WAHOO — Wahoo Neumann got hot from behind the 3-point line early against Scotus Central Catholic, forcing the Shamrocks to play catch-up all game.
The Class C-1, No. 9 Cavaliers buried six of their nine treys in the opening half Friday night while winning 55-40 on their home court.
Sam Fisher hit three 3-pointers while scoring 11 points for Neumann (10-8), and Kobey Simons and Trey Ahrens both knocked down two triples while putting up 12 points apiece.
Scotus (5-13) hit two of its eight 3-pointers in the opening quarter, but couldn’t find much offense inside while falling behind 14-8.
“I thought we came out flat the first quarter and that carried over into the second quarter,” Scotus head coach Tyler Swanson said. “We weren’t playing with the kind of energy that needed to be exerted in the first half and that’s why we struggled to get stops.”
The Shamrocks, who beat Neumann 51-47 on Jan. 23 in the Centennial Conference Tournament, buried two more 3-pointers in the second quarter and the rest of their points came from the free-throw line. They made just one field goal from inside the 3-point line in the opening half.
Neumann had four 3-pointers in the second quarter while building its lead to 30-18 at the break.
The Shamrocks made a run in the third quarter, when Caden Pelan hit his third 3-pointer, slicing the deficit to 42-35 with a 17-point period.
Scotus’ Grant Shanle added five of his eight points in the quarter and Telegram Super Senior Trevor Kaslon scored four of his 12.
“We did a much better job in the second half with our intensity and energy and we got great shots in the third quarter,” Swanson said.
Pelan finished with a game-high 13 points for Scotus and Tyler Palmer chipped in seven, including two 3-pointers, but the Shamrock offense wasn’t at its best.
Only four Scotus players scored in the game and Neumann held the Shamrocks to just five points in the fourth quarter.
“We just had too many little things beat us tonight,” Swanson said. “We didn’t rebound well at times, didn’t finish some easy baskets in the paint, and struggled to shoot from the perimeter when Pelan was out with an injury. It all added up and we can’t afford to do all of that and still win games.”
Zach Meduna scored 10 points for Neumann, including two treys, giving the Cavaliers four players in double figures.
“They hit some more shots from the perimeter this game and I give them credit for knocking those shots down this time around,” Swanson said.
Scotus hosts Kearney Catholic on Saturday.