It was a classic match-up for the nightcap battle on the hardwood last Thursday night at Nevada High School Gymnasium in Rosston, featuring two close towns and counties with historic basketball backgrounds clashing for a competitive showdown of visiting Class 2A Hempstead County Blevins Hornets vs. Nevada County's Class 1A Blue Jays facing off in senior high boys hoops.

It was a classic match-up for the nightcap battle on the hardwood last Thursday night at Nevada High School Gymnasium in Rosston, featuring two close towns and counties with historic basketball backgrounds clashing for a competitive showdown of visiting Class 2A Hempstead County Blevins Hornets vs. Nevada County's Class 1A Blue Jays facing off in senior high boys hoops.

Both teams came into their game unbeaten with the Hornets 3-0 and Nevada 1-0 were ready to showcase some intense and exciting basketball play in Rosston. Their match-up went down to the wire with several lead changes throughout the entire contest. But in the end, the hometown Blue Jays would prevail over the Hornets 73-71 with Nevada victorious in their season home opener in front of the dedicated fanbase of the Jays.

In the first quarter action, the Hornets held the early spark and advantage with Zane Kirkham putting Blevins ahead with the game's first basket at the 6:52 mark 2-0. Nevada answered quickly with Colby Gulley scoring to tie the game, 2-2 at the 6:40 mark. Blevins' Deandre Burton swished a trifecta from behind the arc at the 5:55 mark to give the Hornet's a slight three-point edge. Nevada's Keyonte Coleman answered with a trey from downtown to knot the game at 5-5 at the 5:37 mark. Blevins' big man Kirkham and Burton scored consecutive baskets for Blevins to give the visiting Hornets a four point lead 9-5 down to the 4:44 mark.

The Blue Jays came back with another trifecta from behind the arc made by Colby Gulley, but Burton nailed one as well for Blevins to extend the Hornets' lead 12-8 at the 4:05 mark. Coleman for Nevada swished one of his own from downtown behind the arc to pull the Blue Jays within one point of Blevins lead 12-11 at the 3:33 mark. Then DeAndre Gulley scored to give Nevada their first lead of the game at the 3:11 mark 13-12. Blevins Ernan Gomez stepped up and knocked down a three-pointer to give the Hornets a two-point edge 15-13. Nevada's Gulley tied the game at 15-15, but Blevins Kirkham and Cameron Lane scored the final points of the quarter and the Hornets took a 20-15 lead over Nevada to end first quarter play.

Tonight, the Hornets look to bounce back in home action hosting the Taylor Tigers for Monday night hoops at the Imon G. Brown Gymnasium.

In the second, the Hornets dropped 17 points on the scoreboard but the Blue Jays nailed 23 points to give them a slim one point edge at the break over Blevins, 38-37.

In the third quarter, dropped another 17 points, but the Blue Jays out-scored their visiting opponents with 18 points. At the end of three periods of action, Nevada led Blevins 56-54 to anticipate an exciting finale period.

In the fourth, Nevada took a four point lead off a scored basket from Kobe Edwards at the 7:55 mark 58-54. The Hornets tied it back with consecutive baskets from Lane to knot the game at 58-58 with 7:02 remaining to play in the game. Colby Gulley sank two key free-throws, then scored a basket with DeAndre Gulley adding to the scoreboard to give Nevada an 64-58 advantage. Blevins' Kirkham hit 1-2 free-throws with Lane contributing back to back baskets to pull the Hornets within one point, 64-63 with 4:41 remaining in the game. As both teams continued their sparks of scoring, the Blue Jays maintained a 72-67 advantage down to the 2:13 mark. Hornets' Lane sank a shot with Kirkham following up for a key basket to cut the Blue Jay lead to an one point advantage, 72-71 with 50 seconds left to play in the contest.

Nevada held possession but was fouled where senior Brandon Gulley split a pair of free-throws to extend the Blue Jay lead 73-71. The Hornets had the final possession with 5.5 seconds coming out a time out, but missed a key shot at the buzzer and the Blue Jays survived for the win to remain unbeaten at 2-0 and had the talented Blevins their first loss of the season at 3-1 overall.

For the game, Blevins' Kirkham led all scorers with a huge 24 points, Lane dropped 19 points and Burton had 13 points with three trey's for double-figures. Ernan Gomez scored six points and Corta Young added two points.

Nevada's Brandon Gulley led scoring with 19 points, Colby Gulley scored 14 points, DeAndre Gulley and Keymote Coleman each scored 12 points apiece for double-figures. DeVory'a Smith scored six points and Bryson Rhodes contributed five points.

Tonight, the Hornets look to regroup and and return to the hardwood for home hoops hosting Taylor Tigers for Monday night basketball action at the Imon G. Brown Gymnasium.