throws 35 seconds into the fourth quarter to put Nevada up, 43-38.

“We were down a little bit and trying to fight back,” Hansen said. “I came in trying to give my team a little boost and I did. They fed off it really well and got the crowd into it. It was great.”

The two teams then went back and forth for a little bit.

The game was tied at 47-47 when Hansen came up with a big steal and fed Cole Gidel for a basket with 4:03 remaining in the final period. The Cubs never trailed again.

A.J. Strottman hit 1 of 2 free throws with 3:01 remaining to push Nevada’s lead to three. Trey Tucker drained a pair of foul shots for Greene County nine seconds later, but Hansen countered with yet another big basket for Nevada.

After a Cub defensive stand Strottman scored inside to give Nevada a 54-49 lead. Tucker cut the Cub lead back to three with 58 seconds left, but Hansen, Strottman and Gidel combined to hit 5 of 6 free throws and Patrick Stephenson threw in a basket to help the Cubs pull away down the stretch.

“Both teams were very aggressive, Gidel said. “I just think we won the 50-50 balls in the end and made more shots than they did. This is a great win. It’s going to give us a spark for Boone Monday and then tournament play is coming up.”

Hansen and Gidel both scored 16 points.

Hansen hit 4 of 7 field goals and 7 of 10 free throws and he added four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Gidel went 6 of 14 from the field, 2 of 6 from 3-point range and 2 of 4 from the line and he chipped in three assists, three rebounds and one steal.

“The 3s weren’t really falling to night,” Gidel said. “So really my main focus was to attack the basket and get my teammates open for good shots.”

Strottman finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and one block. Merfeld totaled seven points, six rebounds, three assists and one block, Huhn scored five points and dished out three assists and Stephenson ended up with four points and two assists.

The victory put Nevada at 5-14 on the season and the Cubs finished 5-13 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. Greene County also ended up 5-13 in the HOIC and the Rams dropped to 6-13 overall.

Tucker scored a game-high 22 points and dished out five assists for Greene County against Nevada. Tyler Becker added 12 points and Riah Nelson pulled down 18 rebounds and scored six points for the Rams.

Nevada 62, Greene County 56

GC 12 17 9 18 – 56

N 10 13 18 21 – 62

Greene County (56) – Trey Tucker 8-20 5-7 22, Tyler Beger 4-6 0-0 12, Landon Braun 2-10 0-0 5, Riah Nelson 3-8 0-4 6, Ried Lamoureux 2-3 0-0 5, Max Neese 2-6 0-2 4, Will Meinecke 1-1 0-0 2, Mitchell Gorsuch 0-0 0-0 0. 22-54 5-13 56. 3-point field goals (7): Beger 4, Braun, Tucker, Lamoureux. Rebounds (30): Nelson 18. Assists (14): Tucker 5. Steals (8): Tucker 2, Nelson 2, Meinecke 2. Blocks: None.

Nevada (62) – Cole Gidel 6-14 2-4 16, Zach Hansen 4-7 7-10 16, A.J. Strottman 4-4 3-6 11, Alex Merfeld 2-3 3-4 7, Riley Huhn 2-5 0-0 5, Patrick Stephenson 2-5 0-0 4, Jake Barker 1-2 1-2 3, Duncan Westphal 0-0 0-0 0, Bennett Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-40 16-26 62. 3-point field goals (4): Gidel 2, Hansen, Huhn. Rebounds (26): Strottman 9. Assists (15): Gidel 3, Huhn 3, Merfeld 3. Steals (6): Gidel, Huhn, Hansen, Barker, Thompson, Strottman. Blocks (2): Merfeld. Strottman.

NEVADA – A gritty and determined Nevada team nearly upset Prairie City-Monroe Feb. 11 at Nevada as the Cubs lost a 48-47 heartbreaker.

Behind a big second quarter, Nevada took a 30-26 halftime lead over the second-place team in the Heart of Iowa Conference. But the Cubs were stagnant on offense in the third quarter, and despite their good play on defense, PCM rallied to tie the score heading in to the final period.

In the fourth quarter the two teams played even ball. PCM did just enough at the end to pull off a one-point win to deny Nevada the upset.

Nevada showed great desire by outrebounding the bigger Mustang team, 22-18. The Cubs also had a big night from outside, making 8 of 16 3-pointers, and they were an excellent 11 of 12 from the line.

PCM prevailed by shooting better overall from the field.

The Mustangs hit 19 of 41 field goals (46 percent) and Nevada made 41 percent of its shots (14 of 34). PCM was just 6 of 10 from 3-point range and the Mustangs ended up 4 of 8 from the line.

Zach Hansen played a tremendous game to help keep Nevada close. He scored 15 points on a perfect 6 for 6 shooting night from the field that included three 3-pointers.

Cole Gidel added 13 points, three assists and two steals. Alex Merfeld finished with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal for the Cubs.

Logan Gilman did most of the damage for PCM as he scored a game-high 29 points. Gilman made 12 of 19 field goals, including all four of his 3-point attempts, and he also pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists.

Dillon Bruxvoort added 10 points, four assists and three blocks for the Mustangs.

PCM 48, Nevada 47

PCM 16 10 10 12 – 48

N 12 18 6 11 – 47

PCM (48) – Zach Uhlenhopp 1-4 1-2 3, Trey Lindsay 0-1 0-0 0, Ricky Reave 1-2 0-0 2, Ryan Jennings 1-5 1-4 4, Devon Woody 0-1 0-0 0, Dillon Bruxvoort 4-9 1-1 10, Logan Gilman 12-19 1-1 29. Totals: 19-41 4-8 48. 3-point field goals (6): Gilman 4, Jennings, Bruxvoort. Rebounds (18): Gilman 7. Assists (17): Woody 5. Steals (6): Uhlenhopp 3. Blocks (4): Bruxvoort 3.

Nevada (47) – Cole Gidel 3-7 4-4 13, Patrick Stephenson 1-2 0-0 3, Riley Huhn 1-4 0-0 3, Zach Hansen 6-6 0-0 15, Alex Merfeld 1-8 5-6 7, Jake Barker 1-2 0-0 2, Bennett Thompson 0-2 0-0 0, A.J. Strottman 1-3 2-2 4. Totals: 14-34 11-12 47. 3-point field goals (8): Gidel 3, Hansen 3, Stephenson, Huhn. Rebounds (22): Hun 5, Merfeld 5. Assists (12): Merfeld 4. Steals (4): Gidel 2. Blocks: None.

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