So much for the football playoff doldrums.
The East Butler boys basketball team came out of the locker room and promptly left the hometown Cedar Bluffs Wildcats in their dust, winning the season opener 56-13. The game was 10 days after East Butler defeated South Loup in the State Class D1 Football finals.
The first quarter ended with the Tigers ahead 20-2, and it was 35-2 at the half.
“It was a good team effort by everyone,” said East Butler coach Greg Jahde. “It was good to jump out to an early lead and then be able to work on some things that we haven’t been able to work on in practice with limited time available. I thought a number of guys did some really good things.”
Two players who led the Tigers to football success - sophomore Jaden Rhynalds and senior Trevor Havlovic – recorded 18 and 13 points respectively. Havlovic was 5-6 in field goals and sank all three of his free throws. As a team the Tigers shot 50 percent in field goals and 53 percent from the foul line. Rhynalds' nine steals took away Wildcat scoring chances.
The Wildcats went 3-14 on field goals. They tried threes but went 2-13. They went 1-2 from the freethrow line. Bruning-Davenport-Shickley comes to the Brainard gym Saturday, with the girls' games beginning at 1 p.m. The Tigers travel to Exeter on Tuesday, and host Osceola on Thursday.
November 30 at Cedar Bluffs
East Butler(1-0) 20 15 16 5 -56
Cedar Bluffs(0-1) 2 0 4 7 – 13
EB: Individual leaders
Scoring: Rhynalds 18, Havlovic 13, Dvorak, Janak 6, Pierce, Robley 4, Stara 3
Rebounds- Dvorak 5, Havlovic 4. Assists Jirovsky 7 Dvorak 3 Steals - Rhynalds 9, Jirovsky 4