Lök Wur was a slam short of an unconventional triple-double, but it was Fred Knotts from the winning team who earned MVP honors in Saturday’s Metro Basketball Coaches Association’s Buell-Brosnihan Cage Classic.
Knotts had 23 points, including the clinching free throws with 9.2 seconds left, in a 121-118 win Saturday night at Millard North.
“I always wanted to win an MVP award,’’ said the Bellevue East player, who is undecided on a college. “Those free throws, it was an in-game situation and we practiced those a lot at Bellevue East.”
Wur, who is heading to a Florida junior college from Papillion-La Vista South, had 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine slams. All of those came in the first three quarters. He also took the game’s last shot — a contested 3 — at the buzzer that hit off the back iron.
In just the first four minutes of the game, he had 12 points, seven boards and two dunks.
Knotts’ East team sported balanced scoring. Nico Felici of Bellevue West had 19 and NU walk-on Jace Piatkowski of Elkhorn South and Nolan Benak of Millard South added 15 apiece.
Knotts had eight points in the final quarter, in which the East outscored Wur’s West squad 34-29 after trailing 89-87.
East boys.........28 28 31 34—121
West boys........29 28 32 29—118
East: Fred Knotts (Bellevue East) 23, Nico Felici (Bellevue West) 19, Jace Piatkowski (Elkhorn South) 15, Nolan Benak (Millard South) 15, Davion Saunsoci (Boys Town) 12, Jake Kudron (Omaha Skutt) 11, Mitch Kahre (Elkhorn) 9, Kristion Johnson (Omaha Northwest) 7, Evan Kingston (Platteview) 5, Cam Watson (Millard West) 5.
West: Lök Wur (Papio South) 32, Joe Manchester (Blair) 12, Malachi O’Neal (Omaha North) 12, Chase Thompson (Omaha Westside) 12, Max Meier (Omaha Concordia) 11, Kobey Simons (Wahoo Neumann) 11, TaVion Anderson (Omaha South) 8, Will Grixby (Omaha Bryan) 7, Tre Mikkelson (Gretna) 5, Jake Rueschhoff (Millard North) 4, Tucker Anderson (Plattsmouth) 4.
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West leads way for East girls
UMKC-bound Lauren West of Millard North paced the first 100-point girls game in the all-star series by scoring 29 points in an 100-78 victory for the East squad.
UNO-bound Akili Felici of Bellevue West scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half and sank the 3-pointer with 16 seconds that reached the century mark. East coaches Jeff Ritz, who was at Millard North for many years, and current Mustangs coach David Diehl called a timeout to get West and Felici in the game at the same time with the score 97-78.
“Before the game, Jeff said there were going to be so many 3s shot that he thought he might get sick,’’ Diehl said. “Jeff didn’t like seeing 3s when he was coach.”
Northwest Missouri State volleyball recruit Sydney McDermott from Omaha Skutt led the West team with 19 points.
East girls......30 23 16 31—100
West girls.....23 22 16 17— 78
East: Lauren West (Millard North) 29, Akili Felici (Bellevue West) 21, Jayna Green (Millard North) 15, Kate Drueke (Omaha Skutt) 9, Lexi Kraft (Millard North) 8, Hannah Weeder (Skutt) 6, Ellie Rupprecht (Bennington) 4, Kylie John (Bennington) 4, Madelyn Turner (Bennington) 4,
West: Sydney McDermott (Skutt) 19, Grace Wallrapp (Omaha Duchesne) 14, Taylor Farrell (Millard West) 11, Liv Kastens (Papio South) 11, Ella Bennett (Duchesne) 11, Grace Pechar (Gross) 8, Maria Mwita (Omaha Gross) 2.
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