Behind a career high 28 points from sophomore guard, Matt Sommer, the Nevada Tigers pulled off the first upset of the 90th Annual Clinton Boys Basketball Tournament Tuesday night. The fifth seeded Tigers defeated the #4 seeded Knob Noster Panthers 7-54 at Clinton High School. Sommer scored 14 points in each half and had five treys and went 7 of 8 from the free throw line in the second half. Brandon Barker joined Sommer in double figures with 15 points, 13 in the first half. Nevada came out fast racing to a 35-20 lead by halftime. Knob Noster closed the gap to four at 47-43 early in the fourth quarter but a three pointer from Sommer on the next possession gave Nevada a 50-43 lead and the Panthers never threatened again. Nevada improved to 5-10 with the win while Knob Noster slipped to 10-6. The Panthers were led by Lucas Rincker with 14 points. Nevada will head to the winner's bracket semi-finals Thursday night at 7:30 against the top seeded Camdenton Lakers. Camdenton defeated the Holden Eagles 74-46 in their first round contest Tuesday. Coverage will start at 7:15 p.m. on 97.5 FM, KNMO and online at www.knemknmo.com along with www.nevadamotv.com.
The Nevada Lady Tigers head back to Clinton Wednesday night for the winner's bracket semi-finals of the Clinton Girls Basketball Tournament. #2 seed Nevada will square off against #3 El Dorado Springs in a 9:00 p.m. contest. Nevada enters the matchup at 12-3 while the Lady Bulldogs are 9-8 but the Lady Bulldogs are the defending Class 3 state champions. Pregame coverage starts at about 8:45 p.m. on KNEM/KNMO-FM along with www.knemknmo.com and www.nevadamotv.com. The other winner's bracket semi-final gets underway at 7:30 p.m. with #1 Odessa taking on #4 Warrensburg. The consolation semi-finals begin at 4:30 p.m. with Knob Noster against Clinton followed by a 6:00 p.m. contest between Sherwood and the Odessa JV.
The Nevada Lady Tigers shook off the rust and returned after a nine day layoff with a solid effort Monday night in the first round of the 37th Annual Clinton Girls Basketball Tournament. The second seeded Lady Tigers made quick work of the Odessa Lady Bulldog Junior Varsity with a 70-32 win. Nevada took control early with a 23-7 lead after the first quarter and 46-15 at the half. All nine players on the Lady Tiger roster made their way into the scorebook with three reaching double figures. Morgan McNeley led the way with 15 points while Megan Payne added 13 and Rilie Good 12. The Lady Tigers improved to 12-3 on the season. Nevada will return fbor the semi-finals in the Clinton tournament Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. against third seeded El Dorado Springs. The Lady Bulldogs posted a 65-43 win over the Sherwood Lady Marksmen in Monday night's final game. Airtime will be 8:45 p.m. on KNEM/KNMO-FM, www.knemknmo.com and www.nevadamotv.com.
In other first round action Monday night at the Clinton girls tourney, top seeded Odessa cruised to a 64-32 win over Knob Noster and fourth seeded Warrensburg got past Clinton 40-31.
The Nevada Tiger junior varsity captured a win in their first round contest Monday at the El Dorado Springs Boy JV Tournament. The 5th seeded Tiger JV defeated #4 Skyline 44-37. Hunter Mason had 12 points while Derek O'Dell added 10. Nevada returns to El Dorado Springs Wednesday night to play top seeded Fort Scott at 6:30 p.m.
The Nevada Middle School 8th grade boys swept both ends of a basketball doubleheader at home Monday night against Fort Scott. Nevada won the "A" game 38-26 and then took the "B" contest 47-20. In the 7th grade action, the results were reversed. It was Fort Scott with the win in the "A" game 39-23 and 24-18 in the "B" game.
Nevada Lady Tiger Swimmers competed in the Red Bird Invitational in Webb City on Saturday. The Lady Tigers placed 5th out of 10 teams, with Webb City claiming the Number 1 spot. Individually, Nevada did well as they placed 3rd in the Girls 200 yard Medly Relay with a time of 2:11.71. The team was comprised of Makayla Haner, Paige Webb, Morgan Ernsbarger, and Emma Denman. Morgan Ernsbarger also placed 2nd in both the Girls 200 Yard IM with a time of 2:40.07 and the Girls 100 Yard Butterfly with a time of 1:14.66. Nevada also placed 2nd in the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:56.19. That team was comprised of Makayla Haner, Morgan Ernsbarger, Anna Fulton, and Emma Denman.
On the schedule tonight, the Nevada Middle School Boys basketball teams will be back in action as they host El Dorado Springs. The 7th Grade team will play at the Nevada Community Center. Tip-off is set for 5:30 P.M. The 8th Grade team will play at Nevada Middle School. Tip-off for that game is also scheduled at 5:30 P.M.
Nevada High School Freshman boys and girls basketball teams will play at Bolivar tonight. Tip-off for the evening is set for 6:00 P.M. in Bolivar.
The Cottey Comets are back in action Tuesday after a nearly two week break. The Comets were scheduled to play Penn Valley last Friday, but the game postponed due to a leak in the roof that allowed water to reach the playing surface, which deemed the court unplayable. Comets Head Coach Stephanie Beason says, the break has given players extra time to rest. Cottey travels to Trenton, MO Tuesday to take on North Central Missouri College. Beason says, a major key is mental focus. Cottey comes into the matchup with a record of 8-5 on the season. Tip-off is set for 5:30 P.M.
Arkansas watched as Missouri sophomore guard, Wes Clark, missed two free throws with 3.3 seconds left and the Razorbacks held on for a 61-60 win over the Tigers Saturday afternoon in SEC play at Mizzou Arena. Alandise Harris scored 14 points to lead Arkansas (15-4, 4-2) while Montaque Gill-Caesar paced Missouri (7-12, 1-5) with 16 points but the Tigers lost their fifth straight game. Now, Mizzou must face the unbeaten and number ranked Kentucky Wildcats Thursday night in Columbia at 8:00 p.m. Tiger Network coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. on AM 1240, KNEM.