Elkhorn Mount Michael doesn’t have the Palace doors open yet for a game Saturday.

But without Parker Hottovy’s hustle getting to an offensive rebound and Joseph Chouinard’s 3-pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime, the Knights would definitely be on the road for their district final.

They outlasted Elkhorn 73-70 in two overtimes before a nearly full gym at Omaha Skutt in Monday night’s B-2 subdistrict semifinals.

The only way the No. 9 Knights (18-6) won’t host on Saturday is if they lose to the Class B No. 4 SkyHawks in Tuesday’s 6 p.m. final at Skutt and Alliance wins B-8 at home against Scottsbluff — Scottsbluff is 2-1 against the Bulldogs this season.

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“Everyone is going to talk about the shot, an unreal shot, but Parker Hottovy lands against the doors to the hallway to save the ball,’’ Mount Michael coach Derrik Spooner said. “That’s what Parker does. He’s not going to be on many scouting reports, he’s not going to be the key player, but without him we don’t win.”

It was only the third basket of the game for Chouinard, one of five sophomore starters. He finished with 10 points. Brad Bennett scored a game-high 27, Kaleb Brink had 17 and Airan Lopez 14.

Elkhorn (11-11) was a tough draw as a new opponent this season for the Knights.

“They are a few points, a few possessions from having an unreal record, five, six more wins,’’ Spooner said.

In matching the Knights for more than 36 minutes, the Antlers got 21 points from Mitchell Kahre, 15 from Caden Schutte, 11 from Bryson Hochstein and 10 from Drew Christo.

“I’ve been telling our kids all year we’re as good as anybody,’’ new Elkhorn coach Benji Hoegh said. “We just haven’t been able to make the play when it really mattered. Tonight it was kind of the same thing. We were one rebound away from winning it in regulation.”

His team had taken a 59-56 lead on two free throws from Kahre with 25.5 seconds left. In overtime, a free throw by Christo — his father is former Husker quarterback Monte Christo from Kearney — put Elkhorn ahead 62-60 before Chouinard tied it and neither team scored in the final 2:30.

Brink’s basket, a blocked shot by Chouinard and two Bennett free throws started the second overtime well for the Knights, and they led by as many as seven.

Elkhorn remains alive for the final spots in the Class B district final with Lincoln Pius X or Aurora as possible opponents.

Elkhorn Mt. Michael (18-6)........12 19 17 11 3 11—73

Elkhorn (11-11)..................16 9 19 15 3 8—70

MM: Brad Bennett 27, Kaleb Brink 17, Airan Lopez 14, Joseph Chouinard 10, Kyle Pelan 3, Parker Hottovy 2.

E: Mitchell Kahre 21, Caden Schutte 15, Bryson Hochstein 11, Drew Christo 10, Wyatt Behlen 7, Gannon Gragert 4, Kyler Beekman 2.

Omaha Skutt 93, Ralston 58

In their third win over the Rams, the SkyHawks led wire-to-wire after a 9-0 start. Tyson Gordon had 21 points, Jake Kudron and Grant Bertucci 17 apiece and TJ Skradski 12.

Andrew Anderson had 14 and Jeff Evans 13 for Ralston, which finished 7-17. It was a five-win improvement in Bo Buettenback’s second season as coach.

Ralston (7-17).............10  16  18  14—58

At Omaha Skutt (20-4).....21  25  29  18—93

R: Andrew Anderson 14, Jeff Evans 13, Isaac Dannehl 8, Conor McDonnell 8, Joshua Kilzer 7, Jordin Apreza-Guzman 6, Mercel Lewis 2.

OS: Tyson Gordon 21, Jake Kudron 17, Grant Bertucci 17, TJ Skradski 12, Andrew Merfeld 9, Charlie Fletcher 8, Luke Skar 6, Jon Spidle 3.

Early starts Tuesday

Even before the winter storm watch was issued Monday afternoon, host schools in eastern Nebraska were moving up district games for Tuesday night to earlier start times.

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