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Cubs set defensive record in 50-point win over C-M

Cole Gidel
Cole Gidel

COLFAX – A record-setting defensive performance helped the Nevada boys’ basketball team annihilate Colfax-Mingo Friday at Colfax.

The Cubs clobbered the Tigerhawks by a score of 65-15. The 15 points allowed is the fewest in school history, besting the 17 Nevada allowed against Saydel in 2007.

“We forced 28 turnovers and held Colfax-Mingo to 18-percent shooting from the floor,” Nevada head coach Joel Fey said. “We played with a lot more chemistry tonight. We controlled the ball on both ends of the floor and limited our turnovers.”

Nevada raced out to a 23-0 lead and by halftime the score was 40-9. The Cubs only gave up six points over the final two quarters to end up with a 50-point victory margin.

On offense Nevada shot 49 percent from the field, 47 percent from 3-point range and 65 percent from the line. Sophomore guard Cole Gidel turned in his second brilliant shooting outing in as many games by making 5 of 7 3-pointers, 10 of 13 field goals and finishing with 26 points.

Freshman A.J. Strottman added 13 points and six rebounds for the Cubs. T.J. Fey contributed five assists, four steals, four rebounds and two points. Alex Merfeld finished with five points and rebounds apiece, Patrick Stephenson had four points and five steals and Riley Huhn recorded four points and two assists to help Nevada improve to 1-1 both overall and in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Colin Lourens had four points, four rebounds and two blocks and James Stoecker put up three points and four rebounds as the only Colfax-Mingo players to top two points during the game.

Nevada 65, Colfax-Mingo 15

N 24 16 9 16 – 65

C-M 1 8 4 2 – 15

Nevada (65) – Cole Gidel 10-13 1-1 26, Patrick Stephenson 1-4 1-2 4, Riley Huhn 1-2 2-4 4, T.J. Fey 1-4 0-0 2, Nolan Stahl 1-2 0-0 2, Duncan Westphal 1-1 0-0 3, Zach Hansen 0-3 0-0 0, Noah Stowe 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Merfeld 2-4 0-0 5, Jake Barker 1-2 0-1 2, Bennett Thompson 0-2 2-3 2, A.J. Strottman 5-9 3-4 13, Jake Kapustka 0-1 2-2 2. Totals: 23-47 11-17 65. 3-point field goals (8): Gidel 5, Stephenson, Westphal, Merfeld. Rebounds (27): Strottman 6. Assists (16): Fey 5. Steals (18): Stephenson 5. Blocks: None.

Colfax-Mingo (15) – Blake Summy 0-2 2-3 2, Juan Gonzalez 0-2 0-0 0, Gabe Simpson 1-1 0-1 2, Jacob Lietz 0-2 0-0 0, Jacob Buehrer 0-1 1-2 1, Kyle Breen 0-1 0-0 0, Marcus Tomlonovic 0-0 0-0 0, Nate Smith 1-6 0-0 2, Colin Lourens 1-3 2-4 4, Michael Deal 0-0 1-2 1, Nicholas Deal 0-0 0-0 0, Sean Borts 0-0 0-0 0, Zevin Lander 0-0 0-0 0, James Stoecker 1-6 1-2 3. Totals: 4-24 7-14 15. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (18): Lourens 4, Stoecker 4. Assists (3): Smith 2. Steals (4): Smith 3. Blocks (4): Lourens 2.

JEWELL – Nevada never recovered from a defensive lapse late in the first half against South Hamilton Dec. 3 as the Cubs were handed a 68-50 setback by their Heart of Iowa Conference rivals to open the season.

Nevada only trailed by one point with two minutes to play in the first half. But South Hamilton then hit three straight 3-pointers to go up by 10 at the break, and Nevada never recovered.

“We gave up one to many big runs,” Nevada head coach Joel Fey said. “South Hamilton threw a lot of different looks at us and we just took too long to see the changes we need to make. The goal is to get better than we were tonight, and in a few weeks, you will see a much better team than was on the floor tonight.”

The Cubs hit just 5 of 18 3-pointers as a team and they had several turnovers as South Hamilton ended up with 13 steals. South Hamilton shot 49 percent from the field and held a slim 29-26 rebounding advantage.

Freshman Cole Gidel was the one Cub who didn’t struggle shooting from outside. Gidel made a big debut in a Cub varsity uniform by making 4 of 6 3-pointers and 8 of 12 field goals to finish with 22 points.

“Cole shot the ball well and handled the pressure of South Hamilton,” Fey said. “He really did a good job in some tough pressure situations.”

Fey was also pleased with the performance of Riley Huhn, as Huhn put up 11 points and two assists. Alex Merfeld added six points and two blocks, Zach Hansen had five rebounds and three steals, Patrick Stephenson scored six points and A.J. Strottman tacked on four points and rebounds apiece for Nevada.

Matt Hislop led South Hamilton with 17 points and he also had three assists and two steals. Collin Hill contributed 11 points, five rebounds and five steals and Trevor Ullestad tacked on eight points, three assists and two steals for the Hawks.

South Hamilton 68, Nevada 50

N 11 12 15 12 – 50

SH 14 19 18 17 – 68

Nevada (50) – Cole Gidel 8-12 2-2 22, Patrick Stephenson 1-3 4-4 6, Riley Huhn 4-7 2-2 11, T.J. Fey 0-1 0-0 0, Duncan Westphal 0-4 0-0 0, Zach Hansen 0-7 1-2 1, Noah Stowe 0-1 0-0 0, Alex Merfeld 1-5 4-8 6, Jake Barker 0-0 0-0 0, Bennett Thompson 0-0 0-2 0, A.J. Strottman 1-1 2-4 4, Jake Kapustka 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 15-42 15-24 50. 3-point field goals (5): Gidel 4, Huhn. Rebounds (26): Hansen 5. Assists (9): Huhn 2. Steals (6): Hansen 3. Blocks (4): Merfeld 2.

South Hamilton (68) – Trevor Ullestad 30-10 0-0 8, Matt Hislop 6-8 4-5 17, Trevor Smith 2-2 0-0 4, Andy Cook 2-5 2-2 6, Ross Enderson 4-8 0-0 9, Collin Hill 4-9 2-2 11, Trey Woodall 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Ratzke 0-1 0-0 0, Zach Zoske 0-1 1-2 1, Zach Puls 4-5 0-0 8, Andrew Wintermote 1-4 2-2 4, Landon Quam 0-0 0-0 0, Nathan McSparin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-53 11-14 68. 3-point field goals (5): Ullestad 2, Hislop, Enderson, Hill. Rebounds (29): Hill 5, Puls 5, Wintermote 5. Assists (14): Ullestad 3, Hislop 3. Steals (13): Hill 5. Blocks (4): Puls 2.

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