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Winnebago’s quickness showed on both ends of the court as the Indians downed Syracuse 59-50 Thursday in a first-round game of the Class C-1 state boys basketball tournament at the Devaney Sports Center.

Fourth-ranked Winnebago (21-6) used its pressing defense to force turnovers and give its up-tempo offense chances. The combination was never more evident than in the final 2 minutes of the first half and the opening 4 minutes of the second half.

D’Von LaPointe scored six points and Maurice Scott added five during a 16-6 run that erased a Syracuse lead.

The Rockets (17-10) struggled from the field and committed five turnovers during the stretch. The Indians grabbed a 37-27 lead midway through the third period and Syracuse never got closer than five points the rest of the game.


Winnebago--Scott 16, LaPointe 17, Littlevoice 8, Cleveland 9, Denney 9.

Syracuse--Brinkman 16, Frederick 6, Nannen 11, McCoy 10, Zastera 5, Buller 2.

Broken Bow 66, Boone Central/Newman Grove 64, 2OT: Padyn Borders scored six points in the second overtime to boost Broken Bow past Boone Central/Newman Grove at the Devaney Sports Center in the first round of the Class C-1 tournament.

The seventh-rated Indians (23-3) came from behind in the second half to earn the school’s first semifinal berth since 1988. It was Broken Bow’s first appearance at state since a loss to Lincoln Christian in 1999.

Borders, who scored a game-high 22 points, gave Broken Bow a 65-61 lead with 1:19 left in the second overtime. That field goal came after Grayson Garey put the Indians ahead by two with 1:45 left.

Boone Central/NG (19-8) wasn’t finished. A three-pointer by Carter Henry sliced Broken Bow’s lead to one with 42 seconds left and when the Indians hit 1 of 2 from the line with 1.3 seconds left, the Cardinals had one last gasp.

A bullet pass to the frontcourt and a quick timeout left Boone Central/NG with the ball out of bounds and :0.8 left. A three-pointer by William Frey at the buzzer was left of the rim.

Boone Cent. NG211015747--64
Broken Bow1111211049--66

Boone Central/NG--Nelson 14, Henry 15, Gentrup 12, Sullivan 19, Frey 4.

Broken Bow--Borders 22, McMeen 2, T. Linn 15, Harvey 14, K. Linn 6, Garey 7.

Wahoo 84, Ogallala 44: The top-ranked Warriors (25-2) scored 33 points in the first period, led by 33 at halftime and coasted past the Indians on Thursday at the Devaney Sports Center.

Brendan Lacey was one of three Warriors in double figures with 21 points. Cameron Quick added 15 points and Will Shanahan had 11. Cameron Raffaeli led Ogallala with 17 points while Adam Kroeger had 16.

Ogallala 14 11 10 --44 
Wahoo 33 23 23 --87 

Ogallala--Rezac 4, Paloucek 4, Kroeger 16, Halligan 2, Raffaeli 17, Murphy 1.

Wahoo--Hancock 8, Shanahan 11, Br. Lacey 21, Quick 15, Egr 5, Bl. Lacey 8, Cook 9, Scheef 2, Belitz 4, Hesser 4.

Lincoln Christian 69, Grand Island CC 58: Justin Bubak scored 28 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Lincoln Christian to a 69-58 win over second-ranked Grand Island Central Catholic in a first-round game of the C-1 boys state basketball tournament.

No. 2 Christian (18-7) took control of the game with a dominating 18-0 run that started with 3:57 left in the third period and closed with 4:19 left in the game. Left in the wake was Central Catholic’s five-point lead. The Crusaders never recovered.

Central Catholic (20-7) held an eight-point lead midway through the third period behind the scoring of Mayra Almayra, who poured in a game-high 31 points.

“We needed to make some adjustments on defense,” Lincoln Christian coach Gary Nunnally said. “I thought we did a good job with the 1-3-1.”

Grand Island CC 12 17 14 15 --58 
Lincoln Christian 15 11 19 24 --69 

Grand Island CC--Goering 3, Martinez 8, Almayra 31, J. Herbek 6, Kort 8, A. Herbek 2.

Lincoln Christian--J. McEwen 3, Canfield 18, Bubak 28, Kuszak 8, Bigler 4, Carlson 5, M. McEwen 3.