All of the teams in the RPAC were back in action following the Holiday Break. A good chunk of course were already playing last week but everyone played this week. We are getting closer and closer to conference tournament time, so the games mean even more.
The Cardinals apparently don't know how to lose. At least this season they haven't yet. They played twice, and won both games, one by a large margin, the other a close game.
First, they beat Franklin, 56-6. The Cardinals were led by Zavier Mitchell with 19 points. Tucker Biskup scored 12.
Alma played Axtell on Saturday and won, 51-50. Axtell jumped out ahead in the first quarter 17-11. But, Alma weathered the storm and outscored the Wildcats 40-33. The Cardinals had three players in double figures. Mitchell scored 17, Jakin Neal with 15, and Tucker Biskup had 12.
Alma is 11-0 and will be busy this week, Amherst at home on Tuesday, Hi-Line on Thursday at home, and Hitchcock County on Friday. Friday's game is at Hitchcock County and will be an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup.
Arapahoe had two games during the week and came away with a pair of wins.
First, they played Maxwell and it was an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup. You can read the game story here.
The Warriors faced Medicine Valley Friday night at home. They beat the Raiders 41-32. Trenton Roskop led the scoring with 15 and grabbed nine rebounds. Carl Nordine had 10 points and Hayden Sich had 10 rebounds.
Arapahoe is 7-5 and will be at Loomis on Tuesday and play at home versus Hi-Line on Friday.
Bertrand had a busy week back in action, winning two of their three games. First they beat Wilcox-Hildreth, 44-33. Bertrand had nine players score in total. Scott Bieker led the team with eight points. The Vikings then played RPAC East foe, Southern Valley on Thursday.
That was an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup and you can read the story here.
Bertrand then played against South Loup at home and lost, 60-49. The Vikings were down 24-9 from the start. But over the next three quarters, they outscored South Loup 40-36. Marcus Hernandez led Bertrand with 16 points and Thinder Nelson had 11.
Bertrand is now 4-6 and will play at Southwest on Friday and home versus Overton on Saturday.
Cambridge has been a little bit up and down in the past couple of weeks. They went 1-1 this past week. First, they played Norton and lost, 40-32. Carson Trompke led Cambridge with 13 points. Brohdey Wood had 14 rebounds.
The Trojans played their rival on Friday, Southwest. It took an extra period, but Cambridge won 50-45. The Trojans are 8-4 and will play at Sutherland on Friday and Maxwell at home on Saturday which will be an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup.
Dundy County Stratton
DCS played a pair of games this week and split the matchups. They began with a game at home versus Chase County and the Tigers won 51-35. Jackson Kerchal had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Dante Horner had 14 points, and Lane Bybee had 10 points.
The Tigers faced Wray, CO on Friday and lost 64-57 in overtime. The Tigers led 41-36 going into the fourth quarter. But, a 15-10 final period tied it up at 51-51. The Eagles outscored the Tigers 13-6 in OT to win. August Shaw had 18 points to lead the Tigers. Kerchal was big again, with 16 points, and 16 rebounds. DCS is 8-3 and will play home versus Hitchcock County on Tuesday and home versus Loomis on Saturday.
The Falcons had two games this past week. First, they beat Southwest, 65-60. Then, they played Wauneta-Palisade and won 61-30.
The Falcons are 6-4 and will play Dundy County Stratton on Tuesday and Alma on Friday. Friday's game will be an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup.
The Wolves had a pair of games and won both. They began with a 53-44 win over Hi-Line. Jeremiah Ingison and Haydn Farr were electric. Ingison had another double-double, including their game against Paxton he's had five in a row. Against Hi-Line he totaled 24 points and 10 rebounds. Haydn Farr had 22 points.
Their matchup versus Paxton was an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup. You can read the game story here.
MHC is now 10-2 and will play Maxwell on Tuesday and Sandhills-Thedford on Friday.
The Wildcats had three games this past week and dropped all of them. First, they played Arapahoe. It was an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup. Read the game story here.
Maxwell faced Hershey on Friday and lost 56-32. On Saturday they played Overton and lost 62-45.
Maxwell is now 1-9 and will play MHC on Tuesday on the road, at home versus South Loup, and then at Cambridge on Saturday which is an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup.
The Raiders had one game this past week, at Arapahoe on Friday. The Raiders lost, 41-32. Brody Sneff had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead Medicine Valley. Mason Roblee added 10 rebounds.
Medicine Valley has dropped six in a row and is 3-7. They will be at home on Tuesday versus Sandhills Valley, and then play Mullen on Friday at home.
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The Tigers played a couple of games last week and split those games. First, they played Leyton on Friday night and won big, 67-44. Paxton used a huge first three quarters in which they scored 57 points to set the tone. Josh Eakins led the Tigers with 21 points, Jasper Brewster had 12, and Ethan Hardin had 11.
Their other game was a loss to MHC, 55-30. It was an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup. You can read the game story here.
The Tigers are 6-5 and will play Creek Valley on Thursday aathome, and then host Wallace on Friday.
Southern Valley played a pair of games last week and dropped both. The Eagles were down some players in the matchups. Against Bertrand, it was an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup. You can read the game story here.
Southern Valley then faced Broken Bow and lost 67-52. This game was played in Kearney, at Kearney High. The Southern Valley girls were playing in The Nebraska Girls Basketball Showcase, so they arranged this game to be played.
Southern Valley is now 6-6 and will play Chase County on Tuesday at home, and also host Holdrege on Friday.
Southwest played a trio of games coming back from the Holiday break and went 1-2. First, they lost to Hitchcock County 65-60. Houston Billeter had 22 points. Jakub Walz had 12 points and Nathan Rippe added 11.
Southwest faced Cambridge and pushed the Trojans to the wire, falling 50-45 in overtime. The Roughriders played a good game, but just couldn't get the win. Billeter led Southwest with 18. Nathan Rippe had nine points and six rebounds.
The Roughriders finished the week on a high note, winning over Wauneta-Palisade, 50-38. Billeter again had a nice game with 15 points. Hunter Blume had 15 points in the game too.
Southwest is 4-8 and will play Hi-Line Tuesday on the road, and host Bertrand Friday.
The Wildcats played a pair of games in the week and both were overtime battles. First they beat Arthur County, 44-40. The Wildcats led 31-25 going into the fourth period. But a 13-7 fourth from Arthur County resulted in a 38-38 score at the end of regulation. Wallace was able to edge the Wolves and get the victory. Max Hanson had 14 points, Jason Fisher had 12, and Matt Lungrin scored 11.
Wallace played Mullen on Saturday and fell in overtime this time, 50-44. Matt Lungrun had 21 points to lead the Wildcats. Wallace is 5-7 and will play South Platte Thursday at home and at Paxton on Friday.
The Broncos were back from the Holiday Break and lost a pair of games. First, they lost to Hitchcock County 51-42.
Then they played Southwest and lost 50-38. The Broncos are 0-10 and will play at home versus Perkins County on Friday and at Garden County on Saturday.