The first half of boys state basketball semifinals went down at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday with classes D2, D1 and C2 taking the floor to compete for a berth into Saturday’s championships.
No. 4 Lincoln Parkview 62, No. 1 O’Neill St. Mary’s 53
Lincoln Parkview blitzed O’Neill St. Mary’s from the jump, building up a big halftime lead, and the Patriots fended off a late run by the Cardinals to punch their tickets to the Class D2 championship game.
Jaheim Curry and Mark Lual combined for 38 points despite dealing with foul trouble throughout the game. Lual controlled things early to give Parkview the big lead then Curry took over in the fourth to close it out.
Parkview opened the game with a pair of layups from Curry and a pair of 3s from Lual for a 10-0 start. The Patriots extended their lead to 19-7 and then to 21-8 at the end of the period despite Lual Curry each picking up their second foul in the last 35 seconds.
Parkview cooled off a bit in the second quarter, but St. Mary’s continued to struggle getting the ball through the rim as the Patriots took a 31-14 lead into halftime. Lual scored 14 points by himself in the first half. The Cardinals shot 4-of-17 from the field and 5-of-14 from the foul line in the first 16 minutes.
Aidan Hedstrom, the D2 tournament field’s second-leading scorer, got going in the third quarter and started a comeback. He shot 4-of-5 from the field for eight points as the Cardinals outscored the Patriots 21-11 in the third to cut the deficit to seven heading into the final period.
St. Mary’s continued to cut into the lead, shaving it all the way down to two at 44-42 after a Connor Semin 3. However, Parkview responded with an 8-1 run to stretch the lead back to nine and hit enough free throws to fend off the Cardinals despite two more triples from Semin.
Curry scored 10 of his game-high 20 in the fourth quarter, shooting 6-of-7 from the foul line. He also dished out five assists and had three steals. Lual added 18 points, eight rebounds (four offensive) and a couple of blocks. Michael Ault chipped in 12 points including six in the fourth quarter.
Hedstrom finished with 17 points to lead the Cardinals. Tate Thompson had 11 points, six assists and five steals while Smein added 11 points and nine rebounds.
O’Neill St. Mary’s: 8- 6-21-18—53
Lincoln Parkview: 21-10-11-20—62
OSM: Aidan Hedstrom 17, Tate THompson 11, Connor Semin 11, Adam Everitt 8, Blake Benson 3, Isaac Everitt 3
LP: Jaheim Curry 20, Mark Lual 18, Michael Ault 12, Tom Kraan 7, KeShawn Moore 5
No. 7 Falls City Sacred Heart 60, No. 3 Humphrey St. Francis 49
A rematch of last year’s state championship game in the semifinals produced the same result as Sacred Heart’s quest for a second straight state title continues despite entering the tournament as the No. 7 seed with a 17-7 record.
The game was close throughout the first half as the Irish took a 26-23 lead into halftime. Sacred Heart created the first real separation of the game with a 10-3 run midway through the third. The Irish took a 41-33 lead into the fourth.
St. Francis cut the deficit to five at 44-39 with a 3-pointer by Haustyn Forney, but the Irish stretched the lead back to nine and held on down the stretch.
Brandon Nachtigal was a force inside for the Irish, pouring in 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Jack Fiegener had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Jakob Jordan knocked down all three of his 3-point attempts and chipped in 11 points and four steals.
Forney led the Flyers with 13 points while Tanner Pfeiffer added 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Humphrey St. Francis: 13-10-10-16—49
Falls City Sacred Heart: 15-11-15-19—60
HSF: Haustyn Forney 13, Tanner Pfeifer 10, Justin Leifeld 9, Jaden Koch 8, Jack Kubischer 6, Austin Leifeld 3
FCSH: Brogan Nachtigal 19, Jack Fiegener 12, Jakob Jordan 11, Jake Froeschl 9, Kyle Bauman 4, Joe Simon 3, Evan Keithly 2
No. 4 Howells-Dodge 76, No. 1 Burwell 45
Burwell was one of just three teams to carry an unblemished record into the state tournament, but Howells-Dodge knocked them from the ranks of the unbeaten behind a monster performance from junior Blake Sindelar.
After dropping 30 in the quarterfinals, Sindelar one-upped himself with 31 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the semis to lead Howells-Dodge back to the title game for the first time since 2013.
Burwell raced out to an 11-2 lead early as Howells-Dodge hit just one of its first 10 shots, but the Jaguars rallied to tie the game with a 9-0 run to end the quarter.
Howells-Dodge scored first in the second quarter to take its first lead, and the two teams went back and forth the rest of the half. When the buzzer sounded, the Jaguars held a 28-27 lead.
Sindelar got off to a slow start, shooting 3-of-12 from the field in the first half. He got going in the third, however, and the Longhorns could not slow him down. The Jaguars opened the second half with a 17-2 run to blow the game wide open, and they led 53-37 at the end of the period. Sindelar scored 16 points in the quarter.
Howells-Dodge opened the fourth quarter with a 12-0 run, and the reserves got plenty of playing time for both teams.
Jacob Toncak added 14 points on 4-of-8 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Gavin nelson scored 12 spins on 5-of-8 shooting (2-of-5 from 3) off the bench. RJ Bayer just missed a double-double with 11 points, nine rebounds and three steals. The Jaguars shot 54% in the second half, but that number was even higher if you don’t count the garbage time.
