Logan Kingsbury scored 12 of his 18 points in the first quarter as Ponca defeated BRLD, 50-33, in a Class C-2 semifinal.
Freshman Lucas Vogt hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime as BRLD stunned Elmwood-Murdock.
Perhaps it was fitting that a defensive play capped Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur's improbable comeback to beat Battle Creek 40-38 in the Class C2-2 district final here Monday.
Exeter-Milligan followed its Eight Man-2 football title won last November with a 67-62 double overtime victory over No. 1-ranked Bancroft-Rosalie Saturday in the championship game of the D-2 boys basketball tournament at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
After losing three starters off of last season’s Class D-2 state championship team, Bancroft-Rosalie heard the murmurs early this season that it was inevitable the Panthers would take a step back. Instead, No. 1 Bancroft-Rosalie is one win away from a second straight title.
For the first 30 minutes of Thursday’s Class D2 quarterfinal, one wouldn’t have been able to figure out who the No. 1-seed was and who the No. 8-seed was.
After finishing as East Husker Conference boys basketball runner-up last year, Bancroft-Rosalie wasn’t leaving Central Community College’s Raider Fieldhouse in Columbus Saturday without winning it all.
Oakland-Craig came within three points of handing Bancroft-Rosalie its first loss with 19 seconds left in the game, but the Panthers hit 4 of 4 free throws to seal a 66-59 win and 13-0 record in Oakland.
The Panthers scored the third-most points in an eight-man game in state history and the most since Indianola set the record in a 119-20 win over Holbrook in 1967.