LINCOLN — Arcadia/Loup City recovered from one Yutan scoring run Thursday, but the Rebels were unable to bounce back from the second.
The Chieftains opened the fourth quarter with a 12-1 scoring surge and went on to defeat the Rebels 65-54 at Lincoln Southeast.
The win advances the Chieftains to the semifinals against Hastings St. Cecilia at 2 Friday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Chieftains scored the final 13 points of the first half to take a 33-26 lead at the break, but the lead didn’t last long.
Nolan Baker’s basket put A/LC up 41-39 about midway through the third quarter, but the Chieftains answered with a 9-4 run that was capped by a Colton Feist free throw. The Super State football player’s foul shot gave Yutan a 48-45 advantage.
Alan Leahy opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point basket. After Macrae Maschka of the Rebels hit a free throw, Mason Timm, Leahy and Brady Timm combined for the next nine points to put the Chieftains up 60-46.
The Rebels got as close as 60-54 on a Caden Kusek free throw, but a Feist field goal and three Brady Timm foul shots sealed the win.
Brady Timm and Leahy scored 17 points apiece for the Chieftains, 25-1, who haven’t lost since their season-opener against Elmwood-Murdock. Now they will face a St. Cecilia squad is 23-3 and carries a 16-game winning streak into the semifinals.
“I don’t see anybody breaking loose in that game,” said Yutan coach Justin Peterson, whose team is only allowing 34 points per game. “That’s two really good defenses. ... Good luck scoring a lot of points in that game.”
Yutan, in its first state appearance since 1994, hit 25 of 47 shots from the field against the Rebels. Peterson hopes to see more of the same against the Bluehawks.
“We have to make every possession valuable if we’re going to stick with St. Cecilia,” he said.
Tige Colleroz led Arcadia/Loup City, 22-5, with 22 points. Baker contributed 18.