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Nevada ninth-grade boys improve record to 12-0

On Jan. 24, the Cub freshmen boys played North Polk in Nevada. It was a hard fought win for the Cubs. Nevada pulled ahead in the first quarter leading 10–7 and never trailed the rest of the game. The game was close, with the Cubs never leading by more than eight points. Late in the game, North Polk fought back to within two with a minute left, but the Cubs held on for a 48–42 win. Leading the Cubs in scoring was Ross Mitchell with 11, followed by Simon Saunders with eight and Tyler Shafer and Macade Matuska with seven each. Leading rebounders were A.J. Strottman with seven and Mitchell with six.

On Jan. 28 the Cubs traveled to Saydel, where they got off to a quick start, leading 21–6 at the end of the first quarter and earning a 62–36 win. Nevada played solid defense throughout the game, ending with 21 steals on the night. The Cubs did a good job of running their offense and did excellent job of running the floor and scoring in transition. Leading in scoring for Nevada was Mitchell with 15, followed by Shafer and Preston Shill with 11 each. Also contributing were Saunders and Strottman with seven each. Leading in rebounding was Mitchell with nine, followed by Shafer with seven.

On Feb. 1, the Cubs hosted games against West Marshall and South Hamilton. In the first game against West Marshall, Nevada got a 56–27 win. Nevada was able to get both its offense and defense going early and then pull away to a 36–15 lead at half. Nevada was able to out rebound the taller West Marshall team 32–18 and racked up 15 steals. Leading Nevada in scoring were Tyler Shafer and Preston Shill, with 10 each, followed by Macade Matuska and A.J. Strottman with nine each.

In the second game, the Cubs faced South Hamilton for the second time this season. Nevada got off to a slow start and was trailing early. In the middle of the first quarter, Nevada relied on players coming off the bench to jumpstart the team on both ends of the floor. Trailing 6–0 when the subs entered, Nevada ended the first quarter with a 16–8 lead. In the second quarter the Cubs got going quick and outscored South Hamilton 24–11 to pull away to a commanding 40–19 lead. In the end, Nevada earned a 64–38 win. Leading the Cubs in scoring was Shill with 18. He was followed by Shafer with 17. Leading in rebounding was Mitchell with six, followed by Nate Albrecht with four.

— Submitted by Coach Baethke

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