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(Neb)-Scottsbluff And Alliance Win, Garden County Loses At State

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/09/2017 11:56 PM
LINCOLN -  It was a pretty good first day at the Nebraska Boys Basketball state tournament as 2 of the 3 Panhandle teams won. In Class B, Alliance beat Crete 53-42 and Alliance topped Platteview 65-60 while D-2 Oshkosh-Garden County lost to Cedar Rapids Riverside 70-27.

     Scottsbluff now meets Aurora at 2:45  in one semifinal while Alliance's first win at state since winning the title in 2001 has the Bulldogs taking on defending champion Gretna at 1:00 MT.

     Scottsbluff trailed through much of the first 3 quarters as Crete shut down high-scoring Dru Kuxhausen, holding the Chadron State signee to 4 points...but 6-8 Landon Walker picked up the slack with 20 points - 10 in each half - and the Bearcats took the lead for good with a 14-0 run to end the 3rd.

         Kuxhausen scored 8 in the final period to end with 12 point... 17 below his average...but the game was the 2nd-lowest scoring of the season for Scottsbluff as a team.

     Alliance jumped out on top with a 21-point 1st quarter and led by 14 midway through the 2nd period, but Platteview recovered and took the lead by 3 midway through the 3rd. Alliance answered with a 9-2 run and never trailed again.

      The Bulldogs hit 10 of 17 from 3-point range and goa a double-double from 6-9 Austin Luger while holding Platteview's 6-10 Brady Heiman, being recruited by Nebraska and others, to 4 points and 9 rebounds.

       Garden County stayed close for a time and led 6-3 before Riverside closed out the 1st period on a 15-0 and never looked back...leading 40-14 at the half and 58-21 after 3 periods. Garden County's leading scorer was Mason Zorn with 8. 

     In another D-2 game of regional interest,  Mullen won its first state tournament game since 1923 by knocking off defending state champ Humphrey St. Francis 45-44. Mullen led virtually the entire game, but missed its last 4 free throw attempts, including 2 with 6 seconds left, to give St Francis a chance, but the Flyers missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

     And Wynot upset #1 Parkview Christian 39-34 after blowing a 30-18 3rd quarter lead and trailing 31-30.


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