Austin Allen’s football legs are long gone.
Aurora’s future major-college tight end took down Top 10 No. 9 Wahoo Neumann with 23 points, dunking for the go-ahead basket with 3.5 seconds in overtime.
With the 67-64 victory, Aurora has 20 wins for the first time in a decade. And a lot more confidence than on Dec. 30 when it absorbed its only loss, 66-46 at now-Top 10 No. 4 Gretna.
"You don’t see 6-8, 6-9 guys that athletic very often," Neumann coach Mike Weiss said.
Tommy Leininger initiated the play for Allen’s dunk by driving and flipping the ball back to the 6-8 junior.
"It worked out great,’’ Allen said. "It’s good our guards can drive and dish it like that."
To get to overtime in a game where Neumann trailed by nine in the fourth quarter before taking the lead on a 12-0 turnover-fueled run, Aurora’s Henry Penner scored off a Neumann turnover on an inbounds pass with 1.5 seconds left for a 58-58 tie.
"He was holding his head down. He thought it was over and I got on him a little bit,’’ Huskies coach Tom Leininger said. "The first thing was to force a five-second count, the second thing was steal and if it’s towards our basket we’re taking it straight to the hoop.’’
Noah Vedral had 17 points, Ben Simons 15 and Jaxon Simons 14 for Neumann. Vedral’s steal with 2:14 left gave Neumann a 55-54 lead and Ben Simons’ 3 with 54 seconds left made it 58-54.
Allen made two free throws after fouled on his own offensive rebound. Vedral missed a one and one, but Aurora lost another turnover before Penner got his.
Wahoo Neumann (18-2) ................. 16 10 13 19 6—64
Aurora (20-1) ................................. 19 7 14 18 9—67
WN: Noah Vedral 17, Ben Simons 15, Jaxon Simons 14, Reid Jurgensmeier 11, Brandon Bruenig 5, Skyler Woita 2.
A: Austin Allen 23, Kade Moural 13, Henry Penner 12, Tommy Leininger 9, Zach Stevenson 5, Trent Wilson 4.