The 13th annual Heartland Hoops Classic takes place in Grand Island on Saturday and Jacob Padilla is there bringing you running updates from the high school hoops event.
Falls City Sacred Heart 47, Fullerton 38
The first game of the day was a back-and-forth affair early as Sacred Heart opened on a 10-2 run, Fullerton closed the first quarter with 14 unanswered and Sacred Heart scored nine straight to take a 25-20 lead after the first possession of the second half.
The third quarter featured a couple of lead changes and ties but Sacred Heart took a 34-30 lead into the fourth quarter and held on to the end as the Warriors missed ll five of their 3-point attempts and the Irish shot 6-of-9 from the free-throw line int he fourth quarter.
Sacred Heart senior Tyler Whitt recorded a double-double with 14 points on 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line with 10 rebounds (five offensive), three steals, two assists and a block despite Fullerton using a box-and-one to limit his touches. Freshman Jack Fiegener scored 13 points and Jarrot Simon added 10.
Isaac Gleason led Fullerton with 10 points while Jordan Maxfield added nine points and six boards.
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F: Isaac Gleason 10, Jordan Maxfield 9, Hunter Haughton 7, Brandon Rasmussen 5, Tresdon Gonsior 5, Kyle Knopik 2
FCSH: Tyler Whitt 14, Jack Fiegener 13, Jarrot Simon 13, Jakob Jordan 6, Jake Hoy 4
Yutan 67, Elm Creek 47
Yutan jumped out to a 23-12 lead in the second quarter, Elm Creek hit a pair of 3s to cut it back down to five then Yutan ripped off 10 straight to end the first half, taking a 33-18 lead into the locker room. Yutan opened the third quarter 4-of-4 from the field with three 3s and quickly built the lead up to 20 then cruised the rest of the way.
Junior point guard Brady Timm flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. Senior guard Trey Knudsen, a Morningside commit, led all players with 20 points. Senior guard Will Hays added 14 of his own, shooting 4-of-6 from deep.
Senior Gage Clabaugh led the Buffaloes with 19 points and four rebounds while junior Trey Miner added 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (1-of-2 from 3) and 2-of-2 from the line with five rebounds.
EC: Gage Clabaugh 19, Trey Miner 11, Karsten McCarter 9, Troy Brumels 5, Beau Knapp 3
Y: Trey Knudsen 20, Brady Timm 17, Will Hays 14, Colby Tichota 7, Sam Petersen 4, Isaiah Daniell 3, Joe Pleskac 2
Kearney 73, Elkhorn Mt. Michael 50
Kearney jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 23-point win over the Knights.
Mt. Michael shot 1-of-11 from the field with six turnovers in the first quarter as the Bearcats built up a 22-4 lead after one. The onslaught continued into the second quarter as Kearney jumped ahead 32-9 before Mt. Michael settled down and closed the half on a 10-5 run to make it 37-19 at the break.
Mt. Michael continued to struggle in the second half and the Bearcats cruised to the victory.
Senior guard Colin Murray led all scorers with 26 points while shooting 8-of-13 from 3, setting a new school and event record for 3s made in a single game. Seth Stroh added 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
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K: Colin Murray 26, Seth Stroh 12, Easton Bruce 9, Jack Johnson 9, Will Vanderbeek 8, Nate Jacobsen 4, Trevor Cumpston 3, Preston Pearson 2
EMM: Kaleb Brink 9, Airan Lopez 8, Brad Bennett 8, Greg Gonzalez 8, Kyle Pelan 8, Joe Bruggeman 4, Ethan Meduna 3, Joe Chouinard 2
BRLD 61, Hastings 57
BRLD put up 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the first quart to take an early lead that it held on to throughout most of the game. The Tigers cut it all the way down and briefly took the lead to open the fourth, but BRLDR took it back and held on for the win.
BRLD opened the game with a 9-3 run then closed the first quarter with seven straight to take a 20-13 lead. The Wolverines cooled off in the second quarter but Hastings shot 1-of-5 from 3 its self and only managed to shade one point off BRLD’s lead at halftime, 20-23.
Four BRLD turnovers fueled the start of Hastings’ comeback as Hastings’ frontcourt of Haggan Hilgendorf and Jake Schroder combined for 13 of the Tigers’ 17 points. BRLD took a one-point lead into the final period until Connor Creech gave the Tigers the lead with a 3, but Darwin Snyder hit a couple of 3s to put BLDR ahead once again.
