—by Todd Thorson

It was a game of spurts, and the Norse used a handful of them to put away the Nevada Cubs 55-40 on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 9) in Story City. A 16-11 first quarter lead soon escalated to 30-15, as the Norse doubled up on the Cubs by halftime. A 9-0 run to end the first half pushed the lead to 15 at the break.

"We did a great job defensively in the first half, getting five steals, forcing numerous turnovers and holding Nevada to just 15 points," said Coach Darrin Berggren following the Norsemen’s first game back since before Christmas. "We also had 10 assists (five by Ben Clark) in the first half (alone) and had 11 field goals (as well)."

Nevada made a run to start the third quarter, outscoring the Norse 10-2 to trim the lead to seven. But the Norsemen closed out the quarter on another 7-0 run to push the lead back up to 14. Sam Miller scored four of those seven points during that run - one off an offensive rebound and another one on a nice pass from Nick Ahrens.

"We did a great job of taking care of the basketball down the stretch and hitting our free throws," stated Berggren. The Norse turned the ball over only seven times the entire game, which also helped their cause. They also hit 12 of 14 free throws in the second half to maintain their edge.

Zach Hovick led the Norsemen with 20 points, including four three pointers. Ben Clark had 13 points, including 6 for 6 at the foul line. Adam Shorkey tallied eight points. Sam Miller added six, while Tyler Hovick posted five. And Alex Urbanek pitched in three points. The Norse shot 17 of 37 from the floor for 46 percent. Nevada was 15 of 36 for 42 percent. The Norsemen were 14 of 19 at the free throw line, while the Cubs were 5 of 8. R-S also out-rebounded Nevada 24-20. Clark also managed to dish off six assists, and Ahrens had three assists. Both Clark and Ahrens also had three steals each.

Roland-Story is now 5-2 overall, while Nevada falls to 1-5. Next up for the Norsemen was rival South Hamilton last night (Tuesday) in Story City.