BEATRICE, NE – No. 1 Freeman found itself trailing No. 8 Sterling, 32-26 at halftime, and decided to do something about it.
The Falcons (11-1) did a lot about it, in fact. Freeman outscored the Jets (7-7) 47-12 in the second half and cruised to a 73-44 victory on Tuesday night at Beatrice Auditorium in first round action of the MUDECAS tournament in the A Division.
Freeman, who’s won six of its last seven games, scored a season-high in points after hanging 68 on Friend Saturday.
The Falcons were led in scoring by senior Tyler Adams, who finished with 16 points. Junior Trey Yates scored 14. Seniors Brady Ideus and Kaleb Unvert each had 13.
Ideus was particularly dominant. The 6-8 center also blocked three shots and pulled down eight rebounds unofficially.
Freeman blocked five shots as a team, and forced 15 turnovers. The Falcons took care of the basketball, giving it away only seven times.
Sterling shot out of a canon to start Tuesday’s game, knocking down five three-pointers in the first half. Four of those five were made by senior guard Logan Jasa.
Jasa finished with a game-high 20 points, but only two of those came in the second half. Sterling lost their lead in a hurry when Freeman opened the third quarter on a 20-0 run in all of about five minutes.
The Jets, after starting 5-1, have now dropped five of their last seven outings.
Tri County 62 Exeter-Milligan 48
A highly anticipated battle between the No. 4 and 5 seeds was as thrilling as advertised early on, with the game tied at 17 midway through the second quarter.
Tri County ended the half on a 12-2 run to lead 29-19 at halftime. The lead grew to 18 points after three quarters, before the Trojans (9-3) led 52-29 early in the fourth.
Exeter-Milligan (9-3) got back to within 10, but no closer as Tri County secured a 62-48 win in the final game of the A Division bracket Tuesday.
The Trojans won their fifth straight game, while the Timberwolves lost their second straight by double digits.
Tri County got points from all of their usual suspects. Sophomore guard Cole Siems led the way with a game-high 20 points. Senior forward Evan Larson continued his hot streak, logging 17 points – 15 of those coming from beyond the arc.
Larson has now made 31 three-pointers this season – the third most of any player in Class C2.
Sophomore Lucas Wiese finished with 11 points, while senior Creighton Niemeyer scored 10.
Exeter-Milligan got a great performance from sophomore Jackson Beethe, who turned in a 19-point effort. Junior Max Zeleny was also solid with 17 points, but a 23-point deficit early in the fourth quarter was too steep a mountain to summit.
Outside of Beethe and Zeleny, no one on Exeter-Milligan’s team scored more than four. After starting 8-0, the Timberwolves have suddenly dropped three of their last four. The first loss came in double-overtime loss against Shelton (67-65) on Dec. 27.
After a win at Silver Lake (55-46) to round out 2018, Exeter-Milligan opened 2019 with a 70-35 loss at Shelby-Rising City on Jan. 4. The Wolves were without senior Colton Bossaller (8.9 ppg) in that loss. He was out with illness.
While Exeter-Milligan will meet on Saturday morning at 11:45 for a consolation game at the auditorium, Freeman and Tri County will meet on Thursday evening at 6:30 (auditorium).
The winner of that game will face the winner of No. 3 Falls City Sacred Heart (12-1) and No. 2 Johnson-Brock (12-0). The Eagles and Irish face off Thursday night at 8 p.m.
FCSH knocked off No. 6 Johnson County Central 35-30 Tuesday. Johnson Brock topped No. 7 BDS 56-36.
JCC and BDS meet Saturday at 1:15.
B Division results
No. 1 HTRS 61 No. 8 Lewiston 54
No. 4 Diller-Odell 64 No. 5 Parkview Christian 48
- Bryston Warren had a game-high 26 pts. for the Griffins.
No. 3 Palmyra 60 No. 6 Meridian 40
No. 2 Southern 64 No. 7 Pawnee City 21
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