The Nebraska City boys’ basketball team was down by just two points in the second quarter, but empty offensive possessions on turnovers by the Pioneers allowed Mount Michael to run away with a 72-26 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
“We started the game real well,” coach Matt Thompson said.  “We shot the ball better than we have been.  We just had some break downs in the second quarter.”
Thompson felt that this team started playing too quick for its own good and took too many quick shots.
In the second quarter with the Pioneers trailing by five, Sam Williams hit a corner three point shot to get Nebraska City within two, 17-15.  Turnovers plagued the Pioneers, allowing the Knights to go on a run.
Williams led the Pioneers in scoring with nine. Other scorers for the Pioneers were Bryce Levy, five; Jacob Shannon and Jace Becker, four each; Langston Hoover, two; and  Jaydin Aldana, two.
Looking ahead, Coach Thompson is looking to correct the things that have made for a tough season.
“We are looking to do things right,” said Thompson.  “Sometimes there are growing pains involved, but we will be better in the long run.”

Auburn 64, NC 21
Auburn snapped a six-game losing streak when they defeated the Pioneers 64-21 on Saturday, Jan. 6.
The leading scorer for the Pioneers was Jacob Shannon with eight.  Noted scorers were Bryce Levy, five; Zach Benton, four; and Becker and Williams, two each.

Blair 66, NC 27
A slow first quarter start for the Pioneers gave Blair an opportunity to get its sixth win on the season on Friday, Jan. 5
Blair jumped out to a 23-6 first quarter lead and the Pioneers had trouble getting back in the game.
The leading scorer for Nebraska City was Eli Southard with seven.  Other scorers were Shannon, six; Langston Hoover and Bryce Levy, four each; Tyler Levy, three; Becker, two; and Nick Zaroban, one.
Nebraska City will be at home against Gretna on Friday, Jan. 12, starting at 7:30 p.m.