We are through two full weeks of the basketball season and we continue to see a lot of good basketball being played. We have Cattle Trail Tourney results and more in this week's edition of the blog.
The Cardinals had a busy week with three games. They took down Elm Creek with the final score reading 43-31. Tucker Biskup led the Cardinals with 13 points in the game. Jakin Neal had 10. Titus Epp was the leading rebounder with eight. Alma also got a big win on Thursday, this time against Blue Hill, 60-26. Zavier Mitchell had 17 points in the game and Jakin Neal added 15. Neal had four assists too.
Alma then played Wilcox-Hildreth. The Cardinals moved their win streak to five, as they beat the Falcons 48-32. Three Cardinals were in double figures; Mitchell had 10, Biskup with 11, and Jakin Neal had 14.
Alma is now 5-0 and will play Southwest at home on Tuesday and Red Cloud on Saturday on the road.
Arapahoe has been competing in the Cattle Trail Tournament. Arapahoe first battled Medicine Valley on Tuesday in the first round. They won, 54-36. Three Warriors were in double figures as Will Cacy had 12, Trenton Roskop had 14, and Kade Fischer had 14.
The Warriors faced Maywood-Hayes Center Friday in the semifinals. It was a 21-6 first quarter that the Wolves dominated and it doomed the Warriors. They lost 55-43. In the next three periods, Arapahoe outscored MHC 37-33, but it wasn't enough. Overall, Arapahoe played a solid game against the Wolves.
Will Cacy had a huge game for the Warriors recording 22 points.
In the 3rd and 4th place game, Arapahie bounced back nicely and beat Hitchcock County, 51-43. Kade Fisher went off for the Warriors, scoring 30 points including five three-pointers.
Arapahoe is 2-3 and will face Wilcox-Hildreth Thursday on the road, and then Southwest Friday at home which will be an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup.
Bertrand had one game this past week against Loomis. That game was one of our RPAC Rundown Featured Matchups so you can view the story here.
Bertrand is 0-3 and will be at home Tuesday and Thursday versus Hi-Line and Elm Creek.
Cambridge had a pair of games this week. They first beat Southern Valley which was one of our RPAC Rundown Featured Matchups. You can read the game story here.
Cambridge also played South Loup on Friday evening. The Trojans ended up losing 66-56 in overtime. Fast forward to the fourth quarter, Cambridge led 34-30. It was a high-powered offensive fourth quarter and South Loup scored 22 to Cambridge's 18 and it was 52-52 going to the extra period. South Loup scored 14 while holding Cambridge to four. Carson Trompke led Cambridge with 28 points and eight rebounds.
Cambridge is 3-1 and will play Loomis at home on Tuesday and Cozad on the road on Thursday.
Dundy County Stratton
Dundy County Stratton has been competing in the Cattle Trail Tournament this week and ended up winning the title with some strong play all week. First, they beat Wauneta-Palisade 63-12. Three players were in double figures as Lane Brown scored 11, Jackson Kerchal had 10, and Lane Bybee had 10. The Tigers then faced Hitchcock County and won big, 58-25.
In the championship game, DCS played MHC. It was a close game, but DCS won 49-47. DCS is 4-0 and will be at home against Rawlins County on Tuesday, and then at Perkins County on Saturday.
The Falcons have been playing in the Cattle Trail Tournament this past week. On Tuesday they played Southwest in the first round and won 48-42.
The Falcons then ran into one of the top teams in D1 in the second round. Hitchcock County fell 58-25. In the third round of the tournament, Hitchcock County played against Arapahoe. The Falcons lost, 51-43.
Hitchcock County is now 1-3 and will play at Medicine Valley Thursday and that is an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup Then they will play Rawlins County on Friday on the road.
The Wolves battled through the Cattle Trail Tournament this last week and found some success. They began the tournament with a win over Decatur Community 68-47. Jeremiah Ingison had 29 points and 12 rebounds. He is now over 1,000 career points. Haydn Farr had 14 points and nine rebounds.
