LINCOLN – Two conference opponents squared off for the third time this season when Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur and Howells-Dodge met in the opening round of the Class C2 boys state basketball tournament at Northeast High School on Thursday, as heard on 107.9 The Bull.
BRLD got off to a hot start, taking a 19-9 lead after the first quarter.
Howells-Dodge scored 15 points in the second quarter, cutting their deficit to six points. BRLD led 30-24 at the half.
The Jaguars hit a three pointer on their first offensive possession of the third quarter to cut it to 30-27, but the Wolverines went on to score 18 points in the quarter, leading Howells-Dodge 48-33 after three.
The fourth quarter was high scoring for both teams, and Howells-Dodge made one last run, but BRLD was able to pull away for the 70-51 win.
Blake Sindelar had 23 points for Howells-Dodge, with Josh Brester and Luke Rocheford each adding 11.
Dylan Beutler had 21 for BRLD. Lucas Vogt added 18, with Will Gatzmeyer and Jaxon Johnson each scoring 10.
The Jaguars end their season at 18-10 overall.
BRLD is now 25-1 and will face Centennial in the Class C2 semifinals Friday afternoon at 3:45 at Devaney.
The game will be broadcast on 107.9 The Bull.