Tigers drop road contest to Smith-Cotton
SEDALIA ---- The Nevada Tigers fell to Sedalia Smith-Cotton 56-47 in a Tuesday night West Central Conference contest. Nevada trailed 13-11 after the first quarter, and 28-17 at the half.
With the loss, Nevada is 14-10 overall (6-5 West Central Conference).
"We played well early but did not rebound well throughout the game," Nevada head coach Shaun Gray said. "First half foul trouble and lack of rebounding put us in a hole early."
The Tigers cut into the lead in the third quarter due in large part to the play of Clay Gayman, who dropped in eight points, as the Tigers outscored Sedalia 14-9. Nevada trailed 37-31 entering the final frame.
"We played much better in the third quarter," Gray said.
Nevada was able to keep the game close as guard Daulton Shepard completed a three-point play to trim Smith-Cotton's lead to two with just under three minutes remaining in regulation. Sedalia's Zion Buckner answered with a 3-pointer to put Smith-Cotton back up five. Buckner then iced the game at the free throw line, knocking down 5-of-6 charities as Smith-Cotton pulled away for the nine-point victory.
For Nevada, Gayman and point guard Matthew Sommer chipped in with 12 points apiece, while Patrick Ferry added six. Sedalia forward Dante Scroggins finished with a game-high 24 points, while Buckner contributed 22.
"Scroggins took advantage of our bigs being in foul trouble, scoring 18 first half points," Gray said. "Excessive turnovers as well as quick, less than desirable shot attempts also hurt us as we tried to fight our way back into the game."
The Tigers conclude their regular season on the road, squaring off Friday night against Center High School in Kansas City.
Prior to the varsity game, the Nevada junior varsity boys' team was defeated by Smith-Cotton 45-26.
This article will appear in Friday's edition of the Daily Mail