RAYMOND -- East Butler couldn’t slow down Lourdes Central Catholic’s Quinten Vasa Friday in the D1-3 subdistrict final and it ended the Tigers’ season.
Vasa finished with a game-high 25 points for the Knights (17-8) in the 49-44 overtime victory.
Jacob Janak missed the potential game-winning 3-pointer with the seconds winding down in regulation, but Trevor Havlovic grabbed the offensive rebound for East Butler and put it back at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
Ultimately, the free throw line proved to be the difference in the game. LCC finished 12 of 19 at the line while the Tigers were just 4 of 6.
“It’s a tough way to lose, but a heck of a season in my eyes,” East Butler head coach Greg Jahde said. I’m proud of our effort and out season.”
The Tigers finish the year 17-9.
East Butler trailed throughout the game, clawing back from as many as 12 down, to force overtime.
“We played great defense all night,” Jahde said. “It kept us in the game.”
The Tigers trailed 9-6 after the first quarter and 18-13 at halftime. LCC continued to extend its lead in the third quarter, going up 30-22. East Butler came storming back with 18 fourth-quarter points to tie the game, it just couldn’t finish the rally with the extra time.
Havlovic led the Tigers with 18 points and nine rebounds. Jaden Rhynalds added 12 points and Jacob Janak had nine points, six assists and three steals.
East Butler 46,
Omaha Christian 31
RAYMOND -- It wasn’t the prettiest performance of the year, but East Butler grinded its way to a 46-31 victory over Omaha Christian Academy (11-8) on Feb. 20 at Raymond Central High School in the opening round of the D1-3 subdistrict tournament.
The Tigers shot just over 34 percent from the field and 26 percent from beyond the arc, but it didn’t matter with the way they played defense.
“It wasn’t our best game offensively, but defensively, we were locked in,” East Butler head coach Greg Jahde said.
East Butler controlled the boards all night and only surrendered two offensive rebounds.
With the struggles shooting the ball, the Tigers were content to attack the rim. They took 25 free throw attempts in the game and made 14 of them. The Eagles made only 3 of their 7 attempts.
Jaden Rhynalds led the way for East Butler with a game-high 21 points, including 10-for-13 shooting at the charity stripe. Trevor Havlovic added 13 points for the Tigers.