YORK -- Coming off a discouraging 45-17 loss to Seward, Lakeview found itself looking at a road matchup with Class B, No. 2 York.
The Vikings (3-15) came out with intensity and challenged the Dukes (18-1), but York was too talented and pulled away for a 60-41 victory.
“I'm proud of how our team came out and competed tonight,” Lakeview head coach Bryce Roth said. "You've got to give York credit. They are one of the best in Class B. We just didn't quite have enough tonight.”
Lakeview got early baskets from Cameron Drozd, Landon Vogt and Cadge Janssen to start the game on a 7-0 run.
“We came out from the tip very aggressive and got some confidence early which helped,” Roth added.
York quickly regrouped and finished the quarter on a 16-4 run to take a five-point lead into the second quarter. From there, the Dukes seized control, scoring 21 points in the period for a 37-21 lead at the break.
Lakeview cut the Dukes' lead to 11 multiple times in the second half, but could never get it back to single digits.
The Vikings shot just 1 for 17 from beyond the arc, hurting any chance of a comeback.
“We had really good looks and we needed to take those shots to have a chance versus a team like York,” Roth said.
Sean Donnelly and Luke Rollman controlled the paint for Lakeview in the game. Both seniors finished with 10 points. Rollman added 10 rebounds for a double-double while Donnelly, who scored all of his points in the second half, grabbed nine boards.
Brady Danielson scored a game-high 17 points for the Dukes.
The Vikings have another tough challenge on Friday, playing at Class C-1, No. 2 Wahoo.
COLUMBUS -- Another slow start hurt Columbus Saturday in a 60-50 loss to Norris at Columbus High School.
In what has become a trend recently, the Discoverers (10-9) quickly fell behind against the No. 7 Titans, but rallied to make a game of it in the second half.
Norris got out to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter. Columbus got its offense going in the second quarter, but its defense still struggled and the Discoverers fell behind 34-21 at half.
Columbus came out on a mission in the third quarter, outscoring Norris 18-7 in the period to close within 41-39 going to the fourth quarter.
The Discoverers could never get over the hump as Norris knocked down 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to pull away.
Blake Petersen led Columbus with a game-high 16 points. Jay Knudsen scored 13 and Michael Wurdy added 12 for the Titans.
Columbus is back home on Friday to play No. 10 Blair.
St. Francis 68,
Spalding Academy 30
HUMPHREY -- Class D-2, No. 6 Humphrey St. Francis pressured Spalding Academy early and often on its way to a 68-30 home win.
The Flyers (13-7) had three players with four or more steals. Trevor Pfeifer led the way with seven and scored a game-high 16 points. Pierce Eisenmenger had five steals and Quinn Olmer added 13 points and four steals.
St. Francis put on a clinic in the first quarter, racing out to a 29-6 lead. Spalding Academy (4-11) never got back within 20 points.
The Flyers led 44-13 at half and 60-21 after the third quarter.
St. Francis plays at David City Aquinas on Tuesday.
Cross County 63,
High Plains 30
CLARKS -- Cross County overcame a poor shooting night by pounding the boards to blow out High Plains 63-30 on Saturday.
The Cougars (9-10) shot just 31 percent (20 for 63) from the field and 17 percent (5 for 29) from 3-point territory, but nearly doubled up the Storm (0-18) in field goal attempts. High Plains had only 35 shots in the game.
Cross County finished with 14 offensive rebounds and got a game-high 22 points from Colton Beebe. Cael Lundstrom added 19 points.
Keaton Van Housen scored 18 to lead the Storm.
Cross County led 13-6 after the first quarter and 32-18 at half. The Cougars really blew the game open in the third quarter to take a 50-23 lead into the final quarter.
Cross County plays at East Butler on Tuesday while High Plains plays at Class D-1, No. 6 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley on Thursday.
HOWELLS -- Howells-Dodge picked up a 52-41 win over Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family on Friday in a consolation game of the East Husker Conference Tournament.
The Jaguars (11-9) led 11-6 after the first quarter and 26-19 at halftime. It was 38-32 after three quarters and Howells-Dodge was able to close out the win in the fourth quarter.
Dax Vanlengen scored a game-high 20 points for the Jaguars. Ashton Dohmen led H/LHF (11-9) with 11 points, but shot just 5 for 25 from the field.
The Bulldogs host Twin River on Thursday.
Shelby-Rising City 40
SHELBY -- Shelby-Rising City was no match for Class D-1, No. 6 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley on Friday.
The Eagles shot 53 percent from the field for the game, which had little drama throughout.
B-D/S (16-5) led 20-6 after the first quarter and 32-10 at half. The Huskies (7-11) scored 30 points in the second half, but were in far too big of a deficit to climb out of.
Brenden Johnston scored 15 points on five 3-pointers to lead S-RC, which plays at Osceola on Friday.
Cedar Bluffs 35,
St. Edward 28
ST. EDWARD -- It was a basketball game with a football score Friday as Cedar Bluffs beat St. Edward 35-28 in a low-scoring game.
Hunter Bacon scored 18 points to lead the Wildcats (2-16) while Trevor Rasmussen scored 14 to lead the Beavers (2-14).
St. Edward battled to a 15-12 lead at half, but it was all Cedar Bluffs after that. The Wildcats led 22-18 after the third quarter and closed out the win in the final period.
The Beavers host Fullerton on Tuesday.
SCHUYLER -- Crete ran past Schuyler on Friday, handing the Warriors their 11 consecutive loss with a 64-35 victory.
Carter Kent scored a game-high 18 points for the Cardinals.
Jakub Langemeier scored 13 to lead Schuyler.
Crete (15-6) jumped out to a 15-4 lead after the first quarter and maintained their double-digit lead the rest of the way. It was 24-13 at half and 43-25 after three quarters.
Schuyler (3-15) hosts Ralston on Thursday.
Twin River 65,
GENOA -- Twin River had its offense rolling Friday in a 65-53 victory over Pender in a consolation game of the East Husker Conference Tournament.
The Titans (7-12) never scored fewer than 14 points in a period on its way to a season high for points scored in a game.
Blaine Jacobi led the way with 18 points while Joseph Zweiner added 16 for Twin River. The duo combined for 23 points in the first half as the Titans led 30-21 at the break. A strong third quarter gave Twin River a 49-34 lead over the Pendragons (6-13) after three quarters.
The Titans play at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family on Thursday.
CLARKSON -- Clarkson/Leigh dominated the first and third quarters Friday to post a 56-43 victory over Tekamah-Herman in a consolation game of the East Husker Conference Tournament.
The Patriots (3-14) outscored Tigers 39-11 in those two periods.
Freshman Tommy McEvoy scored a team-high 19 points for the Patriots while senior Anthony Bruhn added 16.
Clarkson/Leigh led 19-6 after the first quarter and 26-19 at halftime. The Patriots put the game away in the third quarter, taking a 46-24 lead over the Tigers (0-16) into the final period.
Clarkson/Leigh plays at Class C-1, No. 7 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (18-2) on Tuesday.