PLATTEVIEW – The Plattsmouth boys won the first lap of their four-quarter subdistrict basketball race against Waverly Monday night.
The Vikings used their physical presence in the paint to cross the finish line on top.
Waverly stopped Plattsmouth 65-43 in the semifinals of the Subdistrict B-1 Tournament at Platteview High School. The second-seeded Vikings overcame an early eight-point deficit to advance to the championship game. Six-foot-seven center Tanner Wubbels highlighted Waverly’s night with 24 points and six rebounds.
Plattsmouth head coach Kevin Tilson said the third-seeded Blue Devils were motivated to play well. Plattsmouth players had jumped out to an 11-2 lead over Waverly in their regular-season contest and felt they could photocopy that effort. PHS achieved that goal by knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and several interior shots in the opening stretch.
“The guys were pretty excited to come out tonight and play hard against Waverly knowing that we did the same thing last time we played them,” Tilson said.
Hunter Adkins started Plattsmouth’s night with a 3-pointer and made it 6-2 on a jumper and ensuing free throw. Charlie Knust scored four straight points and Stockton Graham found Kaleb Church for a 3-pointer. Knust then grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a free throw after a foul to make it 14-6.
Waverly (10-11) gained a burst of momentum in the final moments of the quarter. Benjamin Carter collected a pass in the righthand corner and buried a 3-pointer as the horn sounded. That was the first of three buzzer-beaters for Waverly in the game. Carter duplicated the feat from the lefthand side of the arc at the end of the second quarter, and he closed the third period with a fallaway 3-pointer from the lefthand corner.
“We thought we defended buzzer-beater shots fairly well every time,” Tilson said. “They just happened to get a good pick on our guy and get a decent look. It did hurt our energy a little bit, but we knew every quarter we still had a chance.”
Waverly turned the scoreboard in its favor in the second quarter. The team posted points on 10 of 14 possessions in the period to create a 30-19 halftime lead. The Vikings closed the quarter on a 15-0 run.
Plattsmouth fought back in the third period. Luke Setlak opened the quarter with a 3-pointer and Tucker Anderson drained four straight free throws to make it 35-26. A second trey from Setlak and a short jumper from Knust cut Waverly’s lead to 37-31.
Waverly seized control of the contest after that. The Vikings scored on their last three trips of the third quarter and began the fourth period with a 13-1 run.
Setlak helped the Blue Devils with nine points, three assists, two steals and one rebound in the game. Adkins collected nine points, three blocks, two rebounds, two steals and two assists, and Knust posted eight points and five rebounds.
Andrew Rathman drew one charge and generated four rebounds and one steal. Church produced seven points, two assists and one rebound, Anderson tallied six points and one rebound and Brandt Colbert had four points and one rebound.
Graham ended the evening with two assists and two rebounds. Kobe Cruse and Carson Blecke each made one assist, Brandon Dilly had one rebound and Draven Ray and Chandler Cole each provided defensive work.
Plattsmouth ended the year 4-18. Blecke, Church, Cruse, Dilly, Knust, Ray and Setlak were the team’s seven seniors.
Waverly 9 21 14 21 – 65
Plattsmouth 14 5 15 9 – 43
Murray 0-2 3-6 3, Carter 5-8 3-3 16, Stoddard 1-2 0-0 2, Wubbels 7-9 10-11 24, Hruska 2-8 0-0 4, Jordon 0-1 2-2 2, Neiman 3-4 0-0 6, Adams 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 1-5 0-0 2, Weatherwax 2-2 0-0 4, Elliott 0-2 0-0 0, Lee 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-46 18-22 65.
Setlak 3-8 0-0 9, Anderson 0-5 6-9 6, Adkins 3-4 1-1 9, Rathman 0-0 0-0 0, Knust 2-7 4-6 8, Church 1-2 4-5 7, Graham 0-1 0-1 0, Cruse 0-1 0-0 0, Ray 0-0 0-0 0, Blecke 0-2 0-0 0, Dilly 0-2 0-0 0, Colbert 1-1 1-2 4, Cole 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 10-33 16-24 43.