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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July 1: Air Force's Nic Ready hit a total of 55 home runs, including 21 in the final round, to edge Clemson's Logan Davidson in the College Home Run Derby.
June 28: Oregon State celebrates beating Arkansas 5-0 in Game 3 of the CWS championship series. The Beavers were down to their last out in Game 2 before a fielding blunder by the Razorbacks gave Oregon State a second life, which it took advantage of en route to the program's third CWS title.
June 18: John Olson, and Mary Olson, of Joslyn, Missouri, take cover under ponchos during a rain delay at the College World Series. Weather provided a huge problem in the 2018 CWS.
June 15: Cam'ron Jones checks out Omaha.com, or perhaps Snapchat, during the Huskers' Friday Night Lights camp.
May 19: Fremont's Lucas Arps celebrates after winning the Class A 400-meter dash.
May 19: Lincoln Lutheran's Josie Puelz celebrates after clearing 12-2 in the Class C girls pole vault final.
May 17: Omaha Roncalli's Thomas Alitz cheers after scoring the winning run in the Class B state championship on a hit by Logan McGill with two outs in the seventh inning.
May 17: Omaha Creighton Prep's Eric Allbery, right, jumps on the dogpile as the Junior Jays celebrate their Class A state baseball title.
May 16: South Sioux City celebrates after defeating Elkhorn South in the Class B state soccer championship.
May 16: Kearney's Christian Dakan hoists the Class A state soccer trophy alongside his teammates.
May 14: Millard North celebrates its Class A state championship win against Omaha Marian by kissing the trophy.
May 14: Elkhorn celebrates its Class B championship win against Omaha Skutt.
May 9: Creighton's Will Robertson celebrates with Jack Strunc, left, after homering the fifth inning. The Jays beat UNO 10-6.
May 6: The Omaha Storm Chasers play below the newly dedicated Steve Pivovar Press Box at Werner Park.
April 21: Nebraska coach Scott Frost leads the Huskers during the Tunnel Walk on Saturday.
April 19: Awardee Dante Pettis and former Nebraska football player Johnny Rodgers, right, pictured during the Jet Award dinner.
April 19: Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne attends the Jet Award dinner.
April 18: UNO's Malik Moore pitches against Nebraska. The Mavericks knocked off the Huskers for the first time since 1997.
April 11: Creighton's Will Robertson, left, and Thomas Luevano celebrate scoring on a triple by Jack Strunc.
April 11: Elkhorn South's Mo Gohr gains control of the ball in the Metro Conference tournament.
April 3: Scott Frost directs Husker football practice.
March 31: The boy campers pose for a photo at the Athletes' Training Center Futures Camp at Iowa West Field House.
March 27: Creighton defeats Nebraska 3-1 in the first matchup of the year.
March 25: Kansas' Malik Newman drives to the basket, drawing a blocking foul on Duke's Wendell Carter. The Jayhawks went on to defeat the Blue Devils in Omaha and advance to the Final Four.
March 17: Creighton defeats Iowa in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.
March 17: Creighton's bench cheers as Michael Emodi hits a walk-off homer off Wichita State pitcher Chandler Sanburn in the Jays' home opener.
March 12: The Creighton women's basketball team celebrates making the NCAA tournament.
March 10: Wahoo celebrates winning the Class C-1 boys basketball title.
March 10: Nebraska City Lourdes' Quinten Vasa, center, holds up the trophy with his team.
March 9: Glenwood celebrates after winning its first boys basktball state title in school history.
March 3: Scotus' Maggie Feehan celebrates after winning the Class C-1 title.
March 3: Superior celebrates a Class C-2 championship win over Ravenna.
Feb. 25: Nebraska's Duby Okeke enters Pinnacle Bank Arena with his family at his side on senior night. The Huskers went on to defeat Penn State.
Nebraska's Duby Okeke enters Pinnacle Bank Arena with his family at his side on senior night.
Feb. 24: Creighton's Marcus Foster, left, and Davion Mintz celebrate Creighton's 89-83 overtime victory over Villanova.
Feb. 24: Omaha Creighton Prep's Colin LaFave competes in the 100 fly at the state swimming meet.
Feb. 24: Lincoln Southwest's Anna Heinrich, left, and Josie Ford celebrate their first and second-place finishes in the 50 free at the state swimming meet.
Feb. 17: Kearney’s Phillip Moomey is in the top 20 of his weight class in two national polls. Only a handful of underclassmen are ranked ahead of him.
Feb. 17: Omaha Burke's Jakason Burks does a backflip after defeating Millard South's Caleb Coyle during the 106-pound Class A final at the state wrestling championships.
Jan. 28: Omaha Lancers coach and General Manager David Wilkie talks with players during first-period action.
Jan. 26: UNO's Luke Nogard skates past the referee.
Jan. 16: Nebraska's Nicea Eliely gets excited during pregame introductions as the Huskers went on to beat Iowa.
Nebraska's James Palmer celebrates a home victory over Illinois with Isaiah Roby.
Jan. 9: Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, left, talks with former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne during the Outland Trophy banquet.
Jan. 4: Omaha Burke's Shereef Mitchell brings the ball up court in the Metro holiday tournament.
Jan. 1: In his final game with Central Florida, now-Nebraska coach Scott Frost raises the Peach Bowl title after defeating Auburn.