The teams went back and forth throughout the fourth quarter. Hastings had a chance to tie it up after forcing a turnover while trailing 57-55 but the Tigers threw it away trying to pass it ahead for the breakaway score. BRLD junior point Lucas Vogt went 6-for-6 from the foul line to seal the win.
Snyder finished with a game-high 24 points on 9-of-13 from the field including 6-of-8 from 3. Vogt had 12 points and six assists while Dylan Beutler added 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Creech, a Western Nebraska Community College commit, led Hastings with 23 points on 8-of-16 from the field, 2-of-5 from 3 and 3-of-4 from the line. Schroeder had 11 points and five bounds while Hilgendorf and Mike Boeve chipped in 10 points apiece.
BRLD: Darwin Snyder 24, Lucas Vogt 12, Dylan Beutler 11, Will Gatzemeyer 7, Jaxon Johnson 6, Brayden Anderson 1
H: Connor Creech 23, Jake Schroeder 11, Mike Boeve 10, Haggan Hilgendorf 10, Jarrett Synek 3
Auburn 73, Ogallala 68
Auburn doubled up the Indianas in the first quarter and held onto the lead the rest fo the way, though Ogallala did make it interesting late. The Bulldogs hit just enough free throws to stave off the comeback attempt and earn a big win against a foe from its own class.
Auburn hit its first five field goals, four of which were 3s, and jump out to a 14-5 lead that the Tigers then stretched out to 24-12 at the end of the period. Senior guard Carter Brown got going in the third quarter with 10 of his team’s 17 but Auburn still took a 10-point led into halftime.
The teams traded buckets throughout the third quarter as the lead bounced between eight and 10 points until Ogallala made a run in the fourth, cutting it all the way down to three after forcing back-to-back turnovers with its press. Auburn settled in after that, however, and scored every possession the rest of the way to maintain the lead until the buzzer.
Josh Lambert, a 6-foot-8 Midland commit, led the Bulldogs with 21 points on 9-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line and eight rebounds. CJ Hughes finished with 19 points and shot 5-of-9 from deep. Cam Binder and Ryan Binder scored 12 points apiece while Dan Frary did a bit of everything with 10 rebounds, eight points, four assists and a block.
Brown finished with 23 point s on 7-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from the line with eight assists. Kadyn Marhenke added 20 points on 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line while Adam Kroeger chipped in 15 points and six boards.
A: Josh Lambert 21, CJ Hughes 19, Cam Binder 12, Ryan Binder 12, Dan Frary 8, Cade Patzel 1
O: Carter Brown 23, Kadyn Marhenke 20, Adam Kroeger 15, Corbin Murphy 8, Clayton Murphy 5, Quentin Gillen 2
Sunrise Christian Academy (Kansas) 78, Bishop Walsh (Maryland) 37
After a slow first quarter, Sunrise Christian got going in the second and ran Bishop Walsh off the floor. Sunrise’s defense was everywhere and Bishop Walsh spent most of the game forcing up difficult shots.
The Buffaloes held a 5-point lead after one but scored over 20 points in each of the last three to turn the game into a complete rout.
Ty Berry, a Northwestern signee, finished with 18 points on 7-of-11 from the field including 4-of-7 from 3. Kendall Brown, a 5-star junior with numerous offers, also scored 18 points on 8-of-9 from the field including five dunks. Zach Clemence scored 12 points and Shaedon Sharpe added 10.
Travis Roberts led Bishop Walsh with 11 points and Jalen Miller added 10.
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SCA: Kendall Brown 18, Ty Berry 18, Zach Clemence 12, Shaedon Sharpe 10, Willie Lightfoot 5, Dillon Jones 5, Davonte Jennings 4, Jayden Stone 3, Gloire Houmba
BW: Travis Roberts 11, Jalen Miller 10, Wilson Rambau 5, Malik Bowman 4, Nestor Dyachok 4, Jordan Rayford 3
IMG Academy (Florida) 74, Millard North 69
Millard North looked one of the tallest, most talented teams in the country eye-to eye for the better part of three-and-a-half quarters, but the Mustangs ran out of steam down the stretch as the Ascenders pulled away to close out their regular season schedule with a victory.
IMG fielded a lineup with three 5-star and three 4-star prospects yet Millard North held a lead after one quarter and only trailed by two at halftime and by four after three quarters. IMG stretched it out in the fourth however, and the Mustangs — on the second night of a back-to-back after beating Bellevue West on Friday, didn’t have enough firepower to keep up.
