Carl Junction edges Nevada

Jan. 24—An efficient start on offense to each half gave Carl Junction just enough cushion to claim a 66-62 win over Nevada on Tuesday night at Wynn Gym in Nevada.

The Bulldogs (9-7) were leading 19-17 after the opening quarter and maintained their lead to go into the break up 33-32.

Brody Pant was scoring at will in the first quarter with 10 points and two 3-pointers. Pant had 16 by halftime.

He didn't really slow down in the second half as he came out with 6 points in the third quarter. Teammates Deacon Endicott and Cooper Vediz added 6 each and then Jett Hocutt registered 2 more as the team scored 20 in the period.

CJ held Nevada (9-9) to 14 points in the third period and boosted its advantage to 7 at 53-46.

Eight points from Brice Budd along with 7 from Jack Cheaney sparked a potential comeback for the Tigers but it fell short. Nevada outscored Carl Junction 16-13 in the fourth.

The Bulldogs were led by Pant's 29 points and got 16 from Vediz. Hocutt added 10.

Budd led Nevada with 21 and Cheaney added 19.

Head coach Shaun Gray said his team would like to finish better at the rim than it did on Tuesday night, but he also noted that nine 3-pointers and shooting 13 of 14 on free throws is typically a recipe for a win.

But Carl Junction was able to withstand those numbers and earn a victory.