Jake Orr powers Omaha Roncalli past Elkhorn Mount Michael in River Cities Conference championship
Omaha Roncalli after defeating Elkhorn Mt. Michael for the River Cities Conference Championship.

Fueled by 10 straight points from freshman Jake Orr in the fourth quarter, Omaha Roncalli captured the River Cities Conference championship with a 65-54 win over Elkhorn Mount Michael on Saturday.

The Knights, ranked eighth in Class B, outscored the Crimson Pride 34-28 in the second half, but Roncalli’s perimeter attack outlasted Mount Michael down the stretch.

Junior Shane Orr — Jake’s brother — added 17 points, including six in the fourth quarter for the Class B No. 6 Crimson Pride. The Orrs combined for 30 points, while Taiden Red had 12 and Jack Dotzler 10.

The Knights were led by three of their five sophomore starters: Joe Chouinard scored 16 points, Brad Bennett had 12 and Kyle Pelan added 10. Kyle — and the rest of his team — were playing with heavy hearts.

Mark Pelan, Kyle’s father, died Wednesday. A day later, Mount Michael earned a 48-44 upset win over Omaha Skutt to advance to the conference final.

Elkhorn Mount Michael (11-5)..... 12  8 15 19—54

At Omaha Roncalli (12-2).......... 21 16 10 18—65

EMM: Chouinard 16, Bennett 12, Pelan 10, Roepke 5, Thornton 4, Bruggeman 3, Gonzalez 2, Hottovy 2.

OR: S. Orr 17, J. Orr 13, Red 12, Dotzler 10, Rodgers 6, Stickrod 4, Hines 3.

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