Omaha Westside senior Chase Thompson could not be matched down low in the Warriors’ 75-58 win over Elkhorn South on Saturday. The 6-foot-6 senior posted 30 points on 85 percent (11-of-13) shooting from the field to go along with five rebounds.

“Chase was tremendous inside. They just had a hard time matching up with him,” said Westside coach Jim Simons. The Storm tried double-teaming and, at times, even triple-teaming Thompson in the paint, to no avail.

Thompson was joined in double figures by two of his Westside teammates, as junior Carl Brown finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds on 3-of-6 shooting from three point range. “Carl made three threes, made free throws, [and] scored well from all three levels,” said Simons. Senior Damond Ross finished with 12 points. As a team, the Warriors shot 61.5 percent from the field on their way to their second win of the season.

The Warriors had two different names atop their box score than they did in their win against Lincoln North Star on Thursday; an accurate depiction of just how potent their offensive attack is.

“If we’re able to share the ball and get scoring from multiple guys, we’ll be in pretty good shape. We think we have a lot of shot making ability and a lot of guys with some offensive skills,” said Simons.

Elkhorn South was led in the scoring column by Jace Piatkowski, who poured in 15 points in the loss. Tage Berendes had 13 points, Zach LaFave totaled nine points, five rebounds and four assists and Preston Murphy Jr. had eight points and five assists. Though their team is chock-full of premium perimeter players, the 1-1 Storm’s true weakness was exploited by Westside all afternoon; surrendering 40 points in the paint and losing the rebounding battle by a large margin.

Although they have picked up two key wins to start their 2018-19 campaign, coach Simons wants his team to focus on the short term and continuing to improve, saying, “Our challenge to our guys is to be everyday-guys. Last year, on some nights we showed we were good enough to beat just about anybody. But, then, we had some nights where we weren’t near as good.” He believes his team has bought into this ‘one day at a time’ mindset, saying: “That’s probably the thing that I’m most happy about, is: so far we’ve improved every day. We’ve practiced well, we’ve prepared well and we’ve played well. We have to try to win the day each day.”

Elkhorn South (1-1) 13 12 18 15 — 58

At Omaha Westside (2-0) 22 16 18 19 — 75

ES: Jace Piatkowski 15, Tage Berendes 13, Zach LaFave 9, Preston Murphy Jr. 8, Josh Jorgensen 4, Max Mosser 3, Cole Peterson 2, Dylan Bay 2, Teddy Prochazka 2

OW: Chase Thompson 30, Carl Brown 17, Damond Ross 12, PJ Ngambi 7, Jadin Booth 6, Tucker Hagan 3

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