By Eric Wade
Nevada Daily Mail
The Nevada High School freshman boys' basketball squad got back into action Friday night, hoping to erase the memory of a 36-24 defeat at the hands of the Cardinals of Webb City in the last outing for head coach Kyle Talley's squad.
That wasn't to be, however, as the Tigers of Lamar scored early and often, ultimately taking the victory by a final score of 52-41.
Talley said his squad, "played very well defensively," in the last outing, but Webb City took advantage of a number of struggles on the boards. That was all the edge the Cardinals needed as they took the 12-point victory.
The scenario was much the same Friday as the Tigers struggled early on both ends of the floor. Though the defense picked up its intensity as the minutes wore on, the same could not be said for Nevada's offense and Lamar took advantage.
By the time the first quarter came to an end, Talley's Tigers were already in a significant hole, down 14-3. That hole only got bigger as both sides struggled with turnovers, but Lamar's offense never let up noticeably.
The Tigers didn't get outscored as much in the second quarter, but Lamar still used a 12-9 edge to take a 26-12 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Tigers once again struggled with rebounding, allowing Lamar to dominate the boards. That resulted in yet another impressive quarter for the visitors that gave Talley's squad a 15-point deficit, heading into the final 7 minutes of the contest down, 37-22.
Nevada's best quarter of the game came in the final frame as the Tigers, outscored Lamar, 19-15. That wasn't enough, however, and Lamar took the victory by a final score of 52-41.
Andrew Heathman led the offensive effort for the Tigers with 16 points and was joined in double figures by Derek O'Dell with 11.
Next on the schedule for Nevada is Feb. 7, at McDonald County. Tipoff for that contest is set for 7 p.m.