FREMONT, Neb. — In barely a minute, Wahoo turned around the game.
The undefeated Warriors were trailing Boys Town by 10 points with 5:21 left before a full house Monday night at Midland University’s gym.
They scored the next 12 points, taking only 75 seconds, for the lead and their run didn’t stop until they had clicked off 16 points in a row on their way to a 69-62 victory in the District C1-2 boys basketball final.
“It wasn’t looking very good,” Wahoo coach Kevin Scheef said, “but there’s something about our kids. They didn’t lose their poise. They kept battling, kept competing.
“Ben (Scheef) got it going with some big free throws and that 3, which let the kids keep their confidence that they could come back.”
By winning, Wahoo (26-0) takes the No. 1 seed for the Class C-1 boys state tournament that starts March 7 in Lincoln. The Warriors also keep Boys Town from defending its title.
The way the Cowboys played for 3½ quarters, they would have been a dangerous draw at state. They led by one at halftime and regained the lead on a 3-point play by KZ Williams with 3:16 left in the third period.
After leading 44-40 at the quarter break, Boys Town scored 10 of the first 14 points in the final quarter for a 54-44 lead. The final four points were by senior David Austin, who scored 21 of his game-high 30 points in the second half.
Ben Scheef, the older of the coach’s two sons on the team, started the 16-0 outburst by making both ends of a one-and-one and then nailing a 3 with 4:59 left. He led the Warriors with 24 points.
Jonathan Abbott’s two free throws, after the third straight turnover by Boys Town, cut the Cowboys’ lead to four.
The Warriors went ahead with a six-point possession that resulted from Boys Town senior Brady Mutschler getting called for his fourth foul, then a technical, to send him to the bench with 4:18 left. He had 10 points for the Cowboys.
Brook Stuart made both ends of a one-and-one and the first of the two shots for the technical. He then sank a 3 from the right corner with 4:06 left for a 56-54 lead.
Stuart, who had eight of his 11 points during the run, added two more free throws and Abbott made Wahoo’s last basket of the game with 2:24 left for a 60-54 lead.
Williams, who had 14 points, converted a 3-point play to bring Boys Town within three.
The Cowboys had turnovers on their next two possessions and missed two shots in falling behind 63-57. Austin’s two free throws with 53.7 seconds left provided a glimmer of a comeback, but missed 3-pointers on the next two possessions ended their hopes.
Wahoo also made nine of its final 10 free throws, the last six by Ben Scheef.
Wahoo (26-0) ................. 14 13 13 28—69
Boys Town (16-9) ................. 13 15 16 18—62
W: Ben Scheef 24, Quinn McGill 12, Jonathan Abbott 12, Brook Stuart 11, Tyler Kavan 6, Jacob Scheef 4.
BT: David Austin 30, KZ Williams 14, Brady Mutschler 10, Khyalil Hawkins 4, Daquan Johnson 2, Drequan McNeil-Smith 2.