WAVERLY, Neb. — Woe to the teams that find Wahoo and Wahoo Neumann in their postseason tournament.
Trying to knock them out is near impossible.
For the seventh time in eight years, the two Wahoo teams are going to meet for big stakes after winning their semifinals against ranked teams Tuesday night in the C1-3 subdistrict at Waverly High.
Class C-1 No. 9 Boys Town fell to No. 1 Wahoo 69-55 and No. 10 Omaha Concordia lost to No. 6 Neumann 60-50.
While Wahoo (22-2) is sitting pretty atop the Class C-1 point standings, Neumann (14-9) needs an upset in Thursday’s 7 p.m. subdistrict final to stay alive for a possible fourth state title in five seasons.
“Let’s not kid ourselves,’’ Neumann coach Mike Weiss said. “We’re going to play the best defense we can play, but I personally think Wahoo is like we were the past couple of years. They’re the top dog in C-1 and we’re going to have to shoot it well and hope their guys are a little off.
“I never wanted to hear that last year when I was the coach, but let’s face it, they have the ponies this year.”
Neumann’s switch from its 1-3-1 zone to man in the second quarter quieted a Concordia offense that had gone 5 of 6 on 3-pointers in the first quarter. Weiss said he ditched a 2-3 zone several weeks ago that had worked well in a victory over a taller Atlantic, Iowa, team, but had made the Cavaliers more passive on defense.
Buck Leinen made six 3s and led Concordia with 22 points, but the Mustangs (12-10) — playing their first game since Feb. 10 — mustered 14 points over the middle two quarters to fall behind 43-33 and never got closer than eight in the final period.
Zach Meduna had 19 points, all in the final three quarters, to lead the Cavaliers. Trey Ahrens had 15 and Isaac Woita 11.
“I think 14-9 — people think I’m nuts — but I think we’ve done an outstanding job this year,’’ Weiss said. “To replace everybody we had and for these kids, it’s not easy in a tradition program. It’s been a very fun year.”
Against Boys Town, Wahoo never trailed and led by double digits much of the game.
The Cowboys got within eight twice in the third quarter after switching to man defense, but Will Shanahan scored five of his 12 points in the period and Winston Cook hit a 3 in a quick 8-0 run to double the Warriors’ lead to 44-28.
Shanahan led Wahoo with 16 points. Brandon Lacey had 15 and Cook, coming off the bench, added 12.
Davion Saunsoci’s 11 points led Boys Town (15-9). It had trouble finishing around the basket and was 19 of 57 overall and 6 of 26 on 3s.
Wahoo Neumann (14-9).........14 19 10 17—60
Omaha Concordia (12-10).........19 8 6 17—50
WN: Zach Meduna 19, Trey Ahrens 15, Isaac Woita 11, Eli Vedral 7, Taylen Pospisil 5, Sam Fisher 3.
OC: Buck Leinen 22, Max Meier 11, Coleton Kanzmeier 8, Ryan Ehresman 4, Tyreese Johnson 3, Jayden Scott 2.
Wahoo (22-2)..............20 10 21 18—69
Boys Town (15-9).........11 7 17 20—55
W: Will Shanahan 16, Brandon Lacey 15, Winston Cook 12, Dylan Egr 9, Blake Lacey 8, Cameron Quick 7, Billy Hancock 2.
BT: Davion Saunsoci 11, Dez Ford 10, Daveon Jones 7, Daniel Brady 6, Uzziah Freeman 6, Keionta Burnett 5, Saiveon Hopkins 4, Deontay Davis 2, Deshun Bush 2, Malik Jackson 2.