Orangemen battle hard, but fall to Cougars
Beatrice battled Omaha Gross all the way to the final minute of the game, but the Cougars were able to escape the Ozone with a win.
The Orangemen fell to Omaha Gross 55-47 Saturday night in Beatrice.
The two teams were tied midway through the fourth quarter and Beatrice trailed by just three points with 1:35 left, but were unable to get shots to fall late.
Freshman Elliot Jurgens led the way for Beatrice with 15 points while Andrew Mahoney had 11.
Omaha Gross jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first quarter with Beatrice’s two points coming from Jace Pethoud.
A three pointer by Peyton Murphy tied the game. After a Cougar basket, Jurgens scored on back-to-back jumpers to give Beatrice a 9-7 lead.
Griffin Vater answered a Cougar basket with a fast break layup, but Omaha Gross finished off the first quarter scoring to make it 11-11 after one.
Omaha Gross took a 14-11 lead in the second quarter, but Devin Smith erased that with a three pointer. Vater then answered a Gross basket to make it 16-16.
The Cougars scored the next four points, but Jurgens came back with a three point play to make it 20-19. He then answered a Cougar free throw with another jumper to tie the game 21-21.
Omaha Gross regained the lead with a three pointer, but Murphy answered with two consecutive three pointers. Vater hit a free throw just before half time to give Beatrice a 28-24 lead.
The first three baskets of the third quarter were three pointers, two of which came from Omaha Gross while the other was made by Mahoney, making it 31-30.
Jurgens then scored off an assist from Pethoud to make it 33-30. The Cougars hit two straight three pointers, though, to make it 36-33.
Mahoney scored eight of the game’s next 10 points to give Beatrice a 41-38 lead. Omaha Gross took the lead back with two straight baskets, but Vater finished the third quarter scoring with a basket to make it 43-42 entering the fourth.
Jurgens answered an Omaha Gross free throw with two free throws of his own to make it 45-45.
Two free throws and a three pointer gave Omaha Gross a 50-45 lead. Jurgens’ take to the basket with 1:35 left in the game made it 50-47, but that would be the last of the Orangemen scoring.
Omaha Gross made five free throws down the stretch to eventually win 55-47.
In addition to the two leading scorers for Beatrice. Murphy had nine points, Vater had seven points, Smith had three points and Pethoud had two points.
Beatrice is now 5-12 on the season. They will be in action again Friday night when they host Northwest.
Freeman wins ECNC title
By Lee Enterprises
Trey Yates scored 22 points and Brady Ideus added 18 to help the Freeman boys basketball team rally in the second half for a 57-48 victory over Yutan in the East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament final at Southeast Community College-Lincoln.
Freeman trailed 34-30 to start the third quarter, but chipped away in the third quarter by outscoring Yutan 11-8.
“Defensively, we made an adjustment just to know where (Yutan) guys were,” Freeman coach Jim McLaughlin said. “Offensively, we broke pressure in the second half to get numerical advantages and we converted on a number of those at the rim.”
Those advantages helped Freeman pull away in the fourth with a 16-6 run.
Other Sunland boys scoresMERIDIAN 66, OSCEOLA 65, OTLate FridayMeridian 13 14 10 19 3 -- 66Osceola 14 3 19 20 2 -- 65Meridian--Paul 2, Kujath 13, VanWesten 12, Garvia 19, Schafer 2, Klipp 18.Osceola--C. Watts 20, Klein 9, Rathjen 12, Boden 11, H. Watts 1, Urban 2, Girard 10.NORRIS 67, COLUMBUS 65Columbus 7 18 21 19 -- 65Norris 20 10 18 19 -- 67Columbus--Esch 15, Edzards 12, L. Thompson 8, Hausmann 15, B. Thompson 1, Nelson 10, Luebbe 4.Norris--Misko 14, Knudsen 9, Schwaninger 14, Oerter 4, Pankoke 8, Rice 9, Price 9.MILFORD 57, WILBER-CLATONIA 26Wilber-Clatonia 3 7 6 10 -- 26Milford 16 18 13 10 -- 57Wilber-Clatonia--Cerveny 3, Homolka 3, Sykes 9, Zimmerman 5, Combs 2, Whittington 2, Fritch 2.Milford--Yeackley 8, Meyer 9, G. Jakub 6, Hostetler 4, L. Roth 2, Mensik 11, B. Jakub 2, M. Roth 4, Stauffer 3, Stutzman 8.