2/2/19 At Wahoo
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders 58-57 in a thriller on Saturday afternoon in Wahoo.
The Crusaders led 15-12 after one quarter of play. GICC extended the lead to 18-12 early in the second quarter. The Warriors then went on a 10-0 run to take a 22-18 lead. Thomas Waido had 5 of the 10 points in the run, Winston Cook had 3, and Karson Hesser added two free throws to put the Warriors up by 4. A GICC trey at the buzzer tied the game up at 26 heading to the halftime break.
GICC jumped out to leads of 34-29, and 37-32 midway through the third quarter. Two free throws and a short jumper from Trey Scheef, followed by a Thomas Waido free throw, tied the score at 37. A Blake Lacey drive and bucket to close the third quarter, put the Warriors up 43-40 after three.
A Winston Cook bucket put Wahoo up 45-40 to start the fourth. The Crusaders then scored the next 5 points to tie the game at 45. Winston Cook, then took over, scoring on the next three possessions, capped by a trey to put Wahoo up 52-45. A Trey Scheef lay up, made it 54-45, giving the Warriors their largest lead of the game at 9. Following a GICC basket, Blake Lacey added two free throws to keep the lead at 9, at 56-47, with 3:30 left. From there, GICC came charging back. A trey and a driving bucket cut the lead to 56-52. A Blake Lacey free throw, made the lead 5 at 57-52. A Crusader trey cut the lead to 57-55. A Thomas Waido free throw put Wahoo up 58-55. Another Crusader bucket, made it 58-57. The Warriors turned it over with 30 seconds left, giving GICC a chance for the win. The Crusaders got up two three point shots in the last 7 seconds, that would have won the game, but both shots, were off the mark, giving the Warriors the exciting win.
“We did a lot of good things. I thought we competed hard. We knew it would be a grind it out, sort of game. We put ourselves in great position with four minutes to play, and a 9 point lead, but we had some defensive breakdowns, and some bad turnovers, that allowed GICC a chance to win the game at the end. We have been on the short end of a couple of those this year, so we will take the win.” Said Coach Kevin Scheef.
Winston Cook had a monster night, finishing with 30 points on just 14 shots from the field. Cook was 11-14 from the field, and 6-10 from the line, to go with 12 boards. Blake Lacey and Whomas Waido each added 9 points. Karson Hesser led Wahoo with 6 boards, while Waido added 5.
Wahoo outrebounded GICC 29-23.
Wahoo improves to 17-3, and will travel to Columbus Scotus on Tuesday night. GICC drops to 12-7.