Pirate Nicholson nets 50; sets single-game record for Blue & Gold

Michael L. Misfeldt

Kyler Reece, right muscles through the defense on his way to the bucket while Dylan Gray, left cuts to the paint against Central High School.

Brady Nicholson makes the no-look pass to the open shooter. The Pirates would go on to lose the game 86-43, ending their Blue & Gold Tournament run.

Gray scouts the court for the open man on the fastbreak  (Photos by Ethan Gray)

Brady Nicholson rises up for the tough jumper against the central defender on Dec. 27 at the Blue and Gold Tournament. Nicholson recorded 50 points in his previous game, setting a Blue and Gold record.

Ash Grove knocks off Willow Springs, falls to Central, Greenwood in busy week of action over Christmas break
The Ash Grove boys’ basketball team traveled to Springfield to compete in the Blue & Gold Tournament last week and found mixed results.
Ash Grove opened the tournament against Willow Springs and got the performance of a lifetime from senior Brady Nicholson, as the Pirates won the game 82-80, behind Nicholson’s 50 points.
The Pirates led 15-14 after the first quarter and 39-32 at the half. Willow Springs scored 26 points in the third quarter to cut the Pirates lead to 59-58 heading into the final quarter of play. In the fourth quarter, the Pirates added 23 points, while Willow Springs scored 22 points.
Nicholson set a Blue & Gold single-game scoring record with the half-century mark and Reece added 14 points in the win.
In a consolation round game on Thursday, Dec. 28, Ash Grove lost to Greenwood, 88-73. Brady Nicholson led Ash Grove with 26 points, Asher Rust added 24 points and Kyler Reece had 13 points in the loss.
In the quarterfinals played on Wednesday, Dec. 27, the Pirates lost to Central, 86-43. Nicholson had 15 points and Rust added 10 points in the game.
“While we always want to win, the Blue & Gold is a great learning experience for our guys,” said head coach Grant Williamson. “We were able to play against some of the best teams in southwest Missouri and will be better prepared for postseason play because of it.”
Ash Grove is now 6-5 on the season and were scheduled to travel to Marion C. Early on Friday night.


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