STATE BASKETBALL — Bears roll to D-1 championship
LINCOLN — It took Laurel-Concord-Coleridge just four seconds to get the lead — and they never let it go after that.
The Bears rolled to a 37-point halftime advantage and won the team’s first title as a three-city conglomeration with a 76-31 blowout of Southern Valley Saturday to claim the Class D-1 championship at the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships.
The Bears won the opening tip and Ty Erwin quickly drained a 3-pointer from the left wing to get the Bears rolling right off the bat, and the senior drained two more by the end of the period to give the Bears a 26-8 first-quarter advantage. Southern Valley got within 18 at 28-10 early in the second period, but LCC outscored the Eagles 18-1 after that — led by Noah Schutte’s 18 first-half points — to make it a 48-11 lead going into the half.
Southern Valley tried to make a game of it and cut the led to 55-25 on back-to-back baskets by Carter Bose, but the Bears wouldn’t let them get any closer after that. Evan Haisch hit a trey in the final minute of the third to make it 63-26, and the game went into 40-point mercy mode with 6:00 left on a Haisch jumper, marking the first time since the mercy rule went into effect in the 2013-14 season that it was used in a state championship game.
Schutte scored a game-high 25 points, Haisch adde 18 and Erwin scored 15 for the 26-5 Bears. Austin Hall had seven points, Cael Hartung put in six, Wilton Roberts had three and Landon Boysen scored two.
Bose was the only Eagle in double figures, finishing with 13 points.
LCC 76, Southern Valley 31
LCC 26 22 15 16 — 76
So. Vall. 8 3 16 4 — 31
LCC — Hartung 6, Schutte 25, Haisch 18, Erwin 15, Hall 7, Roberts 3, Boysen 2.
So. VALL. — Berry 9, Bose 13, Yant 5, Quinn 3, Baily 1.
Complete coverage in next week’s edition of The Wayne Herald.