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Hunter Sallis catches an alley-op versus Oak Hill Academy in the 2021 Heartland Hoops Classic.
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Millard North, Bellevue West Impress at Heartland Hoops Classic

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The 14th annual Heartland Hoops Classic tipped off in Grand Island on Saturday.

Mullen 51, Loomis 46: With under 30 seconds to play, Mullen senior Brendon Walker had one of his team-high three steals to clinch the win for the Broncos. Sophomore Clayton Moore (6-3) led the Broncos with 13 points, Walker finished with 12 points, five assists and three steals. Loomis was led by junior Quinn Johnson with 21 points and nine rebounds. Junior Shay Swanson had 13 points and four rebounds for the Wolves.

St. Paul 47, Elkhorn North 44: Elkhorn North junior Brandon Orgilbold’s three-pointer attempt to tie the game shot fell just short at the buzzer. The Wolves took their first lead of the game (34-33) when Luke Tillman connected on a put-back just as time expired in the quarter.

St. Paul senior Tommy Wroblewski finished the game with a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. Wildcat junior Andy Poss had a team-high 18 points. Orgilbold led the Wolves with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Logan View Scribner/Snyder 60, Grand Island Northwest 56: LVSS Connor Larson’s 21 points and 13 rebounds led the Raiders in the victory. Raider 6-foot-9 senior Garrett Kriete finished the game with 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Jed Walford had a game-high 27-points on 8-0f-17 shooting for Northwest.

Grand Island 47, Elkhorn Mount Michael 40: Elkhorn Mount Michael opened the second quarter with a 17-3 run to give the Knights a 23-18 lead at the half. A ten point lead in the third quarter by Mount Michael was erased after Traudt was fouled on a three-pointer giving the Islanders a 31-30 lead after three. Traudt scored eight of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed nine rebounds. Traudt surpassed the Islanders single-season scoring record of 500. The 6-foot-9 junior now has 521 points on the season.

Mount Michael was led by senior post Kaleb Brink’s 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Auburn 52, BRLD 46: Auburn extended their win streak to 55 games with the win. The Bulldogs last loss? Two years ago in the Heartland Hoops Classic to BRLD.

Daniel Frary led the Bulldogs with a double-double. The 6-foot-6 senior had 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots while shooting 7-of-10 from the field. Senior forward Cade Patzel was second on the team in scoring with 15 points. BRLD senior Lucas Vogt had a game-high 20 points for the Wolverines.

Lincoln Pius X 65, Grand Island Central Catholic 45: Pius senior Sam Easley had a career-high 19 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Thunderbirds. Sam Hoiberg (13) and Blake Daberkow’s 12 were also in double figures for the Thunderbolts. GICC was led by junior Gil Jengmer’s 17 points. His brother Dei, led the team in rebounding with seven while chipping in 13 points and two blocks.

Sunrise Christian 75, Bellevue West 68: Sunrise used it’s size advantage late in the third quarter to give the to stretch what was a tied game at 31 at the half. Kansas signee Zach Clemence scored six of his teams first eight in the third quarter all within five feet of the basket. The Buffaloes led by as much eight early in the fourth quarter. The T-Birds cut the lead to six late but couldn’t close the gap.

Clemence led all scorers with 20 points while Sunrise senior Jaden Akins scored 11 straight at one point in the third quarter and finished with 17 on 7-of-11 from the field. Bellevue West forward Frankie Fidler led the T-Birds with 20, junior William Kyle 14 and sophomore Josiah Dotzler 13. Wisconsin signee Chucky Hepburn finished the game with 12 points, seven assists and six steals.

Millard North 80, Oak Hill Academy 78: Millard North senior Saint Thomas started the game hot. The 6-foot-7 unsigned senior made four first 3-pointers to give Millard North a 26-20 lead after the first quarter.

Oak Hill would came back to take the lead 60-58 after three quarters. Oak Hill junior MJ Rice and Millard North’s uncommitted five-star Hunter Sallis traded baskets multiple times in the fourth quarter. Rice had a team-high 26 points and eight rebounds. Thomas finished 5-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the win for the Mustangs.

Sallis finished 13-21 from the field for 32 points while Thomas had 29 on 8-of-18 shooting including eight assists.

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