WAHOO – The second-ranked Wahoo Warriors and the sixth-ranked Seward Bluejays battled it out in the Wahoo Holiday Tournament Championship game on Saturday night at Wahoo High School.
The Warriors and Bluejays needed all 32 minutes to determine a winner in a game that proved to be an even match up.
Seward made a couple more plays down the stretch and was able to hang on for a 56-54 victory.
Wahoo led 10-4 early, but the Jays were able to rally for a 16-14 advantage going into the second period.
A 3-pointer from senior Blake Lacey gave Wahoo a 33-28 lead late in the second quarter, however, the Jays scored five straight to even the ledger at the half.
Baskets from junior Trey Scheef and senior Winston Cook allowed Wahoo to build a 37-33 lead early in the third, but the Bluejays would answer with a 12-0 to go up 45-37. Seward led 47-42 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter went back-and-forth with neither team able to pull away.
A Cook basket cut the lead to 55-54 with 30 seconds left.
Seward hit one of two free throws with six seconds left to make it 56-54.
The Warriors had one last chance, but Lacey had the ball knocked away on a drive to the lane as time expired, to give Seward the win.
“It was a tough one to lose. It felt a lot like the Aurora game. Seward is an excellent team. We are two possessions away from being 8-1, but instead we are 6-3. I am proud of the way the kids battled, but we need to learn from this loss. There are a lot of things we can do better, and need to do better, to get to where we want to go this year,” said Wahoo Coach Kevin Scheef.
Cook poured in a game-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Lacey added 13 more.
Prior to playing against the Bluejays in Saturday’s championship final, the Warriors survived an opening round scare from the Lexington Minutemen on Friday night. Wahoo built a big early lead and then hung on for an 80-72 victory.
Wahoo played a great first quarter and led 26-10 behind nine first quarter points from Scheef and seven more from Lacey.
The Wahoo lead got to 34-10 after the home team scored eight straight points to open the second quarter.
The Minutemen chipped away the rest of the second quarter and went into the locker room down 41-24.
Lexington came out strong in the third quarter and cut the Wahoo lead to five, at 52-47.
Three-pointers from Cook and Scheef afforded the home team some breathing room and Wahoo took a 58-49 lead into the final eight minutes.
Lexington cut the lead to five points with two minutes left, but a basket from junior Thomas Waido and a 3-point play from Lacey made it 76-66