Warriors, Mustangs turn tables on foes

Eight days after Omaha Westside lost to Bellevue West, it beat the No. 6 Thunderbirds 55-54 on Jadin Booth’s step-back 3 with 16 seconds left.

Revenge may be a dish best served cold — not a reference to Saturday’s weather — but Omaha Westside and Millard North didn’t wait long to exact theirs in the Metro Conference’s holiday tournament.

Eight days after Westside lost to Bellevue West by 15 and gave up 40 to a freshman, it beat the No. 6 Thunderbirds 55-54 on sophomore Jadin Booth’s step-back 3 with 16 seconds left.

“We competed really hard against a team that quite frankly got after us pretty good eight days ago on our home floor,” new Westside coach Jim Simons said. “Sometimes you get what you deserve.”

In the next game, Millard North paid back new Metro member Elkhorn South for a Dec. 8 loss by winning 82-67.

“At halftime I said this has nothing to do with the last game. Go win the second half,” Mustangs coach Tim Cannon said. “You don’t know what they’re thinking. The last one we were ahead 47-36 at halftime.”

There were four more rematches in the first round at Ralston Arena. Three of those second servings were rehashes lacking much flavor. Millard West’s 78-76 overtime win against Papillion-La Vista was the exception.

“Playing somebody a second time a week later is never an easy task, especially when you’ve won fairly handily and trying to convince 15- and 16-year-olds that every game is different,” Bellevue West coach Doug Woodard said. “Westside played with much more purpose than we did.”

Only one quarterfinal when the tournament resumes Tuesday at Ralston Arena will be a rematch — Omaha Central against Omaha Bryan at 5:15 p.m. The other quarterfinals will be Omaha Creighton Prep-Millard West at 3:30, Omaha Burke-Omaha Westside at 7 and Millard North-Millard South at 8:45 p.m.

Saturday’s stars

Nick Ferrarini: 33 points, a career high, in Millard North’s win.

Kyle Luedtke: 30 points, going 6 of 15 on 3s, in top-ranked Prep’s win.

Brock Burling: 29 points, which kept Millard West afloat against Papillion-La Vista.

Javen Udofia: 23 points for No. 7 Omaha Bryan.

Jok Pal: 23 points, on 9 of 10 shooting, and 11 rebounds in No. 5 Omaha Central’s 76-40 blowout.

Shereef Mitchell: 22 points and five assists in No. 4 Omaha Burke’s 64-47 win.

Kyle Perry and Tyrell Carroll: Combined to make 24 of 30 free throws, with Perry scoring 26 and Carroll 21, in No. 3 Millard South’s 60-40 victory.

Omaha Westside 55, Bellevue West 54

One key for the Warriors was not giving up 40 points again to Bellevue West’s Chucky Hepburn. The freshman got 10 against Westside’s zone, including a three-point play with 1:22 left that put the Thunderbirds ahead 52-49.

They were still leading 54-52 before Booth stole the ball in their backcourt and got the ball back for his 3.

“He’s the guy we want shooting that shot,” Simons said. “He’s only a sophomore, but he’s come a long way since last year. The moment’s not too big for him.”

Booth’s steal was the first of three turnovers that ended the game for West. Hepburn was on a drive when he lost the ball off his knee into Jaden Kohls’ possession. The final miscue was from an errant long pass to midcourt with 1.4 seconds left after a foul-line violation on Booth while he was intentionally missing a free throw.

Omaha Westside (4-4)......12 15 17 11—55

Bellevue West (5-3).......11 17 15 11—54

OW: Jadin Booth 15, PJ Ngambi 14, Chase Thompson 10, Dylan Plautz 7, Damond Ross 5, Carl Brown 2, Cal Weidemann 1, Jaden Kohls 1.

BW: Cedric Johnson 15, Nico Felici 12, Chucky Hepburn 10, Tevin Tanner 7, John Shanklin 4, Jacob Coldanghise 4, Deng Jal 2.

Millard North 82, Elkhorn South 67

The Mustangs expanded their one-point halftime lead to 60-52 after three quarters as Burke transfer Mason Jung scored half of his 20 points and Bret Porter seven of his 12.

It was their second straight win after a four-game skid that included three games in which they topped 70 points.

In two weeks to lose three of those (was hard),” Cannon said. “So we just tried to tone up the D, play a lot more 1-2-2 and that’s helped. We’re pressing out of that and we’re getting at least a few more stops to make it easier.”

Elkhorn South’s Mick Williams had a career-high 31 points, including five 3-pointers. The senior had four in his first seven games for the Class B No. 5 Storm.

Millard North (3-5).......18 18 24 22—82

Elkhorn South (3-5).......10 25 17 15—67

MW: Nick Ferrarini 33, Mason Jung 20, Bret Porter 12, Jake Rueschloff 7, Hunter Sollis 4, Max Murrell 3, Jaren Marshall 3.

ES: Mick Williams 31, Jace Piatkowski 11, Zach LaFave 9, Alex Nelson 6, Dylan Dubisar 6, Cade Berendes 2, Ben Laible 1, Josh Jorgensen 1.

Millard West 78, Papillion-La Vista 76, OT

Senior Austin Harris’ contested 3 from the right corner was a buzzer-
beater that forced overtime.

“Austin didn’t shoot very well for the whole game, but he has a lot of confidence and he’s going to make the next one,” West coach Bill Morrison said.

Papio’s only lead of overtime was at the start when Nebraska baseball recruit Caleb Feekin made a free throw. Burling scored, then Hunter Schnuerle got a three-point play off a feed from Chris Connell for a 74-70 lead.

“Papillion will pull it out if they get ahead, so I said to just keep attacking the basket because they had some guys in foul trouble,” Morrison said.

