DEWITT -- Tri County saw a 16 point lead shrink to five in the third quarter Tuesday night, but they were able to pull away in the fourth quarter for the win.

The Trojans defeated Pawnee City 61-47 Tuesday night at Tri County High School. The win extends the Trojans' record to 3-0.

Trojan Coach Cory Jensen said they'll take the win, but it was probably their ugliest offensive performance of the year.

"You've got to give cred to Pawnee City, but our shot selection was not where it needed to be," Jensen said. "The previous two games, that was much better and it's easily fixable. Turnovers killed us at times, but down the stretch, the guys came through and played their butts off on defense and got some easy buckets."

Tri County maintained a lead throughout the game, including a 17-10 lead after the first quarter and a 32-22 lead at half time.

They started out the third quarter on an 11-3 run to extend their lead to 43-27. Pawnee City was down, but not out. They went on a 9-0 run to end the third quarter and then opened the fourth quarter with a basket to make it 43-38.

Tri County answered with a 14-2 run, though, to put the game away. They eventually won 61-47.

"Basketball is a game of runs and there was a lot of them in this game," Jensen said. "You expect that from Pawnee City because they are well coached, but I've got to hand it to our guys and our leaders who got us through those tough moments."

Riley Knust and Creighton Niemeyer once again led the way for the Trojans offensively. Knust finished with 25 points while Niemeyer scored 19 points.

"Riley and Creighton are just relentless on the offensive end," Jensen said. "They go to the hole, they're smart, they know when to attack and when not to -- they're just good."

Rounding out the scoring for Tri County was Cole Siems with nine and Ethan Knust and Evan Larson with four each.

Pawnee City's Sabian Adams led the way with 18 points while Andre Fortunato had 11, Andrew Davis had eight, TJ Mawhiney had six and Mason Lierz and Kodenn Koester had two each.

The Trojans will be in action again on Friday when they host Southern. They'll travel to Centennial on Saturday

"We'll take 3-0," Jensen said. "We've got two big games coming up and we're taking them one at a time."

Pawnee City, who is missing two starters due to football injuries, have started the season 1-2. They will travel to Johnson County Central on Saturday.

Other boys scores


Dorchester 3 7 2 0 -- 12

Diller-Odell 20 18 15 8 -- 61

Dorchester--Vielma 2, Brunnett 4, Tyser 2, Hoffman 4.

Diller-Odell--Meyer 4, martin 2, McLaughlin 1, Arnold 2, Jones 5, Klecan 6, Mohr 13, Warren 5, Sutton 12, W. Scheele 5, Newby 1, Jurgens 5.


Superior 7 9 17 9 -- 42

Fairbury 11 12 12 10 -- 50

Superior--Baker 5, Bilbert 8, Leibel 11, Healey 8, Edwards 10.

Fairbury--Melcher 6, Robertson 7, Wasserman 14, Parrack 2, Amundson 10, Holes 6, DeBoer 5.


Lewiston 3 2 12 9 -- 26

H-TR-S 8 12 11 19 -- 50

Lewiston--Hippen 11, Barker 3, Meybrunn 4, Janssen 2, Gonzales 2, Hunt 2, Christen 2.

H-TR-S--Lockard 10, Patzel 2, Bredemeier 6, Hain 7, Tackett 2, Hazen 4, Sherman 19.