WAYNE – For the fifth straight year and eighth of past nine years, the Wayne High and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge boys basketball teams met in the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout.
A rematch from last years Blue Division championship game where LCC won, the two teams took to Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College Tuesday afternoon.
In the opening quarter, Wayne High jumped ahead with a 15-5 advantage while the Bears battled back in the second thanks to a 22-16 quarter. At the break, WHS led 31-27. In the third quarter, LCC tied the game early before Wayne finished the quarter 8-7. In the final quarter, the Blue Devils outscored the Bears 20-16 to win 59-50. Wayne High improves to 5-5 as LCC fell to 7-2 dropping back-to-back games.
Wayne High placed three in double figure scoring led by Tanner Walling with 18 points, scoring nine in the fourth quarter. Tyrus Eischeid scored 12 points as Shea Sweetland finished with 11 points. Other Blue Devil scoring came from Brandon Bartos scoring six points, Trevor DeBoer with five points, Cody Rogers tallied three points as Josh Lutt and Noah Lutt both finished with two points.
WHS shot 11-20 from the foul line including 5-13 in the fourth.
Noah Schutte paced LCC in scoring with 16 points, followed by Ty Erwin scoring 12 points and Cael Hartung adding 10 points. Evan Haisch tallied seven points, Evan Schmitt fouled out with four points and Austin Hall scored one point.
The Bears finished 12-21 from the charity stripe, 6-10 in final quarter.
Wayne High will host Laurel-Concord-Coleridge on January 14 from Wayne High School.
Boys seventh place final (Wayne High): Pender defeated West Point-Beemer, 63-55.