Blue Devils Suffer Semi-Final Loss, Face Omaha Concordia Saturday Morning

LINCOLN – Class C1 semi-final action opened day four of the 2021 NSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament.

From the Pinnacle Bank Arena, #7 Wayne High took on #3 Adams Central Friday morning.

Adams Central doubled up Wayne, 14-7 in the second quarter and held on for the 52-40 victory. The Patriots are now 26-2 while the Blue Devils fell to 23-6. WHS will look to tie the school record for wins (24) Saturday morning.

Not only did Friday morning mark a rematch from the 2020 football playoffs, the two programs also met in the 2012-13 season. Adams Central won at Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College, 28-24 in the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout finals while the Blue Devils won 48-39 in the state tournament quarterfinal round later that season.


Adams Central took a 12-5 lead after the opening quarter before extending their lead in the second, 14-7. The Patriots led 26-12 at the break. Both teams scored 13 points in the third while WHS won the fourth, 15-13. Final again favored Adams Central, 52-40.

Wayne High was led in scoring by junior Brandon Bartos with 11 points followed by sophomore Daniel Judd with eight points. Senior Colton Vovos and junior Tanner Walling both scored seven points, sophomore Alex Phelps added three points as seniors Treyton Blecke and Jacob Kneifl with two points.

WHS shot 9-16 from the foul line.


Patriot leaders were senior Lucas Bohlen with 14 points (four triples) while senior Dante Boelhower finished with 12 points.

Adams Central finished 8-13 from the charity stripe.


1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:

5     7       12   13    15    40 – Wayne

12  14     26   13    13    52 – Adams Central


2021 NSAA Boys State Basketball bracket.

Class C1 Friday semifinal results/Saturday consolation/championship: Pinnacle Bank Arena/Lincoln North Star/PBA 

#1 Auburn defeated #4 Omaha Concordia, 39-37 in double overtime

#3 Adams Central defeated #7 Wayne, 52-40

3rd place game:  #4 Omaha Concordia vs. Wayne at 9 a.m. from Lincoln North Star * KTCH, 8:45 a.m. pregame

Championship: #1 Auburn vs. #3 Adams Central at 10:45 a.m. from the PBA


Class C2 Friday consolation/Saturday championship: Lincoln North Star/PBA

3rd place game: #6 BRLD defeated #5 Hartington Cedar Catholic, 59-48

#1 Grand Island Central Catholic vs. #2 Yutan at 8:45 p.m. Saturday



Class D1 Friday consolation/Saturday championship: Lincoln North Star/PBA

3rd place game: #3 North Platte St. Patrick’s defeated #1 Burwell, 69-56

#4 Howells-Dodge vs. #2 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family at 9 a.m. Saturday


Class D2 Friday consolation/Saturday championship: Lincoln North Star/PBA

3rd place game: #3 Humphrey St. Francis defeated #1 St. Mary’s, 56-39

Championship: #4 Parkview Christian vs. #7 Falls City Sacred Heart at 2:45 p.m. Saturday


Class A Friday semifinal schedule: PBA 

#1 Millard North defeated #5 Millard West, 69-62

#2 Bellevue West got by #3 Creighton Prep, 95-94 in triple overtime


Class B Friday semifinal schedule: PBA

#5 Elkhorn defeated #1 Norris, 49-33

#6 Beatrice defeated #7 Waverly, 41-29