OAKLAND, Neb. — It was the second offensive rebound of the night for Ponca, not the first, but did it pack a punch.
Dalton Tremayne was there, hadn’t been boxed out, to rescue fellow junior Logan Kingsbury’s shot from being an airball. His putback with 1 second left gave Class C-2’s No. 2-ranked Indians a 48-46 win while denying Yutan a trip to state for the first time since 1994.
“I was telling everybody else I think the offensive rebounds they had like 25 and we had one,” Ponca coach Adam Polousky said. “We had the one that counted at the end.”
As it turned out, Ponca (24-4) would have gotten a wild-card berth to next week’s state tournament had it lost. But no one wanted the back-door route.
Tremayne said it was instinct that got him the winning basket, after Yutan’s Mason Timm tied the game with 34 seconds left.
“I saw it in the air so I said ‘Let’s go for it,’” the guard said.
Almost everybody in the nearly packed gym at Oakland-Craig knew when it was their time. Kingsbury, who had 20 points, or Timm, with 22, were going to be the playmakers down the stretch.
It was a crushing defeat for the Chieftains (18-8). Colton Feist had a game-high 15 rebounds, but managed only eight points while working against Ponca’s Jack Charlson.
“They’re a great basketball team. They’re going to slow you down and defensively they’re really good,” Yutan coach Justin Peterson said. “I felt we gave them too many and-ones.”
Ponca had two of those in the final quarter, including one by Charlson off the only other offensive rebound it got.
Ponca (24-4) ........... 15 6 11 16—48
Yutan (18-8) ........... 11 8 12 15—46
P: Logan Kingsbury 20, Connor Day 9, Dalton Tremayne 7, Jack Charlson 5, Max Masin 4, Carter Kingsbury 3.
Y: Mason Timm 22, Colton Feist 8, Jayden Graham 7, Brett Heuertz 6, Michael Kelly 3, Jalin Kube 2.
Pius takes ‘A’ wild card
Class A’s wild card is off the table. Lincoln Pius X needs it after losing 53-46 to Millard South in the A-1 final Monday.
Papillion-La Vista will be the No. 1 seed at state, playing the 2 p.m. game on March 9 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln against Millard South, after the Monarchs beat Omaha Burke 66-44.
Pius gets the 8:45 p.m. nightcap at Pinnacle Bank Arena as the No. 2 seed.
In Class B, Gretna has a wild card should the Class B No. 1 Dragons lose to No. 5 Platteview in the B-1 final at 7 Tuesday night at Lincoln Southeast. Scottsbluff and Aurora are next in line. Alliance, which lost 98-93 to Gering, needs two of the top three teams to win to be a wild card. If Scottsbluff and Aurora win, then Alliance and the Gretna-Platteview loser are the wild cards.
Class C-1’s field is set with district champions Boys Town, Wahoo Neumann, Winnebago, O’Neill, Kearney Catholic and Gothenburg and wild cards Columbus Scotus and Wahoo. Winnebago will be the No. 1 seed and open the Class C-1 tournament against either O’Neill or Kearney Catholic at 9 a.m. next Thursday at the Devaney Center.
Other projected C-1 pairings have No. 4 seed Gothenburg and No. 5 Wahoo playing at 10:45, No. 2 seed Neumann playing either O’Neill or Kearney Catholic at 2 p.m. and No. 3 seed Scotus and No. 6 Boys Town meeting at 3:45 p.m.
Almost set is the Class C-2 field with district champions Elmwood-Murdock, Ponca, Neligh-Oakdale, Centennial, Hastings St. Cecilia and Southwest and wild card Amherst. Oakland-Craig is the second wild card if West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic (13-13) beats East Butler in D1-2 Tuesday, or it’s Doniphan-Trumbull.
TUESDAY’S BOYS DISTRICT FINALS
A-5, Class A No. 10 Omaha North (16-8) at Top 10 No. 4 Omaha Central (18-5), 7 p.m.: Central won 60-55 at North on Jan. 30. The Vikings have won four of five, Central six in a row.
