When Wilber-Clatonia made a 15-1 run in the third quarter to bring the contest within four points, Tri County’s Creighton Niemeyer responded.
The 6-foot-2 junior scored 10 of 16 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Trojans put an exclamation on a 24-point fourth quarter on their way to a 58-42 win on the Wolverines home floor.
 “You got to give credit to Wilber there at the end of the third, they just kept coming,” Tri County head coach Cory Jensen said. “They were down 13 at half or something, we were kind of sleep walking through the third quarter and I don’t know something in them. They woke up and they started playing.”
Tri County made their run in the second quarter after a defensive battle in the first eight minutes of play that featured a combined 15 points. Riley Knust scored six of his team-high 18 points in the quarter and Evan Larson added two 3-pointers to guide the Trojans to a 27-16 halftime lead.
Wilber-Clatonia closed the gap in the third quarter with five different players recording baskets. Preston Lee led the team in quarter with four points and the Wolverines entered the last eight minutes of play with a 34-28 deficit.
“I knew Wilber wouldn’t quit. It’s just not in their nature, but I have pretty good confidence in our guys. We got a really good group,” Jensen said.
Tri County finished the game with all five starters recording points in the final quarter of play and netting four of the team’s nine 3-pointers.
Jensen gave credit to his team’s unselfishness for their solid shooting night.
“These guys don’t care who scores. That’s the biggest thing with this group. They’re so fun to be around,” he said. “We also stress in practice making that extra pass and I think we showed that there in the fourth quarter. We had some good ones in the first half too, but we’re always making that extra pass.”
Larson finished the game with 13 point and Cole Siems recorded 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Trojans.
Hunter Cerveny paced Wilber-Clatonia with 10 points and Coltin Rezabek added nine.
Tri County (1-0) will head to Heartland on Friday, while Tri County (0-1) will have their home opener against Lawrence-Nelson on Saturday.