LINCOLN -- Winnebago’s quickness showed on both ends of the court as the Indians downed Syracuse 59-50 Thursday in a first-round game of the Class C-1 state boys basketball tournament at the Devaney Sports Center.
Fourth-ranked Winnebago (21-6) used its pressing defense to force turnovers and give its up-tempo offense chances. The combination was never more evident than the final two minutes of the first half and the opening four minutes of the second half.
D’Von LaPointe scored six points and Maurice Scott added five during a 16-6 run that erased a Syracuse lead. LaPointe led the way for Winnebago with 17 points and Scott finished with 16. The Indians got all of their offense from five players.
The Rockets (17-10) struggled from the field and committed five turnovers during the stretch. The Indians grabbed a 37-27 lead midway through the third period and Syracuse never got closer than five points the rest of the game.
Syracuse got 16 points from Trevor Brinkman and 11 from Benjamin Hannen.
The Indians will face third-seeded Broken Bow at 10 a.m. on Friday.