The Schuyler boys dropped a pair of games last week in the Central Conference Tournament.
The Warriors showed improvement in their losses to Adams Central and Holdrege, but they’re still trying to find their early season chemistry as players return from injury.
On Thursday, the seventh-seeded Warriors traveled to Hastings to take on second-seeded Adams Central in the quarterfinals.
Auston Hall had another strong game for Schuyler, pouring in 18 points and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
The Patriots knocked down 14 3-pointers, including eight in the second half, on their way to a 57-49 victory.
“Overall, we were happy with how we competed against Adams Central,” Schuyler head coach Lyndon Beebe said. “We had our chances.”
The two teams played toe-to-toe for most of the game.
The Patriots owned a 15-13 lead after one quarter before the Warriors knotted the score at 24-all entering halftime.
Schuyler's Noah Beebe hit three treys in the first quarter, accounting for all nine of his points in the game, and brothers Easton and Auston Hall combined for all 11 Warrior points in the second quarter.
Adams Central regained the lead in the third quarter and held a slim 41-38 advantage heading into the final period.
Jack Keller poured in nine of his team-high 18 points for the Patriots in the third quarter and Auston Hall had 11 points in the period to keep Schuyler within striking distance.
“With about a minute to go in the third quarter we gave up an offensive rebound on a missed free throw,” coach Beebe said. “That was disappointing because it is something that we stress. That rebound led to a five-point possession for them at the end of the period.”
The Patriots hit five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to pull away.
“Points they scored off our turnovers in the second half and a couple of rebounding letdowns really hurt us tonight,” coach Beebe said.
Easton Hall and Tychique Kutalu finished with six points apiece for Schuyler. Mason Kovar returned to the starting lineup and scored five points.
Schuyler lost 59-45 to Holdrege in Saturday’s consolation game at Seward High School.
“We knew that Holdrege had some really good athletes, so we wanted to do whatever we could to not get into a fast-paced game with them,” coach Beebe said. “They haven’t shown that they are able to shoot the ball real effectively from outside, so we thought we could stop them playing a zone defense. Add to that, their leading scorer was held out of the game with an injury.”
The Warriors fell behind early against the Dusters and had a difficult time climbing back into the contest.
Holdrege jumped out to a 15-9 lead after one quarter and extended the advantage to 31-18 at halftime.
“They shot the ball extremely well right from the start,” coach Beebe said. “We did a pretty good job of getting out and contesting shots, but they hit some big 3s right over the top of us, then we had to play man defense. With some of our guys still trying to come back from injuries, we really were at a disadvantage.”
Holdrege closed out the victory by outscoring Schuyler 28-27 in the second half.
Auston Hall led the Warriors with 13 points and five rebounds and Kovar showed more of his successful early season form by tossing in 11 points. Noah Beebe nailed three 3-pointers for his nine points.
The Warriors (3-13), who have lost nine straight games since the holiday break, play Thursday at Douglas County West before hosting Crete on Friday.