By Eric Wade
Nevada Daily Mail
The Nevada High School junior varsity boys' basketball squad got back into action Tuesday night against the Tigers of Lamar Friday night, hoping to erase the foul memories of a 32-30 defeat at the hands of Webb City in the team's last outing.
That wasn't to be, however, as head coach Neil Barnes' squad fell into a 14-8 hole early that proved to be too deep.
Though things started out much better Friday than they did against Webb City, the Tigers simply couldn't seem to get much going on either end of the floor. Lamar, however, didn't gain much of an advantage early as it had to battle through some struggles of its own.
At one point in the opening quarter, the Tigers got within two at 10-8, but that was as close as the contest ever got. Lamar eventually recovered thanks to intense rebounding woes for Nevada in the second quarter and took a 29-18 lead into the locker room at halftime.
It didn't help Barnes' squad that Clay Regers got into foul trouble early and went into the break with three fouls. By game's end, the Tigers lost two players to their fifth fouls of the game, but neither of them ultimately turned out to be Regers.
Things simply got worse for the Tigers as the two squads took back to the floor for the second half. This time, however, the shots simply wouldn't fall for the Tigers, ultimately giving Lamar a 48-33 lead heading into the final period.
Rebounding wasn't nearly as big an issue for the Tigers in the second half as the first, but turnovers and the poor field-goal shooting were more than enough for Lamar to continue to keep the pressure on. The Tigers did, however, make a dent in the deficit, outscoring Lamar, 13-9, in the, but it wasn't enough as Barnes' squad fell by a final score of 57-46.
Next on the schedule for the Nevada JV is Tuesday, Feb. 5, when they team up with head coach John McNeley's varsity squad to take on the Mountaineers of Mount Vernon High School. Tipoff for the JV contest is scheduled for 6 p.m.