Championship Saturday in Lincoln and Omaha didn’t disappoint. Three of the four games were close and will likely be talked about for years to come.
The boys Metro title game was about as good as it gets for a high school basketball game. A double overtime thriller saw Millard North win 94-91 over Bellevue West.
Mustang senior Saint Thomas scored a school record 48 points. Not only was it 48 points, Thomas was extremely efficient connecting on 19 of 26 field goals including 5 of 9 3-point field goals. To go with his 48 points the 6-foot-7 forward grabbed 12 rebounds.
Millard North senior Hunter Sallis scored 20, hauled in seven rebounds and had four assists. Senior Old Dominion signee Jadin Johnson and junior forward Jasen Green each scored eight for the Mustangs. Johnson was second on the team in rebounding with 10 and chipped in four assists while Green pulled down six boards.
Wisconsin signee Chucky Hepburn scored 19 and dished out 13 assists for the T-Birds. UNO signee Frankie Fidler led the T-Birds with 22 points and six rebounds. Junior post William Kyle (6-7) was 6 of 9 from the field for 16 points and five rebounds. Senior Greg Brown scored 13 on 5 of 8 shooting and junior forward Evan Inselman had 11 points on 4 of 7 from the field.
In the Heartland Athletic Conference boys title game Lincoln Pius X controlled the game from the tip. A 29-16 halftime lead ballooned to a 62-44 Thunderbolt win. Senior guard Charlie Hoiberg led the Bolts with 18 points and seven rebounds. Senior post Blake Daberkow finished the game with 13 points and four rebounds while junior forward Sam Hastreiter had 12 points and four rebounds.
An all-time best performance from Nebraska signee Alexis Markowski led Lincoln Pius X to a 79-67 victory over Fremont in the Heartland Athletic Conference girls championship. Markowski had a school record 42 points and 22 rebounds. Trailing by seven in with six minutes left, Pius scored 21 of the final 23 points for their second win over the Tigers in the last 11 days. Pius senior guard Miriam Miller finished with 23.
Fremont junior Macy Bryant paced the Tigers with 20 points (6/7, 3FG) and five rebounds. Junior guard Taylor McCabe, an Iowa commit, scored 17 of her 19 points (4/5, 3FG) in the first half. Senior Charli Earth made 5 of 8 field goals and scored 17 for the Tigers.
The highest scoring Metro girls final in history saw Millard South erase and 18-point deficit to win 79-76 over Omaha Central. Trailing 42-28 at the half sophomore Khloe Lemon scored 14 of her game high 23 points in the third quarter to cut the Central lead to 1, 53-52. Junior guard Megan Belt saved her best for last, connecting on three 3-pointers and scoring 12 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Central was led by junior Aaniya Webb. The 5-foot-10 forward scored 12 of her team high 19 in the first quarter. Freshman guard Inia Jones was second on the team with 16 while senior post Nya Paul had 11.