Boys Hoops: Aquinas boys advance in conference tournament
Jan. 21 - Aquinas Catholic 43, Hastings St. Cecilia 39 (OT): It was a team effort by the Monarchs in the first round of the Centennial Conference Tournament.
Aquinas saw nine different players score including Jack Jakub and Dan Stara who led the team with nine points each.
The Monarchs had to come from behind in order to get the victory. After three quarters Aquinas trailed 27-20. Jakub scored six of his nine points in the fourth to force the game to overtime.
Stara and Braden Smith both scored four points in overtime as Aquinas advanced.
Jan. 21 - Shelby-Rising City 53, Nebraska Lutheran 33: Shelby-Rising City dashed out to another hot start during the Crossroads Conference against Nebraska Lutheran.
The Huskies outscored the Knights 18-6 in the first quarter and 17-7 in the third quarter.
Austin Coffin scored 25 points to lead the Huskies.
Shelby-Rising City connected on 7 of 13 3-point shots.
Jan. 19 - No. 5 Kearney Catholic 61, Aquinas Catholic 51: The score was tied after the first period, but the Starts outscored the Monarchs 19-7 in the second quarter.
Jan. 19 - East Butler 46, High Plains Community 31: The Tigers earned a win in the opening round of the Crossroads Conference Tournament. Nolan Makovicka recorded a double-double after scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
“We were able to overcome a poor shooting night by attacking the offensive glass and converting at the free throw line,” Jahde said. “Our defense was great and we rebounded well. The best part was that lots of people got involved and worked as one group.”
Jan. 17 - Shelby-Rising City 63, Dorchester 21: Shelby-Rising City came back with vengeance on Thursday night. The game was over before it could even begin with the Huskies outscoring the Longhorns 23-5 in the first quarter.
Moax Hoatson led Shleby-Rising City with 19 points.
Jan. 17 - Meridian 46, East Butler 41 - The Tigers had scoring from seven different players and 17 points from Jaden Rhynlads but narrowly lost to Meridian.
“Discrepancy at the free throw line as well as offensive rebounds were the story,” coach Greg Jahde said. “The had 17 offensive boards leading to 12 second-chance points. We only had two second-chance points. We also need to stop starting the game so flat.”
Jan. 15 - Giltner 54, East Butler 42: East Butler’s Jaden Rhynalds scored 26 points but, Giltner’s Dayne Hinrichs nullified that with 21 points of his own.
“We battled a little foul trouble for about five minutes in the second half and that allowed them to build a big enough lead we couldn’t overcome,” said head coach Greg Jahde in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “The other thing that hurt us was the discrepancy in free throws shot.”
Giltner made 14-25 free throws compared to East butler which made just 5 of 8.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net