The talent-packed Star City Classic began Friday at Kinetic Sports Complex in Lincoln. Showcase games dotted the schedule on Friday night.
The most impressive feat by one team on Friday night was OSA 16U 3SSB winning both of their showcase games. The first was a 74-70 win over KC Run GMC – UAA 16U and the second was a 74-49 win over Bradley Beal Elite – EYBL 16U.
The highlight of the night was from OSA 16U 3SSB’s Connor Millikan. The Platteview sophomore had a meet-me-at-the-rim one-handed flush against Bradley Beal Elite. Later in that same game Pryce Sandfort (Waukee, Ia.) had a highlight of his own with a between-the-legs dribble that put his defender on the ground and that resulted in an open jump shot for Sandfort.
First Body✅ pic.twitter.com/3O50LxIBsC
— Connor Millikan (@ConnorMillikan) May 1, 2021
Nebraska Supreme – UAA 17U team saw their first action in the state and dominated SSA Elite Black 85-50.
The best game of the night was the first one. OSA 15U 3SSB defeated Nebraska Supreme – UAA 15U 46-45.
Grand Island’s Isaac Traudt showed his full array of offensive skill in the one game Nebraska Supreme – UAA 17U played on Friday night. The 6-9 forward scored 16 points while shooting 7-8 (1-2 3FG) from the field as Supreme cruised to a victory. It seems as though every time Traudt touches the floor he just gets better and better which is why he has the number of power-conference offers he does.
Nebraska Supreme – UAA 17U’s Jay Dawson (Omaha Central) had his way with SSA Elite Black scoring 12 points and dishing out three assists. Not only was he good offensively showing his slashing and scoring ability, the 6-3 guard had maximum effort defensively with a few deflections that resulted in turnovers while guarding the wing.
Not only did he have the highlight of the night Connor Millikan did a little bit of everything, particularly defensively. He battled for rebounds, guarded the ball effectively creating turnovers and his effort level was high on both ends of the floor in OSA 16U 3SSB’s two games.
Omaha Westside guard Caleb Benning wasn’t OSA 15U 3SSB’s leading scorer but defensively he has a mismatch. He went up and blocked a shot at the rim, rebounded extremely well in traffic and had multiple key hustle plays that resulted in turnovers or tie-ups.
Pryce Sandfort can flat out shoot it. In OSA 3SSB 16U’s 74-70 win over KC Run GMC – UAA 16U Sandfort connected on five 3-pointers with four coming in the second half. His smooth shooting stroke is something to admire. Every time he lets it fly you expect it to go in.
OSA 15U 3SSB 46, Nebraska Supreme 15UAA 45
Scoring was at a premium as the two teams combined for 35-108 from the field.
After a slow start to the first half by both teams (19-13 OSA lead). The action picked up a bit in the second half. OSA by as many as 19 at the mid-way point of the second half. Supreme came all the way back with a chance to win the game at the buzzer.
OSA was led by Wahoo’s Marcus Glock with all nine of his team-high points coming in the second half. Supreme was led by Gretna guard Landon Porkorski’s game-high 11, all of which came in the second half.
17U Bradley Beal Elite 88, OSA 17U 3SSB 62
There wasn’t much getting in the way of a very talented group from Bradley Beal Elite and a blowout win Friday against a undermanned OSA squad that was without two of its starters.
PJ Davis (Omaha Central) led OSA with 18 points while Danair Dempsey (Papillion-La Vista South) added 13. Gil Jengmer (Grand Island Central Catholic) had nine and Jailyn Spears (Omaha Bryan) eight.
Nebraska Supreme 17UAA 85, SSA Elite Black 50
It was an extremely balanced night for the Nebraska Supreme 17UAA team as six players scored in double figures along the way to an 85-50 rout of SSA Elite Black.
Supreme was led by its 6-foot-9 forward Isaac Traudt (Grand Island), who scored 16 points and rocked the rim multiple times with dunks.
Jayden Dawson (Omaha Central) chipped in with 12 points while Kwat Adbelkarim (Lincoln North Star), Chandler Meeks (Omaha Westside), Tony Osburn (Mound City, Mo.) and Sam Hastreiter (Lincoln Pius X) all added 10.
OSA 16U 3SSB 74, KC Run GMC – UAA 16U 70
OSA held a 35-31 lead at the half led by Connor Millikan’s seven first half points. The lead stretched to 11 with just under 10 minutes left in the game and OSA held on for the 74-70 win.
Pryce Sandfort finished with a game-high 17 while Millikan and Bellevue West guard Josiah Dotzler each had 14.
KC Run GMC – UAA 17U 76, OSA 17U 3SSB 50
KC Run GMC held a 14-point edge at halftime and never looked back as it earned a 76-50 win over OSA.
OSA was led by DaVares Whitaker (Sioux City East, Iowa), who scored a team-high 13 points for OSA while Dempsey and Reggie Thomas (Westside) each added eight.
OSA 16U 3SSB 74, Bradley Beal Elite – EYBL 16U 49
The game was never really in doubt. OSA’s balanced scoring and defensive effort creating turnovers led the way.
OSA had four score in double-figures led by Connor Millikan’s 16 points. Pryce Sandfort finished with 15, Tate Odvody (Omaha Westside) 14 and Josiah Dotzler 11.
KC Run GMC – UAA 16U 63, OSA 15U 3SSB 61
A close game throughout, OSA had two chances to tie the game at the buzzer that didn’t fall.
Auburn guard Maverick Binder led OSA with 11 while Aiden Zikmund (Central City) was the only other player in double-figures with 10.
OSA 15U 3SSB falls 63-61 to KC Run GMC – UAA 15U.
Had a look or two to tie it. pic.twitter.com/mGG86l6bgX
— Mike Sautter (@MikeSautter_) May 1, 2021