FREMONT – Logan View/Scribner-Snyder gave Wahoo Neumann a run for its money early on from long range, but the No. 1 Cavaliers’ tough, quick defense and Ben Simons’ 29 points cinched a state berth Monday 72-48 in the Class C1-3 District final in Fremont.
Simons scored 18 of his season-high 29 points in the fourth – with four treys – to put the game out of reach for WN at Midland University Event Center. The senior guard, who shot 10 of 15 from the field, stepped up and evaded the Raiders’ 1-3-1 defense focused on containing him, his brother, Jaxon, and Noah Vedral.
LV/SS took the Cavaliers off guard with its three-point shooting, draining 5 of 7 treys – three by guard Jacob Polk – in the first quarter to claim a 19-17 lead. Both teams fought for control in the second, with Hunter Schlueter hitting the last of his three first-half treys to give the Raiders a 25-23 lead with 2:40 left until halftime.
But WN began to pressure Raider guards with a trap defense and outscored LV/SS 10-2 after that to take a 33-27 lead at halftime.
As Schlueter pitched in with the Cavalier defense holding leading scorer Ben Moxness to just 10 points for the game, WN’s full-court press and man-to-man defense caused several turnovers that were converted into easy layups off fast breaks and prevented the Raiders from executing its offense effectively. While Schlueter and Polk had 11 points each heading into halftime, they were held to just four and three points, respectively, in the second half.
The Cavaliers outscored the Raiders 39-21 in the second half – fueled by Ben Simons’ run. His brother, Jaxon contributed seven of his 10 points to that rally. WN ended up with three players in double figures, with Vedral close with nine.
Wahoo Neumann’s inside game also was effective as forward Reid Jurgensmeier and center Brandon Breunig combined for 8 of 12 shooting and 4 of 7 free throws and scored 10 each.
Five different Raiders each hit a 3 in the second half – including Polk, Moxness, Conner Gralheer, Alex Hagerbaumer and Nathan Taylor. But it wasn’t quite enough to spark a rally.
The Raiders end its first season in its basketball co-op at 15-10, while the Cavaliers, 23-2, advance to the first round of the State Boys Basketball Tournament.
Class C1-3 District final
Wahoo Neumann (23-2) 17 16 12 27 – 72
LV/SS (15-10) 19 8 8 13 – 48
Wahoo Neumann: Sean Dailey 0-2, 0-0, 0; Jaxon Simons 4-7, 0-0, 10; Noah Vedral 3-9, 2-2, 9; Skyler Woita 1-1, 0-0, 2; Jordan Fujan, 1-1, 0-0, 2; Reid Jurgensmeier 3-5, 4-5, 10; Brandon Bruenig, 5-7, 0-2, 10.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder: Michael Broussard 0-1, 0-0, 0; Jacob Polk 5-9, 0-0, 14; Alex Hagerbaumer 1-2, 0-0, 3; Conner Gralheer 1-1, 0-0, 3; Ben Moxness 4-10, 2-2, 10; Nathan Taylor 1-2, 0-0, 3; Hunter Schlueter 5-6, 2-4, 15.