Bellevue West junior David Nuor scored a career high 30 points as Bellevue West held on to defeat Omaha Bryan 75-72.
“We were having trouble scoring tonight except for David,” Bellevue West coach Dough Woodard said. “He certainly has great offensive ability but we are not going to get 30 points from him every night ... we needed it tonight.”
Omaha Bryan senior Javen Udofia drew the defensive assignment of Bellevue West sophomore guard Chucky Hepburn and held Hepburn to 10 points. 12 below his season average while Udofia finished with a team high 21 points before fouling out with under four minutes to play.
Despite Hepburn’s offensive struggles he showed why Nebraska assistant coach Michael Lewis was in attendance to see him play. With the game tied at 46 at through three quarters Hepburn impacted the game. The T-Birds took a 56-46 lead early in the fourth behind two steals and three assists from the sophomore guard.
Two 3-pointers with under a minute left, one by Jerome Wallace and one by Jailyn Spears cut the T-birds lead to two with :16.1 seconds left.
“They hit some tough shots there which was part of the comeback there,” Woodard said. “Part of it was some really bad decisions on offense and a couple missed free throws...we made enough of them to win it.”
Bellevue West (4-1).................13 21 11 30—75
At Omaha Bryan (2-3).............15 13 18 26—72
BW: David Nuor 30, Owen Woodard 2, Deng Jai 4, Tre Hepburn 2, Louis Fidler 5, Nico Felici 18, Chucky Hepburn 10, John Shanklin 4.
Bry.: Will Grixby 5, Johnny Monpaldo 3, Amos Gregory 17, Jerome Wallace 19, Javen Udofia 21, Antoine Curtis 4, Jaylin Spears 3.