Johnson-Brock downs defending champs, advances to first state final since 1998

Johnson-Brock downs defending champs, advances to first state final since 1998
Johnson-Brock junior Ty Hahn had a game-high 20 points in Friday's win over Falls City Sacred Heart. (Ethan Arnold for News Channel Nebraska)

LINCOLN — Ty Hahn scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the final 3:34 to spark a 14-1 Johnson-Brock run that helped the fifth-ranked Eagles rally past No. 1 Falls City Sacred Heart 48-45 Friday night at the Devaney Center.

The Irish, the defending D-2 champs, had defeated Johnson-Brock in all three previous meetings this season. They led 44-34 after a jumper by Drew Bippes with 4:40 to play. But Sacred Heart managed one free throw the rest of the way.

Hahn’s late outburst included a pair of 3-pointers, and his driving basket with 48 seconds left put the Eagles ahead 46-45. The 6-foot-1 junior came up with an offensive rebound on a missed free throw and converted both ends of a one-and-one from the line with 4.8 seconds to play for the final margin.

“We just talked about (how) great players show up in big games, and that’s what we needed from all of them,” Eagles coach Lucus Dalinghaus said. “We’ve got a lot of great players on this team, and I think Ty felt like he needed to step into that leadership role.

“That kid spends so much time in the gym, trying to get better every day. How fitting was it for him to make those last two free throws? That’s what he does.”

The Irish had a chance to tie the game with possession at half court and 2.4 seconds remaining. But Jamie Stice, the hero of Sacred Heart’s first-round win with a buzzer-beater against Humphrey St. Francis, couldn’t summon the magic a second time. His long 3-pointer with one second left missed.

Bippes scored 19 points for Falls City Sacred Heart (25-2), which was playing without leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Witt due to an injury. Witt entered the tournament averaging 18.1 points and 9.8 rebounds a game.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the way my kids played,” said Irish coach Doug Goltz, whose team was 2 of 7 at the foul line in the fourth quarter. “We just didn’t have the poise we needed down the stretch. We had turnovers and missed free throws, and that’s the end of the story.”

Kaden Glynn added 10 points for Johnson-Brock (23-4), which will be trying for a football-basketball gold-medal sweep, and is bidding for the program’s first state basketball title since winning Class D-1 in 1998.

“Just to get over the hump and finally beat Sacred Heart — that was so huge for our kids,” Dalinghaus said.

Falls City SH (25-2)……..10 15 14    6—45

Johnson-Brock (23-4)…..14    9 10 15—48

FCSH: Drew Bippes 19, Jamie Stice 1, Jake Hoy 7, Del Casteel 2, Jarrot Simon 9, Kyle Bauman 3, Jakob Jordan 4.

JB: Cole Fossenbarger 6, Dylan Rowe 7, Kaden Glynn 10, Ty Hahn 20, Seth Moerer 5.

For first time since 1994, Osmond will play for a state title

LINCOLN – No. 4-rated Osmond earned its first trip to a state final since 1994 and will be bidding for the program’s first state championship since 1928 after beating No. 2 Riverside 62-50 Friday night in the Class D-2 state tournament semifinals at Devaney Sports Center.

The Tigers (27-1) will face No. 5 Johnson-Brock (23-4) in Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. championship game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Riverside (23-1) will take on No. 1 Falls City Sacred Heart (25-2) in the third-place game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Southeast.

Photos: Falls City Sacred Heart vs. Johnson-Brock

D2 Championship: Johnson-Brock vs. Osmond

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena

Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm

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