OMAHA — Omaha South coach Bruce Chubick sensed a little jet lag in his team after it battled through a two-overtime game 24 hours earlier.
The Class A No. 6 Packers found some juice in the third quarter Saturday, using a 16-0 run to take control en route to a 62-55 win against No. 4 Lincoln East at Omaha South High School.
Junior guard Skylar Wilson scored 23 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. South’s final 14 points of the game came via his hands.
A night earlier, South lost to No. 2 Creighton Prep, 68-62, in double overtime.
Chubick said the message to his team was don’t get beat twice.
“I’m proud of my guys, that they had enough after last night to get down seven (Saturday against East) and come back and play the way they did,” he said. “That was a lot of character.”
East took a 33-26 lead on a bucket from senior Connor Riekenberg midway through the third quarter, before Omaha South began its surge. The Packers got several points off turnovers during the 16-0 run.
“They just picked up the intensity,” Chubick said. “The intensity was the whole thing. They just decided they didn’t want to lose the game. I think that was the bottom line.”
Said East coach Jeff Campbell: “Their pressure was picking up a little bit, which led us to try to force some passes in small windows that we weren’t able to get through. They got the hand on the ball and that turned into some easy points on their side.”
Senior post Wes Dreamer led East with 14 points, and Riekenberg added 13.
Like Omaha South, East was coming off a Friday grinder, rallying from down 21 to edge Lincoln Southeast.
Campbell said the physical rundown of that game didn’t carry over into Saturday.
“Our players, that’s what they kind of sign up for,” he said. “There’s only so many opportunities that they have in a basketball season to go out and compete that we don’t factor that in at all. I thought our guys, we didn’t execute well enough at certain times in the game.”
East girls 73, Omaha South 19
Junior Kylie Johnson scored 15 points, junior Taylor Searcey had 12 and senior Charlie Bovaird added 11 as the Spartans rolled.
Sophomore Olivia Kugler was the fourth Spartan in double figures, finishing with 10 points.