LINCOLN – For the first time in program history, the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge boys basketball team qualified for state and they’re moving onto Friday’s semifinal.
From Lincoln East High School, NSAA officials and school administrators were at the gates allowing only immediate family members in as well as credentialed media and game officials Thursday morning.
The opening session, game two of the Class D1 2020 NSAA boys state basketball tournament featured #4 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge take on #5 Paxton. Earlier in the morning #1 North Platte St. Patrick’s defeated #8 Pleasanton 57-48 in overtime.
The fast-pace offence and defense for LCC caused problems for Paxton as the Bears took control early winning 75-47. The win marks the first-ever state tourney win for LCC and their sixth straight improving to 24-5 while the Tigers ended their season at 21-4.
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge set the tone early with a 22-4 opening quarter before holding a 19-11 second quarter edge. The Bears led 41-19 at the break. LCC then extended their lead with a 19-11 third before Paxton won the fourth 17-15. Again, LCC picked up the 75-47 victory.
Noah Schutte posted a team-high 20 points while Evan Haisch poured in 17 points from five made triples. Ty Erwin surpasses 1,000 points in career with 14 points. Other LCC scoring came from Evan Schmitt and Cael Hartung with six points each, Austin Hall added five points, Lucas Rasmussen finished with three points as Wilton Roberts and Jake Rath tacked on two points each.
The Bears shot 5-7 from the foul line, Hall went 3-5.
Dayo Kennedy recorded a team-high 16 points for Paxton followed by Blake Brewster and Dane Storer both added nine points.
Paxton finished 4-9 from the charity stripe.
Friday’s semifinal games will open at 9 a.m. between #1 North Platte St. Patrick’s vs. #4 LCC from the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The other half of the D1 bracket is set for 2/3:45 p.m. Thursday between #2 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family vs. #7 Fullerton and #3 Osmond vs. #6 Southern Valley.
Also, the morning session saw #1 Humphrey St. Francis eliminate #8 Randolph, 57-46 in Class D2 from Lincoln Southeast HS.
Pregame show coverage of LCC vs. North Platte St. Patrick’s is scheduled for around 8:30 a.m. Friday on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com.
Afternoon game broadcasts:
Class C1: #6 Wayne vs. #3 Lincoln Christian at 3:30 p.m. on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com from the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Class C2: #5 Ponca vs. #4 Yutan at 3:30 p.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com from the Lincoln Southeast HS.