STATE BASKETBALL — Wayne boys come up short in C-1 state tournament

LINCOLN — A slow start proved to be too much for the Wayne High boys to overcome, as Lincoln Christian ended the Blue Devils’ season Thursday with a 43-38 defeat in the Class C-1 State Boys Basketball Championships.

The Blue Devils had some good looks in the early going, but couldn’t find the bottom of the basket as the Crusaders built an early 11-0 lead in the first quarter at the Devaney Center.

“We got some decent looks, but we weren’t able to make any shots,” coach Rob Sweetland said after the game. “When you dig a hole like that and spend the whole game fighting back, it’s hard to get over the top.”

Josh Lutt got Wayne on the board in the final minute of the first period, and the Blue Devils started to find their rhythm as they trailed 23-12 at the half.

In the second half, Wayne started heating up from the outside, as Lutt and Tanner Walling both hit a pair of 3-pointers to get Wayne back in the game.

Lutt hit two threes and Walling added one to cut the Crusaders’ lead to 23-21, and when Lincoln Christian rebuilt their lead to seven, Wayne got it back down to two with a Tyrus Eischeid basket and a trey by Walling to make it 28-26 late in the third.

Wayne couldn’t get over the hump in the fourth quarter, however, as Lincoln Christian was able hold off the Blue Devils in the final period to come away with the win, ending Wayne’s season at 21-7.

Eischeid paced the Blue Devils with 15 points, Walling added nine, Lutt had eight, Cody Rogers scored four and Shea Sweetland had two.

Lincoln Christian 43, Wayne 38
Wayne       2    10    16    10    —    38
Linc. Chr.    13    10    9    11    —    43
WAYNE — J. Lutt 8, Walling 9, Rogers 4, Eischeid 15, Sweetland 2.
LINC. CHR. — Beukelman 5, Dwoak 3, Carlson 4, Bubak 16, McGerr 12, Marshbanks 4.
Complete coverage in next week’s edition of The Wayne Herald.

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