CLINTON, Mo. -- Nevada High School seniors Silas Smith and Jamin Brandt teamed up to score 32 points and lead the Tigers to a strong second-half performance and a 58-42 victory over the Clinton Cardinals Thursday night, snapping a two-game losing skid.
In those two games, the Tigers simply couldn't seem to get much of anything going on the offensive end of the floor and put up a total of just 81 points combined. The Tigers' leading scorer, Silas Smith, was held to a total of 28 points in the two contests and the Tigers simply couldn't seem to stop anything the opposition threw at them.
In Thursday's contest, however, Nevada took a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime, leading 21-20 before out-scoring Clinton, 37-22, during the third and fourth quarters. Smith and Brandt scored 16 points apiece while Zach Adams led the Cardinals with 13.
The Tigers also won the junior-varsity game by a final score of 63-56, while Clinton's freshmen prevailed in the first game of the evening, 63-45.
With the win, the varsity Tigers improved to 3-4 on the year, while Clinton dropped to 0-5.
The Tigers conclude their first-semester schedule next Thursday night, when the Monett Cubs visit the Wynn Gymnasium for a varsity/junior-varsity twin bill. Those games originally were scheduled Nov. 20, but were postponed a month because of the Cubs' post-season football success.