Nixon scored in about every way possible. He got the first two in-game dunks of his career thanks to running the floor in transition. The first was a one-handed flush off a feed by Josh Niekamp midway through the second quarter. The next was a two-hander in the third, as Minster started to gain a little separation from Versailles.
McClurg couldn’t stop talking about his 6-foot-5 post player after the game. He went 13 of 24 shooting, scoring 27 points over the final three quarters while adding a pair of blocks. Ten of his rebounds came at the offensive end.
“We’re learning on the fly, trying to get ourselves better,” said Swank of his inexperienced lineup, which features just one returning rotation player. “But I really liked our effort and our intensity. We just need to execute a little bit better and clean up some things. We gave up some offensive rebounds and things like that. The Nixon kid is going to do that to you because he’s pretty dang good. … But we’re going to get better. I was a lot happier with how we played tonight than what we did (in a season-opening loss to Celina). I think as they keep gaining that varsity-level experience, they’re going to be a tough out at the end of the year.”
“I feel like we have a great chance to be a lot better than we were last year,” he said. “I’m not sure where we ended last year — I think we had six or eight losses or somewhere around there. I feel like we can get that down to two or three this year before we enter the tournament and we can go have a great run.”