A-6, Top 10 No. 8 Lincoln East (18-6) at No. 5 Norfolk (18-4), 7 p.m.: In East’s last visit to Norfolk, the Panthers led 40-18 at halftime and won 62-47.
A-7, Top 10 No. 7 Bellevue West (17-7) at No. 10 Omaha South (17-6), 7 p.m.: Bellevue West could keep the Packers from defending their 2016 title.
B-1, Class B No. 1 Gretna (23-2) vs. No. 5 Platteview (21-3), 7 p.m. at Lincoln Southeast: Gretna, ranked sixth in all classes, walloped the Trojans in early January when Platteview’s 6-10 junior, Brody Heiman, was injured. He’s back now.
B-2, No. 7 Omaha Skutt (19-6) vs. No. 4 Elkhorn South (17-6), 7 p.m. at Omaha Westside: Elkhorn South beat the SkyHawks 51-46 on Dec. 9.
B-3, Omaha Roncalli (16-7) vs. Bennington (14-10), 7 p.m. at Papillion-La Vista South: Roncalli won at Bennington 56-45 on Jan. 31.
B-4, Norris (12-11) vs. No. 9 Crete (15-8), 7 p.m. at Lincoln High: Norris beat the Cardinals 50-46 on Jan. 14.
B-5, No. 2 Aurora (23-1) vs. York (15-8), 7 p.m. at Grand Island: The Huskies haven’t seen their Central Conference rival since winning 59-52 at York on Dec. 22.
B-6, No. 3 Scottsbluff (23-2) vs. Gering (14-10), 6 p.m. MT at Prairie View School, Ogallala: Gering, which has lost to the Bearcats 72-65 at Gering and 81-41 on the road, made 19 3s in outlasting No. 10 Alliance 98-93 in the semifinals.
D1-1, Class D-1 No. 1 Nebraska City Lourdes (21-4) vs. No. 7 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley (19-4), 7 p.m. at Crete: Lourdes is the defending state champion.
D1-2, East Butler (16-8) vs. West Point Guardian Angels (13-13), 7 p.m. at Clarkson: East Butler last was at state in 2001.
D1-3, Randolph (16-6) vs. No. 6 Boyd County (21-2), 7 p.m., Niobrara: Randolph knocked off No. 2 Norfolk Lutheran 39-32 in the subdistrict finals.
D1-4, No. 10 Nebraska Lutheran (19-6) vs. Heartland (13-8), 7 p.m. at Aurora: Neither school has been to state.
D1-5, Burwell (18-7) vs. Alma (18-5), 7 p.m. at Kearney High: Alma is after only its second trip to state since 1962 and its first since 2003.
D1-6, No. 5 Dundy County-Stratton (22-3) vs. No. 9 Paxton (19-4), 7 p.m. MT at Grant: DCS defeated Paxton 60-42 in the RPAC tournament in late January.
D2-1, No. 1 Lincoln Parkview (20-4) vs. No. 2 Humphrey St. Francis (21-4), 7 p.m. at Cross County (Stromsburg): Parkview beat St. Francis 64-58 to win the Nebraska Wesleyan holiday tournament.
D2-2, No. 7 Wynot (16-6) vs. Chambers/Wheeler Central (14-7), 7 p.m. at Norfolk Catholic: Wynot is trying for a repeat trip to state. Chambers was last there in 1999 and Wheeler has never made it.
D2-3, No. 3 Riverside (22-3) vs. No. 10 Giltner (18-6), 7 p.m. at Grand Island Central Catholic: Riverside has been third at the D-2 state tournament the past two seasons.
D2-4, Wilcox-Hildreth (15-10) vs. Wauneta-Palisade (18-6), 7 p.m. at Southwest (Bartley): W-P has won seven of its past eight games.
D2-5, No. 6 Sumner-Eddyville-Miller (19-1) vs. No. 9 Mullen (23-2), 7 p.m. at North Platte: Mullen is trying to qualify for the first time since 2011 — and the second time since 1952.
D2-6, Garden County (16-6) vs. No. 8 Crawford (24-0), 6:30 p.m. MT at Bridgeport: Crawford beat the Eagles 42-32 in December and is the last undefeated team this year in boys basketball. Garden County last was at state in 1939.