After coming off a tough home loss to the Kirby Trojans 62-34 last Monday night Oct. 30 the Nevada Blue Jays got back on track on Halloween night Oct. 31 to edge off Ouachtia Warriors 58-55 in conference play at Nevada High School Gymnasium.

After coming off a tough home loss to the Kirby Trojans 62-34 last Monday night Oct. 30 the Nevada Blue Jays got back on track on Halloween night Oct. 31 to edge off Ouachtia Warriors 58-55 in conference play at Nevada High School Gymnasium.
The Blue Jays only trailed once in their battle against Ouachita despite being tied twice early in first quarter action. Keyonte Coleman got the Blue Jays rolling swishing a trifecta from behind the arc at the 7:22 mark for a Nevada 3-0 advantage. The Warriors went on a mini run and regain the lead at 5-2. Nevada' Bryson Rhodes drained a trey from behind the arc to tie the game at 5-5, then Coleman made a basket to put Nevada back up 7-5 at the 5:20 mark.
Brandon Gulley converted a three-point play and Boston Moore followed up with a basket that gave the Blue Jays a 12-7 advantage with almost three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Ouachita cut their deficit to trail 12-10 with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Coleman drained a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Blue Jays ended first period action leading Ouachita 15-10.
In the second quarter, the Blue Jays and Ouachtia both accounted 10 points apiece in team scoring. At halftime, the Blue Jays led the Warriors, 25-20.
In the third, the Blue Jays charged back and outscored Ouachita 19-11. At the end of three periods, the Blue Jays had their biggest lead margin of the game 44-31.
In the fourth, the Blue Jays sparked at the start with key baskets from Rhodes and Brandon Gulley to extend Nevada's lead 48-32 at the 6:48 mark. Ouachita answered with a trey and a shot from the field. DeAndre Gulley stopped the Oucahita run with a basket at the 4:32 mark, but the Warriors kept charging back with baskets. Brandon Gulley, DeVory'a Smith each contributed to scoring down to the 3:11 mark, then Coleman sank a pair of free-throws to put keep Nevada leading 55-46 with 1:19 left to play in the game.
Down under a minute, Ouachita kept scoring baskets and then trailed by five points 55-50 with 28 seconds to play. The Warriors went to the charity stripe and made both shot to now cut the Blue Jays lead to only three points, 55-52 with 14 seconds left in the contest. Moore for the Blue Jays scored to give Nevada an 57-52 advantage. The Warriors drained a trey with 2.7 seconds to trail 57-55. Coleman for Nevada visited the free-throw line and split a pair of shots to give the Blue Jays an 58-55 lead. With .7 seconds, Ouachita missed the tying shot from behind the arc and Nevada went onto victory.
For the game, Coleman led the Blue Jays with 16 points, Rhodes dropped 14 points and Brandon Gulley added 11 points for a trio of double-figures. DeAndre Gulley contributed eight points, Smith scored five points and Moore finished with four points.
Next week, the Blue Jays will return to action on the road at Camden Harmony Grove, then hosting Hermitage at home.
The Blue Jays improve to 3-1 overall, 2-0 in conference thus far under head coach Bobby Mullins.