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NCMS Boys' Basketball Team Kicks off their Season at Perry

By: Jack Holthaus and Owen Carpenter

January 22, 2019

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School boys' basketball team is getting a new look this season. NCMS switched from the Oregon Trail League to the Big 7 League, which is a huge step up from the old league. In the Big 7 League, the boys do not start playing basketball games until January and they will finish up at the end of February. This season there are 10 boys out for basketball in the 7th grade and 13 boys out for basketball in the 8th grade. The coaches are Mr. Cory Bass and Mr. Schuyler Mayberry. The Thunder team has three managers this season. The managers for the NCMS basketball team are Jack Holthaus, Wyatt Nocks, and Kaden Peterson.

    The NCMS boys kicked off their league play by traveling to Perry on Monday, January 7.  The Thunder team got off to a good start offensively scoring 7 points. However, Perry jumped out on top with 12 points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Thunder boys started to make a comeback. They added 6 points to their score and defensively held the Kaws to only two points. The halftime score was 13-14 with the Thunder team trailing by a point.

    The NC team ended up having a really good pep talk and came back after half time ready to play the third quarter. The Thunder and the Kaws were evenly matched in the third quarter with each team scoring 9 points leaving the Thunder still with a one-point deficit in the game. At the end of the third quarter, the score ended up being 22-23. The last quarter was great for the NC boys. NC scored 10 points which put them in a very good spot since they held the Kaws to 3 points. NC took the win by 6 points. The final score was 32-26.

    “We had a rough start to the game,  but we rallied back in the second half and pulled out a team win in the end," said Blake Stallbaumer.

    The Thunder 8th-grade B-team lost their first game to Perry.  They played hard but just came up short in the game.  

    The seventh-grade A-team boys also played a stunning game with Perry.  Even though it was the 7th grade’s first middle school basketball game, they were on fire scoring 13 points in the first quarter. Their defense was getting the job done also by holding Perry scoreless in the first quarter.  The Thunder team was off to a great start. Seven points were made in the following quarter. Six of those points were made up of two-pointers and one point was from a free throw. The Thunder A-Team’s score was now 20, with the Perry team on the board in the second quarter with 3 points.

    The Thunder A-Team was doing absolutely fantastic against the Perry team. In the third quarter, the NC boys made 8 points by normal means, and two free throw shots, raising the score up 10 points, for a total of 30 points for the third quarter. The Perry team, on the other hand, was held scoreless in the third quarter. In the fourth and final quarter, the Perry team gained 4 points, raising their score to 7. The Thunder team added seven new points to their score, raising it to 37. The game was over. The NC A-Team beat the Perry team by a long shot. Overall, the game was extremely successful for the Thunder team. The final score was a whopping 37-7.

    The NC B-Team also played a successful game that night. They brought home a win, and the players did really well. For the first quarter, 4 points were made by the NC boys, all from two-pointers, and the Perry team also started off with 4 points. In the second quarter, the Perry team was held scoreless. The Thunder B-Team scored 7 more points, increasing their score to 11 by the end of the second quarter. The half time score was 11-4 with a Thunder lead.

    For the third quarter, the Perry team added 4 points. The Thunder B-Team was still on a roll, scoring six more points and now they had 17 points by the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, and final quarter, the Perry team scored 3 points for a total of 11 in the game. For the Thunder B-team, they finished with 18, because of a free throw shot. The Thunder B-Team won the game with an 18-11 score.

    “It was our first game, we played really hard as a team, and we took home the win," said Miles Carpenter.

    The Thunder teams started out the first games of the season winning 3 of the 4 games that were played against Perry in the Big 7 League.

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