LINCOLN, Neb. | No. 1-ranked Ponca took all the drama out of its first-round C2 Nebraska Boys State Basketball Tournament, winning 72-29 over Perkins County at Lincoln Southeast High School Thursday evening.
The Indians (28-1) jumped out to a 26-7 lead after one quarter then limited the Plainsman to two points in the second quarter on their way to a 43-9 halftime bulge.
Ponca, the defending C2 champions, got 14 points from Carter Kingsbury while Evan Anderson and Logan Kingsbury each added a dozen points and Max Masin had 11.
The big lead gave coach Adam Poulosky ample opportunity to play his reserves in the second half and let his starters rest for a second-round game with either BRLD or Elmwood-Murdock scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Friday at the Devaney Center.
Perkins County, which sees its season end with a 16-8 record, got a game-high 15 points from Josh Johnston.
RIVERSIDE 54, WYNOT 48: Tredyn Prososki hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points as the second-seeded Riverside boys basketball team defeated seventh-seeded Wynot 54-48 in the opening round of the Nebraska Class D2 state tournament at Lincoln Northeast high school on Thursday.
Joseph Bloom finished with 14 points for Riverside (24-2), the only other Charger in double figures.
Landon and Nate Wieseler both scored 13 points for Wynot. Justin Lange finished with nine points.
Riverside led 23-14 at halftime. Wynot outscored Riverside 16-13 in the third quarter but trailed 36-30 going into the final frame.
Wynot ends its season at 14-10.
Riverside plays the winner of third-seeded Mullen and sixth-seeded Mead on Friday night at the Devaney Center.