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Nevada 9th grade boys end season with a 13-1 record

On Feb. 7, the Cubs traveled to Gilbert for their second meeting of the season. In the first game Nevada came back after a cold start to beat Gilbert by one. In the first quarter of the second game, it was back and forth, with the Cubs jumping out to a 4-point lead early in the game. Late in the first quarter the Tigers got hot from the outside and connected on four 3-pointers to take a 20–14 lead. In the second quarter the Cubs and Tigers both scored 10 points and the Tigers still led 30 – 24. In the second half the Cubs struggled on both ends of the floor, and the Tigers came out and played the best quarter of basketball we had seen all year. The score at the end of the third quarter: Nevada 38, Gilbert 55.

In the fourth quarter the Cubs were unable to get back in the game and suffered their first loss of the season by the score of 64–49. Leading the Cubs in scoring was Tyler Shafer with 24, followed by A.J. Strottman with eight and Ross Mitchell with seven. Leading rebounders for Nevada were Mitchell with nine, followed by Macade Matuska with seven.

On the following night, Roland-Story came to town for the second meeting of the season. Nevada was looking to get back on track from their first loss of the season, while Roland-Story was looking to extend our losing streak to two.

Early in the first quarter the Norsemen jumped out to a 10–6 lead, but the Cubs ended the quarter on a 9–3 run to take the lead. In the second, Nevada was able to hang on to the lead, but Roland-Story kept fighting on both ends of the floor to cut the lead to 26–24 at the half.

In the second half, the game stayed close, with the Norsemen taking a 1-point lead into the fourth up 33–32. In the fourth the game continued to stay close, with each team leading by no more than one point. With a minute and half left in the game Roland-Story extended the lead to 44–40. With under a minute to go, Tyler Shafer hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to one. The Cubs stole the ball with under 30 seconds to play, but were unable to regain the lead. In Roland-Story’s next offensive possession Preston Shill was able to come up with another steal and was fouled going in for the shot. Shill was able to convert both free throws with 10 seconds left. The Cubs were able to hold off R-S in the final seconds to come away with a 45–44 win. Leading Nevada in scoring were Tyler Shafer with 13, A.J. Strottman, 10 and Preston Shill, eight. Leading the Cubs in rebounding were Ross Mitchell, Macade Matuska and Strottman, with seven each.

The following players made up the 2013–14 Cubs ninth grade basketball team: Ross Mitchell, Tyler Shafer, Austin Carolus, Austin Doty, Zac Sharp, Macade Matuska, Nate Albrecht, Preston Shill, Matt Fortmann, Jack Henry, Ben Toot, Simon Saunders and A.J. Strottman.

— Submitted by Coach Baethke

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