GRAND ISLAND — Baylor Scheierman had 19 points, 16 rebounds and 15 assists, but the incredible stat line didn’t seem to impress the Aurora all-state senior.
“It was all right,” the 6-foot-6 point guard said after the Class B No. 2 Huskies defeated Cozad 72-52 Saturday at the boys basketball Heartland Hoops Classic. “I didn’t shoot the ball well, but the rest I guess was all right.”
Scheierman, who was 8-of-19 from the field, had 10 assists in 10 minutes, helping Aurora (21-1) sprint to a 20-3 lead late in the first quarter and a 41-12 advantage midway through the second. Three other teammates scored in double figures — Cade Reichardt and Nick Hutsell with 14 each, and Nathan Boerkircher with 10.
“It’s just like football; I see the floor and our guys are good at finding the holes,” Scheierman said. “I get the ball to them and they do their thing.”
Aurora coach Tom Leininger says Scheierman’s flare for the dramatic pass “is real fun,’’ but that his leadership on the court gives the coach goosebumps.
“The way he controls things on the court and the way he talks is off the charts,” Leininger said. “He dissects what the opponent is going to do and then tells his teammates where they need to be.”
Kadyn Marhenke led Cozad (16-5) with 22 points.
BRLD 68, Auburn 52: BRLD kept Auburn’s defense guessing where the Class C-2 No. 1 Wolverines were going next.
The balance was enough to carry BRLD to a 68-52 win over the C-1 No. 9 Bulldogs on Saturday morning.
“If we play team basketball like that, no one can stop us,” BRLD coach Cory Meyer said after seeing his team improve to 20-1. “The great thing is anybody can do it (score) for us, as long as they don’t hesitate and play with the confidence that they want to do it.”
With BRLD holding a 25-23 halftime lead, the Wolverines outscored the Bulldogs 22-11 in the third quarter to open up a 47-34 advantage. Lucas Vogt, a 5-11 sophomore guard, scored nine of his team-high 21 points in the period, while 5-10 junior Will Gatzemeyer had eight of his 20 points during the same span.
“It started with some turnovers to start the second half and it snowballed from there,” Auburn coach Jim Weeks said. “Vogt’s ability to drive and everyone’s ability to score around him make them tough to defend.”
Sophomore guard Cameron Binder paced Auburn (17-3) with 21 points. BRLD used a variety of defenders inside to limit 6-8 junior Josh Lambert to eight points.
“Their big physical kids inside made it hard for Josh inside,” Weeks said.
Riverside 72, Loomis 59: Joseph Bloom went to work inside to score 23 of his game-high 31 points in the second half to lead Class D-2 No. 3 Riverside over No. 7 Loomis.
Junior guard Tredyn Prososki added 23 points to the 6-7 Bloom’s production in the paint to keep the Chargers (19-0) undefeated.
“We wanted to get the ball in to him (Bloom) more and our kids did a good job of finding him, and he did a good job of getting position and demanding it (the ball),” Riverside coach Joe Imus said. “With the shooters we have, it’s hard to zone us and that opens things up inside for us to take advantage of our height.”
Aaron Dow, a 6-3 senior, paced Loomis (15-6) with 25 points.
Omaha Skutt 71, Adams Central 50: Omaha Skutt survived a hot start by Adams Central hot start to pull away.
Adams Central (15-6), ranked No. 3 in Class C-1, hit five three-point baskets in the first quarter and led by six before the Class B No. 5 SkyHawks ripped off the final 11 points of the period to lead 25-20.
Skutt (18-4) then outscored the Patriots 31-17 in the middle two quarters to take a 56-37 lead into the final eight minutes.
Jake Kudron hit four three-pointers on his way to a game-high 20 points to lead four SkyHawks in double figures. Haggan Hilgendorf, a 6-9 junior, paced the Patriots with 17 points, which included a trio of threes.
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Grand Island CC 52, North Bend Central 43: Jack Goering scored 15 of his team-high 19 points in the second half to lead Class C-1 No. 10 Grand Island Central Catholic past No. 5 North Bend Central.
North Bend Central (19-3) led 30-26 at halftime behind 20 points from Tanner Wietfeld. The 6-foot-2 senior, however, had just three after intermission to finish with a game-high 23.
“We were switching all of our guards off the screens and ended up with some bad matchups,” said GICC coach Tino Martinez, whose team improved to 14-7. “In the second half, we just kept Russ (Martinez) on Wietfeld. Collectively, we did a better job of defending, but Russ did a good job sticking with him.”
Coach Martinez said the Crusaders did not make any adjustments offensively to get Goering going in the second half.
“We were getting great shots the whole game,” the GICC coach said. “Our plan in the second half was to be more patient, work the ball even more, and I think we got some easy baskets off that.”
York 63, Bennington 43: Class B defending state champion York seems to be hitting its stride at the right time.
One night after beating B No. 9 Seward by 16 points Friday night, the sixth-ranked Dukes sprinted to a 21-point first half lead on their way to a 63-43 victory over B No. 8 Bennington on Saturday.
After scoring 29 points against Seward, York all-state senior guard Brady Danielson added 26 more against the Badgers. Senior Garrett Snodgrass added 19 as the Dukes ended the regular season 19-3.
“The last two nights, we’ve come out of the gates quickly, shot the ball well and guys have really been locked in defensively,” said York coach Scott Lamberty, whose team took a 39-20 advantage into intermission.
“We’re finally getting back to what we want to do.”
Danielson, who had 13 first-quarter points and 19 at halftime, knocked down three three-pointers and scored on drives and runners in the lane. The 6-foot-3 Snodgrass was able to get free against the smaller Bennington defenders inside.
“We’re starting to figure things out on offense with personnel and roles,” said the right-handed Snodgrass, who hit several left-handed hooks in the lane in the last two games. “We play through Brady, and he’s been really good lately both scoring and distributing.”
Bennington (16-5) was led by Cooper Prososki and Grady Corrigan with 10 points each.
Wasatch Academy 65, Sunrise Academy 53: Minnesota recruit Marvin Williams III scored a team-high 19 points to lead USA Today No. 14 Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, Utah) over USA Today No. 13 Sunrise Academy (Bel Aire, Kansas).
Grant Sherfield, a 6-3 senior and Kansas recruiting target, netted a game-high 20 points for Sunrise.
Hastings 45, Freeman 40: Class B No. 7 Hastings wiped out a six-point fourth quarter deficit by outscoring C-2 No. 4 Freeman 15-4 in the final 4:20 in the final game of the Heartland Hoops Classic.
Freeman (17-4) appeared to be in control when Brady Ideus got away for a dunk and Tyler Adams nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key to give the Falcons a 36-30 lead. Adams paced Freeman with 12 points and Ideus added 11.
The game was tied at 40 following a layup by Adams with 1:53 left, but Connor Creech shot down a three-pointer from the top at the 1:10 mark to put Hastings in front to stay. After Freeman missed a three to tie it with under five seconds left, Creech, the son of Hastings coach Lance Creech, sank two foul shots with 3.2 seconds remaining to produce the final score.
“The last four minutes was the best we’ve played this season in terms of toughness,” said coach Creech, whose team improved to 13-5. “We grinded out some possessions, hit some big shots and played some great defense down the stretch.”
Quentin Synek, who had a pair of three-pointers in the Tigers’ 20-point fourth quarter, led Hastings with 14 points, while Jake Schroeder added 11.
“Give Hastings credit, they kept battling,” Freeman coach Jim McLaughlin said. “At 36-30, we knew it would come down to getting stops and defensive rebounding. We let them score eight points in three possessions when we were unable to secure the rebound and that was the game.”