The basketball season got off to a great start with Thursday night's opening season games.
The best game came with and overtime thriller in Ralston, where York topped the Rams 63-60 after York's Ty Danielson hit a 3-pointer late in regulation to send the came into OT. It was a fitting follow-up to the state football playoffs where the Dukes also triumphed in extra time over the Rams.
Josh Belling and Marcellous Gardner led the Rams in scoring with 17 and 16, respectively, and Zach Flott added 13.
Other boy results:
Papillion-La Vista 56, Lincoln East 51 – The Monarchs used a 19-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter to erase a six-point deficit at halftime and take control of the game. Tyler Dougherty led Papio with 21 points and eight rebounds. Braxton Murphy chipped in with 13 and Jack Kalina added 11 in the win.
Norfolk 56, Bellevue East 53 – The Chieftains couldn't come away with a win in the nip-and-tuck game to open the season. Brady Pelzer led all scorers with 24 points. Trevor Lenear added 12 and Keshaun Connor 11 for East.
Millard South 51, Bryan 43 – The Bears were able to stick with the Patriots but couldn't get over the hump. Warol Gatdit and Akot Riak led the Bryan scoring with 15 and 12, respectively.
Lincoln High 45, Papillion-La Vista South 42 – Papio South couldn't hold off a late Lincoln run to steal the win. The Titans were led by Aaron Rothermunds's 17 points with Zach Bussard adding 10.
Peyton Hagen of Bellevue East highlighted the night on the girls' side, pouring in 29 points in the 57-51 Chieftain win.
East outscored Norfolk 19-6 in the final quarter to come away with the win. Amaun Frazier added 11 points in the win.
Other girl results:
Papillion-La Vista 50, Lincoln East 44 – Ashley Nelson led Papio with 15 points in the win. The Monarchs overcame a three-point deficit after the first to win. Priscilla O`Dowd and Katie Oswald also reached double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Burke 67, Bryan 12 – The Bears were led by Nyarial Gatluak, who netted six points.
Gretna 50, Duchesne 27 – The Dragons used a 20-7 scoring advantage in the first quarter to ride to the easy win. Three Dragons scored in double figures, with Destany Ross leading the way with 14 points. Jamie Schuetz and Mary Janovich added 12 and 10, respectively.
Gross 51, Plattsmouth 48 – The Cougars built held off a late Blue Devil run to grab the win and open the season 1-0. Kayla Johnk's 14 points led all scorers and Renee Lohaus chipped in with 12.
York 57, Ralston 18 - Randi Henry and Megan Czerwinski each scored five points to lead the Rams.
Papillion-La Vista South 62, Lincoln High 53.