LINCOLN — After a emotional overtime loss less than 24 hours before, the Fremont High School boys took the hardwood against Lincoln Southeast in the Heartland Athletic Conference consolation semifinals Friday and came away with a 43-36 win.
“Last night was a tough one mentally and physically,” Fremont head coach Mark Williams said, “I thought we just grinded it out today. Our defense was better, and our communication was better.”
Fremont was not able to get rid of the winless Knights early, as both teams traded small leads in the first quarter. Lincoln Southeast led by one with a bucket by Beau Panzer at the end of the first, 15-14.
The back-and-forth battle continued in the second, but this time Austin Callahan stepped up to keep Fremont right in the game.
Callahan hit four 3-pointers on Thursday, and much of the same happened on Friday. He made one three in the first quarter, but nailed three in the second quarter and ended the game with 16 points.
“Austin has been shooting out of his mind, and he has been an all-tournament player for us the past two days,” Williams said.
Riley Harms also found his way around the hoop, on the glass and the perimeter. The senior ended the day with a team-high 17 points, but his biggest may have came right at the end of the first half to give Fremont a 30-29 lead heading into the half.
Harms also finished with nine rebounds and four assists. He was 6 of 9 shooting from the field.
In the second half, both offenses struggled to get anything going. A total of eight points were scored in the third quarter.
“Instead of our shots being at the rim, we were taking some contested jump shots and some threes,” Lincoln Southeast coach Jonah Bradley said, “Unfortunately we were ice cold from everywhere tonight.”
Lincoln Southeast got a layup by Michael Anderson with 3:06 left in the third quarter to break its dry spell. Anderson scored 16 points on the afternoon, 14 of which coming in the first half.
Harms stepped up in the fourth quarter, converting all four free throws he took, and getting four rebounds in the quarter alone.
Jacob Heineman got the biggest, and only, offensive rebound of the game for Fremont, as he rebounded a teammate’s missed foul shot with less than a minute left. He was fouled on the play, too.
Fremont gained a little more breathing room when Callahan made two free throws with 25 seconds left.
Fremont shot 64 percent from the field during the win. Dillon Dix had five assists and three rebounds for the Tigers. Heineman and Payton Johnson also grabbed three rebounds apiece.
“Tomorrow (Saturday), we are going to have to come in and be focused and ready to contribute,” Williams said.
Fremont will play Lincoln Southwest on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. in the fifth-place game at Lincoln East.
Southeast 15 14 4 5 — 36
Fremont 14 16 4 10 — 43
Southeast — Anderson 16, Schneider 5, Gifford 3, Strong 5, Trumbley 5, Panzer 2.
Fremont — Callahan 16, Harms 17, Woehrer 2, Heineman 6, Johnson 2.