LINCOLN — Fremont High School gave 10th-ranked Lincoln Southwest all it could handle Saturday before falling 54-50 in the fifth-place game of the Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Tigers trailed 33-26 at halftime, but rallied in the third quarter. Senior Riley Harms’ 3-point basket to close the period forced a 42-42 tie.
The Silver Hawks went ahead for good, however, when Collin Kohl opened the fourth quarter with a trey.
“We were down 12 early in the first half, but we kept working and battling,” Fremont assistant coach Sean Murphy said. “Kohl is a great shooter and we left him open too many times. But I thought our effort for four quarters was outstanding.”
Fremont head coach Mark Williams missed the game due to the funeral of his stepfather.
Southwest senior guard JaQuaylon Mays converted a traditional three-point play with 1:35 left to put the Silver Hawks up 52-46. Harms hit two free throws to cut the deficit to four, but Mays hit two more to protect the lead.
Zach Woehrer led the Tigers with 16 points, including 14 in the first half. Harms scored 11 of his 13 in the second half.
“We count on those two guys to do a lot for us,” Murphy said. “They are great leaders. Zach hit some big shots and Riley came through in the second half.”
Austin Callahan finished with eight points to push his total for the three games in the tournament to 41.
“Austin is really coming along,” Murphy said. “We are asking him to become an all-around player. He had a great tournament and the best thing about it is the way he defended and rebounded.”
Dillon Dix added seven points and a team-best five assists. Harms grabbed nine rebounds.
Mays had 17 for the Silver Hawks, who improve to 6-4.
The Tigers, 3-7, will host Columbus on Friday night.
Fremont 11 15 16 8 — 50
Southwest 17 16 9 12 — 54
Fremont — Zach Woehrer 16, Riley Harms 13, Austin Callahan 8, Payton Johnson 6, Dillon Dix 7.
Southwest — Kohl 18, Mays 17, Frederick 8, Ahlschwede 2, Grixby 3, Buom 2, Merwick 4.