IMG jumped out to a 15-7 lead but Millard North closed the first on a 16-5 run as a 3-pointer from Stanford commit Max Murrell just before there buzzer put the Mustangs up 23-20. Murrell scored 10 points in the first quarter to lead everyone.
IMG pulled ahead 29-35 and the teams went back and forth from there. On a broken play, Tyler Sandoval got the ball across the lane to Saint Thomas and he scored with a couple seconds left to make it 35-30 at halftime. Thomas scored six of his 12 in the second quarter as IMG managed to slow down both Hunter Sallis (two points) and Murrell (scoreless).
IMG threatened to blow the game open in the third, pulling ahead 49-41, but the Mustangs answered with a 9-3 run. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, a 5-star sophomore, closed out the quarter with a dunk to put IMG up 54-50.
Millard North came out of the break cold as IMG took its first double-digit lead of the day at 64-53. The Mustangs made a push with some buckets down the stretch, but they ran out of time and energy.
The Ascenders made 35 field goals in the game and at least 22 of them were dunks. Duke commit Mark Williams, a 7-foot-1 center, led IMG with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting and eight rebounds. Matthew Murrell, a 4-star Ole Miss commit, scored 16 points but the Mustangs held him to 8-of-18 shooting. Jarace Walker, a 5-star sophomore, had 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, seven rebounds, four blocks and three assists.
Hunter Sallis didn’t get any 3s to fall but he still proved he belonged the court with all the highly-rated IMG recruits. The Millard North junior finished with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-17 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line. He threw down a couple of dunks of his own and converted a few other incredibly difficult plays.
Sophomore forward Jasen Green had a big game as well with 16 points on 6-of-10 from the field, 2-of-4 from 3 and 3-of-4 from the foul line, 10 rebounds (four offensive), two assists, two blocks and a steal.
Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg and assistant Matt Abdelmassih were court-side for the game.
After his hot start, Murrell didn’t score again until the fourth quarter, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, four rebounds and three blocks.
MN: Hunter Sallis 23, Jasen Green 16, Saint Thomas 12, Max Murrell 12, Noah Erickson 6
IMG: Mark Williams 18, Matthew Murrell 16, Jarace Walker 13, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield 9, Eric Dailey Jr. 8, Jaden Springer 6, Lynn Kidd 2, Chikara Tanaka 2
Grand Island 62, Grand Island Central Catholic 56
For the first time ever, Grand Island and Grand Island Central Catholic faced off for ultimate bragging rights and despite the Crusaders leading most of the way, the Islanders took home the win.
Central Catholic jumped out to a 7-0 lead and led 18-8 at the end of the first quarter despite starting center Dei Jengmer picking up two fouls just three minutes into the game. The Crusaders shot 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line while the Islanders shot just 4-of-17 from the field and missed all six free throws.
Grand Island turned the tables in the second quarter, however, as the Crusaders went ice cold on offense and had no answer on defense. After missing all four of his free throws and all four of his shot attempts in the first quarter, Them Koang went 4-for-4 for half of Grand Island’s 16 points as the Islanders cut the deficit to 27-24 at halftime.
The third quarter was ugly for both sides as the teams shot a combined 10-of-28 from the field, but a pull-up jumper from Isaac Traudt with a couple seconds to go pulled Grand Island to within two at 40-38 heading into the fourth quarter.
Jayden Byabato scored the first two buckets of the fourth quarter to give Grand Island the lead and four more lead changes followed as the teams went back and forth.
Grand Island used a 7-0 run to take a 53-47 lead with less than three minutes to play and held on from there as Central Catholic shot 1-of-11 from 3 in the fourth quarter.
Byabato led Grand Island with 22 points on 7-of-10 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. Koang had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds but he shot just 6-of-15 from the field and 3-of-10 from the foul line.
Junior Koby Bales was a beast for Central Catholic, finishing with 22 points on 7-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from the line and 12 rebounds, but he was the only Crusader with more than seven points.
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GICC: Koby Bales 22, Russ Martinez 7, Marcus Lowry 7, Isaac Herbek 6, Dei Jengmer 4, Gil Jengmer 4, Tanner Turek 3, Brayden Wenzl 3
GI: Jayden Byabato 22, Them Koang 15, Isaac Traudt 8, Caleb Francl 6, Jay Gustafson 5, Blake Leiting 4, Broc Douglass 2
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.