Bellevue West boys basketball beat Grand Island in overtime 72-67 Saturday to improve to 9-9 on the season.

The Thunderbirds led 53-41 at the end of the third quarter but the Islanders forced overtime by out-scoring the T-birds 25-13 in the fourth.

West won the game by holding Grand Island to one point in the extra period.

Cedric Johnson led the T-birds with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

Collin Richards added 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc and Cade Johnson added 13 points. AJ Jackson led the team with 11 rebounds and six assists.

Monarchs split weekend slate

Papillion-La Vista boys basketball went 1-1 over the weekend, falling to Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln on Friday night and recovering to beat Columbus Saturday.

Leading 38-29 late in the third quarter Friday, the Monarchs went more than five minutes without a field goal to fall into an eight-point deficit with only a few minutes remaining. The Lynx held on to win 65-58 by making 10-of-15 free throws down the stretch.

Ed Chang led the Monarchs with 19 points and nine rebounds while Ayo Akinwole had 16 points and seven rebounds and Chad Lechtenberg had 10 points.

The Monarchs shot 29.2 percent (19-for-65) from the field and just five percent (1-for-20) from beyond the arc.

The offense experienced more success during Saturday’s win, shooting 43.1 percent (22-for-51) from the field to win 57-37.

Columbus led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter but the Monarchs dominated the rest of the game. Lechtenberg scored 13 points while BJ Deng had 12 and Isaac Hiebert added 11. Chang led the way defensively with 11 rebounds.

Dragons beat Elkhorn

Zach Imig scored 15 points to highlight Gretna’s 61-38 win over Elkhorn Friday night.

Tyler Sullivan, Jared Samuelson, Trey Brown and Ty Duin each scored seven points to contribute to the win.

The Dragons got the offense going early and often, taking a 15-8 lead the end of the first quarter and a 31-10 lead at halftime.

Trojans trounce Raymond Central

Platteview boys basketball handily beat Raymond Central 71-25 Saturday.

The Trojans held the Mustangs under 10 points in every quarter and shot 54 percent (27-for-50) from the field to dominate on both sides of the ball.

Nate Thayer and Drew Mann led the Trojans with 13 points each while Brady Heiman added 10 points, 10 blocks and seven rebounds.

On Friday, the Trojans fell to Syracuse 51-38.

Syracuse was dominant early, taking a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 31-15 advantage at halftime. The Trojans cut the lead to 41-31 at the end of the third quarter, but the Rockets held on in the fourth quarter.

Thayer led the Trojans with 12 points while Heiman added eight points, six rebounds and six blocks.

As a team, the Trojans shot 15-for-38 from the field and 2-for-13 from beyond the 3-point line.

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