Teams from across the state — and the country — traveled to the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Saturday for the 15th annual Heartland Hoops Classic.
The first session of the seven-game slate tipped off at 8 a.m. and the action continued throughout the day.
Ashland-Greenwood 84, Grand Island Northwest 32
Coach Chip Bahe called a timeout 50 seconds into the game, a sign of what kind of game it was going to be for the Vikings.
Ashland-Greenwood used a 10-2 put to pull ahead early and never slowed down, putting on an offensive clinic and triggering a running clock with about a minute left to play in the third quarter.
The Bluejays used a 29-5 second-quarter to blow the game wide open. Cale Jacobsen scored 17 of his game-high 21 in that period as Ashland-Greenwood forced 11 turnovers, nine of which were steals. Jacobsen shot 7-of-9 from the field and 9-of-12 from the line overall and added six rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block to his stat line.
Brooks Kissinger added 14 points on 6-of-6 from the field 1-of-1 from 3) and 1-of-1 from the line. Dane Jacobsen, Cale’s sophomore brother, added 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting (1-of-1 from deep), four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Max Parker and Cade Bridges scored 10 apiece on a combined 7-f-12 shooting (4-of-8 from 3). Overall, the Bluejays shot 62.5% from the field (50% from 3) including 68.2% in the first three quarters. They forced 25 Northwest turnovers.
The lone bright spot for Northwest was the start of the second half as the Vikings opened the period with a 9-0 run. Wyatt Jensen was the only Viking in double figure with 12 points.
Grand Island Northwest: 7- 5-15- 5 — 32
Ashland-Greenwood: 22-29-20-13 — 84
GINW: Wyatt Jensen 12, Trevyn Keene 6, Cooper Garrett 5, Sam Hartman 4, Travin Harring 3, Sam Dinkelman 3
AG: Cale Jacobsen 23, Brooks Kissinger 14, Dane Jacobsen 13, Max Parker 10, Cade Bridges 10, Cougar Konzem 7, Walker Grell 3, Luke Clark 2, Darren Hill 2
Doniphan-Trumbull 70, Osceola 59
The Cardinals got off to a quick start then controlled the action in the second half to knock off the Bulldogs.
After Doniphan-Trumbull jumped out to a 9-4 lead and took a 20-16 advantage into the second quarter, but the Osceola duo of Isaiah Zelasney and Kale Gustafson took over, scoring nine points apiece to put the Bulldogs ahead 36-11 at halftime.
Doniphan-Trumbull closed to within two at the end of the third quarter, however, and Ethan Smith put the Cardinals on his back in the fourth. He scored the first five points of the period to give Doniphan-Trumbull the lead and the Cardinals never relinquished it.
Osceola cut the deficit to three a couples of times, but Doniphan-Trumbull closed the game on an 8-0 run.
Smith scored half of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter. He shot 11-of-16 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line. Jaden Williams added 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and 5-of-8 from the line, five rebounds and four steals.
Zelasney led the Bulldogs with 21 points and four assists while Gustafson, a sophomore, finished with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds. Wyatt Urban chipped in 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds. Osceola went 0-for-11 from 3 and 5-for14 from the foul line, offsetting nearly 70% shooting inside the arc.
Doniphan-Trumbull: 20-11-17-22 — 70
Osceola: 16-20-14- 9 — 59
DT: Ethan Smith 28, Jaden Williams 18, Myless Said 7, Andrew Stock 7, Blake Detamore 6, Kaedan Detamore 4
O: Isaiah Zelasney 21, Kale Gustafson 19, Wyatt Urban 13, Carter Girard 2, Kolton Neujahr 2, Xavier Blackburn 2
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59, Milford 44
Milford got off to a quick start, jumping out to an 11-5 lead, but Jason Sjuts caught fire in the second quarter with three triples to give the Bulldogs a one-point lead at halftime and his twin brother, Jacob, dominated the second half as Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family pulled away for its 22nd win of the season.
Jacobs Shuts scored 10 of the Bulldogs’ 21 points in the third quarter as they hit all nine of their field goal attempts including a pair of triples, one from each Sjuts twin. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family led 47-32 after three and cruised to victory in the fourth.
Jacob Sjuts finished with 23 points on 8-of-13 from the field (-of-2 from 3) and 6-of-6 from the line, nine rebounds (five offensive), nine assists, four steals and one block. Jason shot 4-of-7 from deep for 12 points.
Milford hit four 3s in he fourth quarter, but it was too little and too late to make a difference. Seth Stutzman led the Eagles with 12 points while Micah Hartwig and Jaxon Weyand chipped in nine points apiece.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family: 11-15-21-12 — 59
Milford: 13-12- 7-12 — 44
HLHF: Jacob Sjuts 23, Jason Sjuts 12, Cooper Beller 6, Sage Frauendorfer 6, Kyle Preister 5, Ethan Keller 4, Jett Spier 3
M: Seth Stutzman 12, Micah Hartwig 9, Jaxon Weyand 9, Carter Roth 5, Cabe Schluckebier 4, Maddox Braack 3, Nelson Girmus 2
Omaha Concordia 68, Aurora 57
The Mustangs raced out t an 8-2 lead and and maintained the lead throughout despite a few pushes from the Huskies to to claim their seventh win over a Class B team this season.
Concordia led 16-9 at the end of the first and 21-14 midway through the second quarter before Carlos Collazo scored at the rim on three straight possessions to pull the Huskies within one. Concordia answered with a 10-3 run, then took a 33-28 lead into halftime.
Aurora closed to within one a couple more times in the third quarter, but again the Mustangs responded, closing the period on a 9-1 run to take a 47-38 lead into the fourth. Aurora scored first in the fourth, but Zac Kulus converted back-to-back tough buckets in the paint to push the lead to double figures and the Mustangs kept the Huskies at a distance the rets of the way.
Kulus scored 11 of his game-high 24 in the fourth quarter, shooting 7-of-14 overall including 3-of-7 from deep and 7-of-8 from the line. Karsten Mathsen added 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (2-of-4 from 3) and five assists. Quientan McCafferty, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, provided a boost off he bench with 12 points on 5-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line and eight rebounds.
Preston Ramaekers led the Huskies with 17 points on 6-of-11 from the field (1-of-3 from 3) and 4-of-6 from the foul line plus 10 rebounds (four offensive) and two steals. Tate Nachtigal added 12 points on 4-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line and six rebounds while Collazo chipped in 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and three assists.
Aurora: 9-19-10-19 — 57
Omaha Concordia: 16-17-14-21 — 68
A: Preston Ramaekers 17, Tate Nachtigal 12, Carlos Collazo 10, Carson Staehr 7, Drew Knust 5, Chase Phillips 3, Dylan Danielson 3
OC: Zac Kulus 24, Karsten Matten 13, Quientan McCafferty 12, Zach Alharithy 9, Brock Olson 6, Justin Otten 4
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.