On the bright side, Millard West did a better job of slowing Omaha Benson’s Khyri Thomas this time.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the host Bunnies rode a balanced scoring effort to a 71-64 victory.

Thomas, who lit up Millard West for 35 points in a losing effort at the Metro holiday tournament Monday, was held to 17 points in Saturday’s win. But teammates William Curtis and Deion Wells-Ross chipped in 13 each as Benson avenged its 10-point tournament loss.

“We played a better game today,” Bunnies coach Donnie Johnson said. “We got going early and guarded them better than last time.”

Thomas had 11 in the first half to help Benson take a 32-19 halftime lead. Millard West trimmed the deficit to 10 entering the fourth quarter, but the Bunnies extended the lead to 16 and were never threatened in the final period.

“Playing with that lead most of the way was a good thing,” Johnson said. “We need to learn to close out games a little better, but we did a pretty good job today.”

Johnson added that it helped to have played the Wildcats less than a week before.

“I think that was an advantage for us,” he said. “And playing at home always helps.”

Benson shot 56 percent from the field and turned the ball over 10 times. Millard West shot 44 percent from the field but was 3 of 11 from behind the arc.

Senior forward Connor Lusso led the Wildcats with 26 points while Spencer Sharp had a game-high 10 rebounds.

Millard West (7-4) ................. 6 13 17 28—64

At Omaha Benson (6-4) ................. 9 23 14 25—71

MW: Sam Koca 2, Grant Wulf 3, Nick Hargis 4, Josh Lallman 8, Tyler Kallman 7, Connor Lusso 26, Spencer Sharp 8, Ben Kositzke 6.

OB: Khyri Thomas 17, Mar’shun Stewart 4, Tyree Peters 8, Maurice Buckley 8, William Curtis 13, Deion Wells-Ross 13, Thik Bol 8.

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