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BOYS HOOPS: Strong second half leads Webb City past Nevada in tourney opener

SoMo Sports staff reports

FRONTENAC, Kan. — Webb City shook off a slow start and overcame a 10-point deficit with a strong second half en route to a 61-46 victory over Nevada on Thursday at the Four State Raider Classic at Frontenac High School.

Defending champion Webb City meets Fort Scott in the semifinals at 5:30 on Friday night. 

Fort Scott topped Seneca 45-35.

Webb City’s Holton Keith scores inside against Nevada’s Brice Budd (5) and Cade Beshore (4) on Thursday at Frontenac High School. Photo by Derek Livingston.


The game was tied at intermission, but the Cardinals outscored the Tigers 36-21 in the second half. 

Webb City improved to 12-3, while Nevada slipped to 6-10. 

Nevada’s Jack Cheaney hit a trio of 3-pointers early in the contest to give the Tigers an 11-2 lead.

The Cardinals struggled offensively early in the game, as they missed their first 10 field goal attempts.

Nevada led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers took a 10-point lead at 19-9 after treys from Riddick Shook and Cade Beshore. 

A pair of 3-pointers from Joe Adams and a layup from Holton Keith cut Webb City’s deficit to one at 22-21.

Overall, the Cardinals closed the first half on a 16-6 run and the game was deadlocked at halftime, 25-25.

Webb City’s Barron Duda looks for an opening against Nevada’s Cade Beshore at the Four State Raider Classic. Photo by Derek Livingston.

Webb City scored the first seven points of the third period to take a lead they would never relinquish.

The Cardinals outscored the Tigers 22-8 in the third period for a 47-33 advantage heading into the final frame.

Alex Martin’s putback gave Webb City a 54-40 lead with just under five minutes to play and Keith’s trey extended Webb City’s advantage to 59-42.

A 6-5 senior forward, Martin recorded a double-double for the Cardinals with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Barron Duda and Keith contributed 10 points apiece for the Cardinals, who out-rebounded the Tigers 38-28.

Shook and Beshore scored 11 points apiece for Nevada, while Cheaney added 10. 

Nevada had 15 turnovers to Webb City’s seven.



In a close first half, Fort Scott led 11-8 at the end of the first period and the Tigers were up 22-19 at intermission. 

Seneca’s deficit was 10 at the end of the third quarter, as the Tigers held a 34-24 lead.

The Indians were unable to overcome the double-digit deficit in the final frame.

Cooper Long scored eight points for the Indians, while Ethan Altic and Gavyn Hoover added seven points apiece and Zane Grotjohn chipped in six.

Marquinn Johnson led Fort Scott with 14 points.

Nevada and Seneca will meet at 5:30 on Friday night in the consolation semifinals. 


Webb City senior Alex Martin scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Nevada on Thursday night at the Four State Raider Classic at Frontenac High School. Photos by Derek Livingston.


Webb City’s Jonah Spieker puts up a shot from in close against Nevada’s Kellan Ast (33) on Thursday in Frontenac, Kansas.


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