Mason Kovar hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 30 points Saturday as Schuyler rolled to a 68-45 home win over Plattsmouth.
Kovar, who went 11 for 16 at the free-throw line, had 22 points in the second half as the Warriors extended a 29-18 halftime lead to get their first victory of the season. Schuyler outscored Plattsmouth 23-8 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
“It’s always hardest to get that first (win),” Schuyler head coach Lyndon Beebe said. “We had a nice lead in the first quarter, but lost it. We then had a nice lead in the third quarter, lost it, but came back and played very well.
The Warriors (1-2) jumped out to an 8-3 lead midway through the first quarter only to see Plattsmouth (1-2) score the final eight points of the period.
Schuyler came out on fire to begin the second quarter. A 3-pointer by Tychique Kutalu knotted the score at 11-all then the Warriors took the lead for good on treys from Tyler Kohl and Auston Hall, who finished with 12 points.
The Warriors led 24-11 when a Hall jumper capped a 16-0 run. Kovar put an exclamation point on the quarter when he drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key with one second remaining to give his team a 29-18 advantage.
Schuyler picked up where it left off to start the third quarter. The Warriors built a 42-24 lead midway through the period before Plattsmouth rallied with a 10-0 run to pull within eight points with 1:54 left in the quarter.
A three-point play from Plattsmouth’s Tucker Anderson, who scored a team-high 16 points, cut the deficit to 43-37 with 48 seconds left in the third quarter, but that was as close as the Blue Devils could get.
Hall’s layup with 26 seconds remaining in the period put the Warriors up 45-37 heading into the fourth quarter, where they hit 10 free throws to put the game on ice.
Schuyler put together a 15-0 run fueled by six free throws from Kovar and his layup with 3:21 left to go up 60-37.
The Warriors hit nine 3-pointers in the win while also finding success in the lane.
“Tonight showed you what can happen when you don’t have the unforced turnovers,” Beebe said. “You could see our guys were confident they were going to win and they wanted to win. They just decided they needed to do a better job.”
Easton Hall scored seven points for Schuyler and Kutalu finished with six.
The Warriors play Friday at David City before hosting Blair on Monday.