BRLD’s boys basketball team advanced to the Class C2 district finals with two double-digit wins. They move on with a 69-25 win over GACC and a 74-51 rebuffing of Omaha Nation.
The Wolverines never trailed in their first round game against (4-18) GACC.
A 21-0 run in the first half helped pushed the lead to 44-14 at the half. The last 11 minutes of the game were played with a running clock.
Three Wolverines scored in double figures. Darwin Snyder had five treys as he rang up 17 points to lead the team. Jaxon Johnson hit six of eight shots and cashed in on two three-point plays and tallied 16. Dylan Beutler scored 13 points to go with his team high nine rebounds. Lucas Vogt and Johnson had four steals each.
BRLD had a one point, 48-47, win over (17-7) Omaha Nation in the season opener. In the sub-district rematch the Wolverines took control of the game from the start with a stifling defense which limited the Chiefs to 7-for 27 shooting as they built up a 34-19 halftime lead.
Omaha Nation had 32 second half points, but slipped further behind as the Wolverines built a 26-point lead before turning the game over to the reserves.
Omaha Nation scored first as the game was a sparring match in the opening minutes. Johnson got BRLD on the board and at the 5:10 mark Vogt put BRLD up 5-4 with a trey. The Wolverines added six more on a basket by Will Gatzemeyer and Vogt’s two charity shots and a goal. After a triple by the Chiefs, Vogt struck again, Snyder was perfect at the stripe, and Vogt closed with a trey at the buzzer for an 18-7 lead.
A 7-2 run opened the second quarter as the BRLD lead increased to 17. Brayden Anderson, Beutler, and Snyder had baskets and Vogt added a free shot. Macy cut the lead to 10 before BRLD went on a 9-2 run to close the half. A three point play by Johnson, goal by Vogt, two charities by Beutler, and another goal at the buzzer by Vogt put the Wolverines up by 15 points.
The Wolverine had six triples in the third quarter to boost them to a 56-37 lead. Snyder and Vogt had a pair while Hegge had one. For the third quarter in a row, the Wolverines beat the buzzer for a score. Dylan Beutler drained a bomb on an out of bounds play for the 19- point lead.
Point guard, Lucas Vogt added to his game-high 32 points with nine more in the fourth quarter. He closed the night with seven deuces, five treys, and three charity shots.
Vogt was joined by Snyder and Beutler in double figure scoring. Snyder had 13 with three treys. Beutler made it a double-double night with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The (23-1) Wolverines moved on to play (11-12) Hastings St. Cecilia in the district finals on Feb. 25 at Columbus High School. The Bluehawks have a rich basketball tradition counting five state championships since 2008 In the last four years, they have two titles, a third place, and were runner-up last year. They graduated seven seniors from that team, including their top four scorers.
Winners of the eight district final games earn a spot in next weekend’s state tournament.