Patterson: Papillion-La Vista was just one of the Metro Holiday tournament standouts

The Monarchs, the new No. 1 team in the Nebraska Top 10, captured their first Holiday championship by defeating Omaha Westside in the final. Though it was unable to defend its Holiday tourney title, Westside also deserves credit for getting to the championship game three straight years.

With the latest edition of the Metro Holiday tournament in the books, let’s take a quick look back and see what did — and didn’t — happen.

No shot clock

Tournament directors had hoped to get a waiver and use a shot clock at the tourney this season, but it was not approved by the Nebraska School Activities Association.

“We tried,’’ Millard South Athletic Director Steve Throne said. “It’s a hot topic and it’s just something we wanted to test out.’’

NSAA Assistant Director Jon Dolliver said the shot clock is still not allowed by National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rules.

“I know there are pros and cons from both sides on a shot clock,’’ Dolliver said. “But until we get a change at the national level, it’s probably not going to happen here.’’

Nebraska is one of 42 states that does not use a shot clock in high school basketball. The other eight states have given up their voting rights on the NFHS rules committee to use it.

NU men’s basketball coach Tim Miles, who attended the boys Holiday tourney final Friday night, recently said he’d like to see a shot clock at the high school level in Nebraska.

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Papillion-La Vista wins it

The Monarchs, the new No. 1 team in the Nebraska Top 10, captured their first Holiday championship by defeating Omaha Westside in the final. Papio had never won the boys’ title, either, making this accomplishment even more special.

It’s hard to believe that with the basketball talent at that school over the years — Mike Heck, Mitch Albers, Ed Chang, Ayo Akinwole, Gina Mancuso, Kyla Roehrig, Chelsea Albers, to name a few — that Papio had never taken home the hardware.

It was fitting that Monarchs Athletic Director Jason Ryan, one of the tournament directors, presented the first-place plaque to the team. His daughter Josey, Papio’s leading scorer and the honorary captain of the all-tournament team, was there to help receive it.

Back to the final

Though it was unable to defend its Holiday tourney title, Westside deserves credit for getting to the championship game three straight years.

The Warriors outlasted Omaha Benson 53-51 in a quarterfinal and then slipped past Millard West 43-35 in the semifinals. The Warriors trimmed an 18-point deficit to two in the final against Papio but came up short.

Bellevue West was the last girls team to successfully defend its title, during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. On the boys front, Omaha Central was the last to defend during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

Almost all-tourney

Though they didn’t make the all-tournament team, here are five other players who also distinguished themselves:

Olivia Boudreau, Papio: Sank three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points in the championship victory.

Ella Wedergren, Westside: Had a game-high 21 points in the final against the Monarchs.

Chaise Pfanstiel, Millard West: Scored 18 points, including eight in overtime, in a quarterfinal win over Millard North.

Quinesha Lockett, Omaha Benson: Averaged 17.5 points in the Bunnies’ final two tourney games.

Ale’jah Douglas, Omaha Northwest: Scored 25 points in the Huskies’ quarterfinal loss to Papio.

Ralston Arena

Kudos to Ralston Arena General Manager Stan Benis and his crew for the job it did hosting the tourney.

The arena is the perfect size and has ample free parking, so it seems to be a great fit for the event. It’s also nice to have all of the boys and girls games at the same site, which wasn’t the case just a few years ago.

On to the ratings

Papio is the new No. 1 team in Class A by virtue of its victory over Millard South. The Patriots were the last undefeated team in Class A until the loss to the Monarchs.

Other new No. 1s are Oakland-Craig in C-2 and Falls City Sacred Heart in D-2. The 12-0 Knights take over for Superior while the 11-1 Irish replace BDS.

Still holding their top positions are Waverly (B), Wahoo (C-1) and North Platte St. Pat’s (D-1).

Statistics needed

Coaches of teams in Class A, Class B and the Omaha area are asked to submit updated statistics by Wednesday to mike.patterson@owh.com.

If coaches are updating their statistics on MaxPreps, they don’t need to return the stat form.

Top games this week

Class A: Friday: Lincoln Southwest at Fremont; Papillion-La Vista South at Papillion-La Vista; Lincoln High at Lincoln Pius X; Elkhorn South at Millard South. Saturday: Lincoln Northeast at Papillion-La Vista; Lincoln Southwest at Elkhorn South; Millard South at Millard North.

Class B: Tuesday: Grand Island Northwest at Hastings St. Cecilia. Friday: Grand Island Northwest at Adams Central; Wahoo at Platteview; Ogallala at Sidney. Saturday: Waverly at Seward; Omaha Skutt at Louisville; Crete at Norris.

Class C-1: Tuesday: Wahoo Neumann at West Point GACC; Battle Creek at West Point-Beemer. Thursday: Louisville at Lincoln Christian. Friday: Grand Island Central Catholic at David City Aquinas; Centennial at Columbus Lakeview. Saturday: David City Aquinas at Columbus Lakeview.

Class C-2: Tuesday: Fillmore Central at Malcolm. Friday: BRLD at Oakland-Craig; Humphrey St. Francis at Clarkson/Leigh. Saturday: Bridgeport at Mitchell; Elm Creek at Kenesaw; Thayer Central at Milford.

Class D-1: Tuesday: Ewing at Elkhorn Valley; Pleasanton at Central Valley; Dundy County-Stratton at Hitchcock County; Mullen at North Platte St. Pat’s. Saturday: North Bend at Fremont Bergan.

Class D-2: Tuesday: Niobrara/Verdigre at Wynot. Tuesday-Saturday: Mudecas tournament, at Beatrice. Friday: Kenesaw at Lawrence-Nelson.

Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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