Nevada Tigers defeat McDonald County

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Nevada Daily Mail

ANDERSON, Mo. -- The Nevada Tigers varsity boys' basketball team got back into action Friday night after a three-day layoff and came home with their sixth victory of the season.

The Tigers entered Friday night's game at McDonald County High School at an even .500 on the season after a strong performance against the Panthers of St. Mary's Colgan High School. Despite a slow start that saw the Tigers score just six points in the opening period, head coach John McNeley's squad took the victory by a final score of 56-42.

Despite a slow first quarter in which the Tigers scored just six points, McNeley's squad never trailed after McDonald County scored the first two points of the game, extending a 6-2 first-quarter lead to 27-11 at halftime.

As he has done all season long, senior Silas Smith led the Tigers' offense with 14 points. Smith was joined in double figures by Jamin Brandt and Nathan Colopy with 10 points apiece. Drey Fickle led the offense for the Mustangs with 12 points.

Nevada completed the sweep in the junior varsity contest, taking the victory by a final score of 51-37.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 6-5 on the season and will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 17, when they open the Kansas National Guard Invitational tournament at Frontenac High School. The Tigers will open the tournament at 6:45 p.m., against Frontenac High School.

The Mustangs (3-10) are also scheduled to take part in that tournament. They open play at Frontenac on Thursday as well, taking on Riverton at 8:30 p.m.

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