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Wahoo vs. Elkhorn South

12/29/15 At Neumann, First Round of Holiday Tour.

Wahoo 14 - 19 - 17 - 29 -- 79
Elkhorn South 15 - 21 - 15 - 25 -- 76

The Wahoo Warriors defeated the Class B defending champions Elkhorn South 79-76 in the first round of the Bishop Neumann Holiday Tournament.

Elkhorn South jumped out to a 14-7 lead midway through the first quarter, the Warriors closed the first half with a 7-1 run to cut the lead to 15-14 after one quarter.

Brendan Lacey hit 4 consecutive treys to open the second quarter to take Wahoo from down 1 to up 29-21. South would then go on a 15-4 run to close the half with a 36-33 lead.

South continued their run early in the third quarter. They outscored the Warriors 13-2 to start the third quarter to take a 49-35 lead. Wahoo would then go on a 15-2 run to close the third quarter to cut the lead to 51-50 after three quarters. Jake Ruzicka had 8 third quarter points, and Cameron Quick contributed 6.

Wahoo went on a 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter and built a 60-53 lead. A Jake Ruzicka lay up gave the Warriors a 9 point lead at 65-56 with 4 minutes left. South cut the Warrior lead to 67-64 with 2:30 left. A Dylan Egr lay up made it 69-64. Three more Egr free throws pushed the lead back to 72-64. Four more Egr free throws, and three from Brendan Lacey cemented the 79-76 win.

Jake Ruzicka had 22 points to lead the Warriors. Brendan Lacey added 20 points on 5-9 shooting from the 3 point line. Cameron Quick came off the bench in his first varsity action to add 14 points and 7 boards. Dylan Egr had 11 points on 9-11 shooting from the line. The Warriors were 8-16 from behind the arc and 25-32 from the free throw line.

The Warriors will face Bishop Neumann in the tournament finals today at 6:45.

“This was a huge win for us. This is a young, inexperienced team that has been inconsistent. Hopefully, this is a springboard for what this team can become. It is a huge confidence booster for us. Brendan Lacey 3’s in the second quarter were huge for us. Jake Ruzicka had a big second half, and Dylan Egr’s free throws down the stretch were crucial. Everybody gave us positive contributions tonight.” -- Coach Scheef