LINCOLN – After spending the past five seasons not competing in the boys state basketball tournament, the Wayne High Blue Devils were back in the postseason spotlight looking to extend their win streak.
From the Bob Devaney Sports Center Thursday late afternoon, #6 Wayne High took on #3 Lincoln Christian in the Class C1 quarterfinals of the 2020 NSAA boys state basketball tournament.
After building a double figure first half lead, Lincoln Christian held off WHS, 44-38 to advance to the Class C1 semifinals. The Crusaders improve to 22-4 while Wayne High saw their 12-game winning streak come to an end at 21-7.
Lincoln Christian used a 13-2 first quarter before both teams scored 10 points in the second. At the break, Lincoln Christian led Wayne High 23-12. WHS pulled back within four points thanks to a 16-9 third as the Crusaders outscored the Blue Devils, 12-10 in the final quarter.
Wayne High was led by Tyrus Eischeid with 15 points. Tanner Walling followed with nine points, Josh Lutt tacked on another eight points Cody Rogers scored four points and Shea Sweetland was held to two points.
WHS shot 6-11 from the foul line.
Lincoln Christian leaders were Justin Bubak with 16 points and Gavin McGerr with 12 points.
The Crusaders finished 10-19 from the charity stripe.
Earlier in the day, #1 Adams Central defeated #8 St. Paul, 65-42; #4 Ogallala edged #5 Kearney Catholic, 65-62 and #2 Auburn defeated #7 Ashland-Greenwood, 54-48.
Friday’s C1 semifinal will open at 9 a.m. featuring #1 Adams Central vs. #4 Ogallala followed by #2 Auburn vs. #3 Lincoln Christian at 10:45 a.m.