MHC had a fight in the second round of the tournament, as they thwarted a comeback from Arapahoe, 55-43. Ingison had another big game with 25 points on 10-12 shooting. Farr had 14 points and nine rebounds and seven assists.
In the title game, MHC faced a familiar foe on the western side of the conference, DCS. The Wolves dropped the game 49-47. MHC had a nice lead at halftime of 26-16. But a 33-21 second half secured the win for DCS. Jaxon Anders led MHC with 16 points. MHC is 4-1 and will be at Sandhills Valley on Tuesday and Brady on Thursday.
The Wildcats had a pair of games against Hi-Line and St. Pat's this week. They fell to Hi-Line in the first game of the week, 46-26. Jesse Reyes led the Wildcats with nine points and Cole Huffman pitched in six.
Maxwell then faced St. Pat's and lost 74-22. The Wildcats are now 0-4 and will look to get their first win of the season this week. They play Paxton at home on Friday.
Medicine Valley competed in the Cattle Trail Tournament and came away with one win. First, they played Arapahoe and lost 54-36. Brody Sneff had 12 points and Lucas Einspahr kicked in 10.
On Friday, the Raiders played Decatur Community and won 56-53. It was a buzzer-beater that helped them win the game. Austin Roblee led the team with 12 points and five assists. Ethan Brown had 11 points and nine rebounds. Einspahr had 11 points.
On Saturday, Medicine Valley played Southwest and lost 49-37. Sneff had eight, and Mason Roblee had eight too. Sneff had 10 rebounds also. The Raiders are 3-2 and will play Hitchcock County on Thursday at home which will be an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup. On Friday they will be at South Loup.
Paxton had a pair of games last week and went 2-0. First, they beat Brady 69-36. After the first quarter, Paxton led 15-11. Then, the Tigers took over, scoring 54 points in the next three quarters while holding Brady to 25. Josh Eakins had 15 points, Tommy Markussen had 12, and Maddex McConnell had 12.
Paxton played Potter Dix on Saturday and won by a narrow margin, 55-50. Eakins was solid again, this time with 23 points. Paxton is 2-2 and will play Perkins County on Tuesday on the road and at Maxwell on Friday.
Southern Valley played Cambridge on Tuesday and it was one of the RPAC Rundown Featured Matchups. Read the game story here.
The Eagles faced Overton and won 64-38. Three Eagles were in double figures. Kamden Bose scored 18, Trenton Schockman scored 10, and Kody Collins had 10. Southern Valley is 1-3 and will play Gothenburg on Tuesday on the road, home versus Ravenna on Thursday, and Saturday at Loomis.
The Roughriders played in the Cattle Trail Tournament and won a pair of games. First, they fell the Hitchcock County, 48-42. Southwest had three players in double figures as Jakub Walz had 14, Houston Billeter had 10, and Nathan Rippe had 10.
Wauneta-Palisade was the next opponent for the Roughriders. Southwest won in convincing fashion, 54-37. Hunter Blume had a night, 27 points on 12-22 shooting. Houston Billeter added 15 points.
Southwest then faced Medicine Valley and won 49-37. Houston Billeter was electric from the three-point line with 29 points and six threes. Walz added 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Roughriders are 2-3 and will face Alma at home on Tuesday evening and then at Arapahoe on Friday which will be an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup.
The Wildcats had two games last week and dropped them both. First, it was a battle against Sandhills-Thedford. They lost 59-39. Matt Lungrin was effective with 17 points in the effort. Max Hanson added 14.
Wallace then faced Hyannis and lost 49-34. Lungrin had eight points and Jason Fisher had eight too.
Wallace is 1-3 in the young season and will face Sutherland on Tuesday at home.
The Broncos played in the Cattle Trail Tournament and fell in their three games. They began with a tough loss to Dundy County Stratton, 63-12.
They could not recover as they lost to Southwest 54-37.
After that, they lost to Decatur Community Schools, 46-29.
The Broncos are 0-5 on the season and will be at home versus South Platte on Friday, and then at Sandhills Valley on Saturday.