LINCOLN — Brendan Lacey did his best impersonation of Golden State all-star Stephen Curry on Thursday morning in the Class C-1 state basketball tournament.
Lacey hit six 3-point field goals in the opening quarter to spark Wahoo to an early lead. The Warriors went on to defeat Ogallala 87-44 in a first-round game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
“He’s a terrific shooter, a terrific offensive player,” Wahoo coach Kevin Scheef said of Lacey. “When he gets in that zone, he’s pretty good. He was definitely in it today.”
Lacey finished with seven treys and led the Warriors with 21 points. Cameron Quick added 15 points while Will Shanahan contributed 11. Winston Cook finished with nine as 10 Warriors scored.
Lacey hit a trey to open the scoring. His second 3 stretched the advantage to 17-2 about midway through the first quarter.
The Indians answered with a 7-0 scoring run. Adam Kroeger started it with a free throw and Trey Rezac capped it with a basket to make it 17-9.
Lacey then hit two more 3s. After Cameron Raffaeli of the Indians scored to make it 23-11, Lacey drained two more treys. Back-to-back baskets by Shanahan made it 33-11 before Kroeger ended the period with a 3.
“We came out and executed and played pretty good ‘D’,” Scheef said. “We looked a little quicker in the first couple minutes of the game and I felt like that would be an advantage for us.”
The Warriors scored the first four points of the second quarter to go up 37-14. Wahoo led 56-23 at the break. Lacey had 18 points in the first two quarters while Quick and Shanahan had nine apiece.
The top-ranked Warriors improved to 25-4 with the win. Wahoo will face Lincoln Christian at 9 Friday morning in a semifinals game at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the Indians, who had stunned Cozad 66-54 in the semifinals of the C1-11 subdistrict tournament. They advanced to state by defeating Mitchell 73-56 in the C1-6 district final.
Raffaeli led the Indians, who end the season at 13-15, with 17 points. Kroeger added 16.
The Warriors will now face a Lincoln Christian squad that won its fourth-straight game by defeating Grand Island Central Catholic 69-58 in the first round.
GICC led 29-26 at halftime and opened an eight-point lead in the third quarter before the LC mounted a comeback.
“We needed to make some adjustments on defense,” Christian coach Gary Nunnally told the Lincoln Journal Star. “I thought we did a good job with the 1-3-1.”
Those defensive adjustments helped Christian go on an 18-0 scoring run that ultimately sunk GICC.
Justin Bubak led Christian with 28 points and 13 rebounds. He scored 19 in the second half. Caleb Canfield added 18 points.
Mayra Almayra of GIACC led all scorers with 31 points, including a trio of 3-point baskets.
In the other first-round games, Padyn Borders scored six points in the second overtime to spark Broken Bow to a 66-64 win over Boone Central/Newman Grove.
Borders finished with 22 points to lead the Indians, 23-3. Tanner Linn added 15 points while Joshua Harvey had 14.
Broken Bow will face Winnebago in the second semifinal, scheduled for 10:45 a.m., on Friday.
Winnebago advanced with a 59-50 victory over Syracuse at the Devaney Sports Center.
The Indians used a 16-6 scoring run — a surge that covered the end of the first half and the opening minutes of the third quarter — to seize control.
D’Von LaPointe scored six points and Maurice Scott added five during the run.
The Indians grabbed a 37-27 lead midway through the third period and Syracuse never got closer than five points the rest of the game.
LaPointe led Winnebago with 17 points and Scott added 16. Trevor Brinkman led three Syracuse players in double figures with 16 points. Ben Nannen added 11 and Will McCoy had 10.
Ogallala 14 9 11 10 — 44
Wahoo 33 23 23 8 — 87
Ogallala — Trey Rezac 4, Brennan Halligan 2, Clayton Murphy 1, Lucas Poloucek 4, Adam Kroeger 16, Cameron Raffaeli 17.
Wahoo — Billy Hancock 8, Will Shanahan 11, Blake Lacey 8, Brendan Lacey 21, Trey Scheef 2, Cameron Quick 15, Dylan Egr 5, Cade Belitz 4, Karson Hesser 4, Winston Cook 9.