Carter Mann led Burwell with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Barak Birch and Dillon Critel scored 10 points apiece.
Burwell: 11-16-10- 8—45
B: Carter Mann 11, Barak Birch 10, Dillon Critel 10, Levi Bode 8, Quade Hunt 5, Devin Konicek 1
HD: Blake Sindelar 31, Jacob Tomcak 14, Gavin Nelson 12, RJ Bayer 11, Lance Brester 2, Aandy Dominguez 2, Aiden Meyer 2, Colton Kloden 2
No. 2 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 52, No. 3 North Platte St. Patrick’s 39
The first half of the second D1 semifinal was a slugfest in the first half, but the Bulldogs caught fire in the third quarter to pull away and make it back to the final. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family took state in 2019 and will be looking to make it two titles in three years on Saturday.
The Bulldogs and Irish shot a combined 13-of-53 from the field and 5-of-14 from the free-throw line in the first half. The game was tied at 11-all after one and 18-all at halftime.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family opened the second half with a 3 from Jett Spier, and that opened the floodgates as it sparked a 16-2 start to the third quarter that saw them hit six of their first seven shots including four 3-pointers.
Jack Heiss scored the last five points of the quarter with a deep 3 and a put-back at the buzzer to make it a single-digit deficit at 37-29.
Corby Condon hit a couple of 3s to help St. Patrick’s cut into the lead even further in the fourth quarter, but Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family shot 5-of-6 from the field with a 3 and made enough free throws to hold on.
Jacob Sjuts led the Bulldogs with 12 points on 3-of-6 from the field (2-of-2 from deep) and 4-of-4 from the foul line despite dealing with foul trouble throughout the first half. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists. Spier shot 4-of-5 from the fielding including 2-of-3 from deep for 10 points.
Condon led the Irish with 16 points while Jack Heiss added 11 points and nine rebounds. St. Patrick’s shot 5-of-25 from 3 while the Bulldogs were 8-for-16.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family: 11- 7-19-15—52
North Platte St.Patrick’s: 11- 7-11-10—39
HLHF: Jacob Sjuts 12, Jett Spier 10, Jason Sjuts 9, Ethan Keller 7, Cooper Beller 5, Sage Frauendorfer 4, Kyle Preister 4
NPSP: Corby Condon 16, Jack Heiss 11, Joseph Heirigs 6, Alex Davis 3, Caleb Munson 2, Logan O’Malley 1
No. 2 Yutan 49, No. 6 BRLD
It just wasn’t Brady Timm’s night Thursday. Until it was.
Yutan’s senior point guard, who is averaging 21 points this season, missed 13 of his 17 shots in the first three quarters. Timm is a terrific three-level scorer, but he was struggling from everywhere on the court against BRLD.
However, once it turned to the fourth quarter, he flipped a switch. With the game tied and just over one minute to play, Yutan decided to hold for the last shot. Timm dribbled out the clock then did this.
— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) March 12, 2021
BRLD turned the ball over trying to pass it down the clock and the buzzer sounded, ending the Wolverines’ quest for a third straight state title.
Timm scored eight of his game-high 18 in the fourth quarter and he added six rebounds and five assists to his state line. Isaiah Daniell chipped in 13 points thanks to a hot start to the game.
Timm went head-to-head with another outstanding point guard in BRLD senior Lucas Vogt who finished with nine points and seven assists.
Elliott Nottleman knocked down a pair of 3-pointers early as BRLD took a quick 6-2 lead, but Yutan responded with 14 straight points. Toriano Bohannin Jr. converted a three-point play to end the run, but Daniell answered with another 3-pointer — giving him 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting — but Vogt knocked down a pull-up jumper at the buzzer to make it 19-11 Yutan after one.
The Wolverines opened the seance quarter with a 10-0 run, taking the lead on a three-point play by Dylan Beutler, and the teams traded buckets the rest of the half until Beutler was able to score four straight to give BRLD a 29-26 lead at halftime.
BRLD outscored Yutan 12-5 early in the third quarter to pull ahead 41-31, but the Chieftains closed out the period on a 7-2 run to make it a more manageable deficit heading into the fourth at 43-38.
Vogt opened the final period with a pull-up jumper, but the Wolverines shot 1-of-8 from the field with three turnovers the rest of the way. A 3 by junior Jake Richmond and a pair of Free throws cut the deficit to two before Vogt scored again to put his team up by four. Time answered with a pair of layups to tie it up with three-and-a-half to play, and neither side managed to score again until Timm’s game-winner.
Beutler led BRLD with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Micah Henschen added 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Wolverines beat the Chieftains in the C2 title game two years ago, and after avenging that loss Yutan will get a chance to compete against last year’s runner up in Grand Island Central Catholic.
Yutan: 19- 7-12-11—49
BRLD: 17-17-14- 4—47
Y: Brady Timm 18, Isaiah Daniell 13, Gavin Kube 8, Jake Richmond 8, Sam Petersen 2
BRLD: Dylan Beutler 12, Micah Menschen 11, Lucas Vogt 9, Elliott Nottleman 8, Soriano Bohannon Jr. 7
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.