YORK, Neb. — Baylor Scheierman’s knee almost got in the way of sending Aurora back to defend its Central Conference tournament title against defending Class B state champion York.

But the South Dakota State-bound shooter came through with the game-winning 3-pointer in the second overtime of Friday’s semifinal at York High School’s “Duke Dome.”

Scheierman’s career-high 38 points carried the Huskies past Seward 66-63. They will play York, a 53-45 winner over Adams Central, in Saturday’s 7:45 p.m. final.

“I dribbled it off my knee and it kind of got away from me when I was doing an in-and-out move,’’ the 6-foot-6 All-Nebraska quarterback said. “I kind of regained it, went around another defender and got into the rhythm of my shot and put it up.”

After Scheierman’s basket, officials put 1.2 seconds on the clock, but Seward’s attempt was deep from the backcourt.

Class B No. 2 Aurora (16-1) never led until overtime, once trailing by 12 points in the third quarter. It had the ball last in regulation, getting a steal by Nick Hutsell and calling timeoutright before it would have lost the ball on a turnover. Scheierman drove and missed and Nathan Boerkircher couldn’t get a follow shot to go in.

The first overtime saw Scheierman score five in a row for the Huskies’ first lead at 53-51 and they led by four before a three-point play by All-Nebraska punter Joseph Krause and a free throw by Nate Llliteras — he missed the second try — extended the game for No. 5 Seward (11-3) for another four minutes.

After Cade Reichardt opened the second OT with a 3-point play, Lliteras converted a 4-pointer by making the free throw after Scheierman fouled him on a pro-range 3. He finished with a game-high 21 points. Scheierman then went 5 of 6 at the line for a three-point lead, only for Seward to tie it with 9 seconds left on Lliteras’ layup.

Scheierman said it probably was his freshman or sophomore year since he made a game-winner.

Reichardt had gotten his career high of 28 in the Huskies’ 62-59 win at Seward last Saturday. With more defensive attention on him and two early fouls, he got through regulation with only three points but had five in the extra time.

“I told him to stay the course, that anything could happen,’’ Scheiereman said. “He really helped us out in the stretch.

“We didn’t panic even though we were down 12. We knew we weren’t playing our best basketball and they were hot.”

Seward (11-3)......15 13 12    8  7    8—63

Aurora (16-1)........9  11 15 13 7 11—66

S: Nate Lliteras 21, Brett Meyer 15, Derek Holtorf 11, Joseph Krause 8, Kelly Vyhanek 5, Bryson Janousek 3.

A: Baylor Scheierman 38, Nick Hutsell 9, Cade Reichardt 8, Nathan Boerkircher 7, Jordan Stevenson 4.

York 53, Adams Central 45

The Dukes (14-2) had trouble putting away Adams Central, which they edged 49-46 in Hastings last month.

Although the Patriots missed 18 of their first 20 shots, they were trailing only by seven and the Dukes didn’t push the lead past nine until the third quarter. Reid Hoffmann scored on a back-door cut off a feed by Nebraska football signee Garrett Snodgrass for a 36-25 lead.

Adams Central (12-4) made it 40-38 with five minutes left on a 3 by Thomas Hunt, who had a game-high 15 points. York denied them a chance to get closer, scoring on its next two possessions — two free throws by Hoffmann and a 3 by a Brady Danielson. Lucas then took it back to a 10-point game by hitting a 3 after Snodgrass rebounded a missed 3 by Lucas.

Danielson, who led York with 14 points, played his first full game since an ankle injury in a win over Grand Island Central Catholic 2½ weeks ago. He had gotten 10 points in limited minutes against Seward in the first round.

York coach Scott Lamberty said Danielson wouldn’t complain to him if the ankle was still bothering, but mentioned he didn’t know if he could guard Hunt the entire time coming off screens.

“We tried to switch it a little bit,’’ the coach said. “But in the end, when it came to crunch time he’s going to guard their best guy and get the ball in his hands and he’s going to get to the basket.”

Lucas made four 3s for 12 points. His father is Mike Lucas, the York superintendent and athletic director who Omaha Westside hired this week as its next superintendent. Sorry, Westside coach Jim Simons, the younger Lucas is a senior.

Haggan Hilgendorf, the Patriots’ 6-8 junior, had 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting. He started 0 of 5.

Adams Central (12-4).......5 14 10 16—45

At York (14-2)................10 12 16 15—53

AC: Thomas Hunt 15, Haggan Hilgendorf 12, Nolan Sughroue 7, Cam Foster 5, Tyler Slechta 3, Gavin Lipovsky 3.

Y: Brady Danielson 14, Jeb Lucas 12, Reid Hoffmann 10, Garrett Snodgrass 10, Wyatt Cast 3, Jake Erwin 2, Morgan Conner 2.

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