At the end, getting the ball back after a West turnover on an inbounds pass, Papio’s Hayden Bahl missed a long 3 and his teammates couldn’t control the offensive rebound before the buzzer sounded.

Feekin had 29 points for the Monarchs, who lost 59-49 to West on Dec. 16.

Millard West (4-4).............16 12 15 26 9—78

Papillion-La Vista (4-4)........21 14 13 21 7—76

MW: Brock Burling 29, Austin Harris 18, Hunter Schnuerle 12, Giavonni Guido 10, Even Meyersick 5, Chris Connell 4.

PLV: Caleb Feekin 29, Hayden Bahl 15, Cole Lansman 12, Peyton Priest 12, Jon Carter 8.

Omaha Creighton Prep 80, Omaha Northwest 63

Northwest stayed with the Junior Jays until the final quarter, with many of Prep’s starters on the floor when the game ended.

Newly eligible Isaiah Jones led the Huskies with a career-high 29 points, going 9 of 12 as their only free-throw shooter.

“Give credit to Northwest. There was a while there they were making every shot they took,” Prep coach Josh Luedtke said. “They came in and played with no fear and they ran their stuff. Our guys have to do a better job defensively. No one likes to play the 8:30 game but give credit to our guys.”

"They hung in there, didn’t get rattled and we started getting some stops here and there when we extended our pressure.”

Grant Matthies had a career-high 22 points for Prep.

Omaha Northwest (2-7)............14 20 17 12—63

Omaha Creighton Prep (7-0).......20 17 23 20—80

ONW: Isaiah Jones 29, Kristion Johnson 10, William Adams 10, Preston Sherwood 8, Vincent Burns 3, Christopher Marion-Adkins 3.

OCP: Kyle Luedtke 30, Grant Matthies 22, Akol Arop 10, Jayden Temme 8, Mason Armstead 7, Spencer Moes 3.

Omaha Bryan 71, Papio South 54

The Bears led 18-8 after the first quarter and 41-18 at halftime as Udofia had 14 points and William Worthington nine of his 11.

Tre’Vion Crawford had 12 for Bryan, which beat the Titans 71-62 Dec. 9. Shaibu Abakar led Papio South with 13 points. The Titans’ 20-point scorer, Tuach Dol, had four.

Papillion-La Vista South (3-5)............8 10 18 18—54

Omaha Bryan (6-2)......18 23 17 13—71

PS: Shaibu Abakar 13, Lok Wur 10, Jared Mattley 9, Damien Burger 5, Mitchell Blum 5, Ryan Winkler 4, Tuach Dol 4, Chase Lett 3, Jacob Grafelman 1.

OB: Javen Udofia 23, Tre’Vion Crawford 12, William Worthington 11, William Grixby 7, Samuel Gregory 6, Jonathan Montalvo 6, Antoine Curtis 4, C.J. Smith 1, Keelyn Moses 1.

Omaha Burke 64, Bellevue East 47

Burke got control with a 20-9 second quarter for a 37-20 halftime lead.

Bellevue East twice had it down to a three-possession game in the fourth quarter, but Burke regained a 13-point lead on Chris Honz’s layup and Mitchell’s slam after All-Nebraska football player Chris Hickman intercepted a long pass and whipped it downcourt to Mitchell.

David Moreano had 18 points for the Bulldogs, who beat East 64-44 Dec. 16. Frederick Knotts’ 18 points led Bellevue East.

Bellevue East (3-5)........11  9 15 12—47

Omaha Burke (7-1).........17 20 11 16—64

BE: Frederick Knotts 18, Gage Dengel 8, Hunter Mengel 6, Joseph Skoff 6, Austin Slie 5, Xavier Hudson 4.

OB: Shereef Mitchell 22, David Moreano 18, Xavier Watts 10, Chris Hickman 6, Chris Honz 4, Billy Kenedy 2, Tyson Gunter 2.

Omaha Central 76, Omaha South 40

Central kept the Packers from scoring until the second quarter and led 40-15 at halftime.

The Eagles in the first half got 15 points on 7 of 7 shooting from Pal and 10 points from Roman Behrens, who finished with 17 and zero turnovers.

South, which had a three-game winning streak end, shot 24 percent in the first half with nine turnovers.

“I felt defensively was where we needed to show improvement and that’s what we worked on the past two days of practice,” Central coach Eric Behrens said.

Omaha South (4-5).............0 15  7 18—40

Omaha Central (5-3).........15 25 15 21—76

OS: Tyreek Crawford 10, Ta’Vion Anderson 8, Jay Saunders 8, De’Shon Thompson 6, Tyrece Griggs 4, Rashawn McNeal-Lee 4.

OC: Jok Pal 23, Roman Behrens 17, John Tonje 8, Javier Turner 6, Max Polk 6, Gregory Brown 5, Latrell Wrightsell 3, Abe Hoskins 3, Paul Koesters 3, Jalen Harris 2.

Millard South 60, Omaha North 40

North fell behind 27-22 at halftime, then Millard South held it to nine points in each of the final two quarters.

Darien Murcek-Ellis and Malachi O’Neal each had 13 points for North, which lost 86-72 to the Patriots on Dec. 19. Perry scored 62 points in the two games.

Omaha North (1-5).........14  8  9  9—40

Millard South (8-0).......14 13 18 15—60

ON: Darien Murcek-Ellis 13, Malachi O’Neal 13, Kyree Ellebb 5, Aron Wright 5, Wal Chol 2, Deshawn Harris 2.

MS: Kyle Perry 26, Tyrell Carroll 21, Dylan Wagner 5, Drew Gillin 3, Logan Rudolph 3, T.J. Urban 2.

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