Bryan used a strong second quarter to hand Bellevue East a loss in the consolation game of the Bryan Cage Classic Saturday.
The Bears (3-13) outscored the Chieftains by nine in the second quarter, the difference in the 52-43 final score.
Both teams lost their opening games of the Cage Classic Thursday with Lincoln North Star topping Bellevue East 58-37 and Lincoln High beating Bryan 63-48.
East cut the Bryan lead to 48-43 with 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter after a Bryan turnover led to a bucket. Bryan’s Deon Parker responded by making 3-of-4 free throws, with Chris Gonzalez partially blocking a 3-pointer by sandwiched between, to secure the win.
The Chieftains had the upper hand early, building a 14-13 lead after the first quarter. Bryan took over in the second with a 17-8 scoring advantage for a 30-22 halftime lead.
The Chieftains cut down the lead by one in the third before the Bears preserved their advantage the rest of the way to the victory.
Grant Cannon hit five 3-pointers on his way to 21 points to lead the Bear offense. Warol Gatdit added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bears.
Trevor Lenear and Brady Pelzer led East like they’ve done for most the season. Lenear netted 15 points and Pelzer 10.
Lincoln High 63, Bryan 48 - The Bears were doomed by a poor first and fourth quarter with the Links using a scoring advantage of 19-11 over the Bears in both quarters.
After trailing by 10 at halftime, the Bears cut the deficit to seven heading into the fourth. Lincoln dominated the fourth to notch the first-round victory.
Cannon put up 21 in defeat for Bryan with Akot Riak adding 12.
Lincoln North Star 58, Bellevue East 37 - The Chieftains went cold in the second half in their first game of the Cage Classic.
East led 14-13 after one and only trailed 26-22 at halftime, but the Navigators dominated the third quarter to open up a 43-27 lead.
Pelzer netted 16 points and Lenear 14 to pace the Chieftain scoring.