LINCOLN – A strong first half performance by Riverside was the difference maker, in their opening round win over Wynot.
Riverside and Wynot both came out slow in the opening quarter, scoring 9 and 5 respectively.
The Chargers’ deep threat continues to be one of the best in the state. Tredyn Prososki and Ryle Swerczek each knocked down two 3-pointers in the first half, and the pair combined for a total of eight 3 pointers in the game.
Wynot continued to struggle offensively in the 2nd quarter, scoring 9 points to Riversides’ 14, including 5 points from Nate Wieseler.
The 2nd half was a different story for the Blue Devils, who came out and scored 16 points out of the break. Landon Wieseler and Justin Lange each put up 6 points in the 3rd to give Wynot the boost. The Blue Devils outscored Riverside who put up 13 points, and were able to cut the deficit to 6 points, 36-30.
The Blue Devils began making their comeback effort, on the heels of 3 trey balls by Nathan Wieseler and Landon Wieseler, bringing the game as close as one possession.
Unfortunataley for the Devils, Riverside countered with two 3-pointers and 7 late game free throws by Prososki who finished the game with 25 points. Riverside finished the game with a 54-48 win and advance to Friday.
Charges Coach Joe Imus said the game was a battle all the way to the end.
“Wynot wouldn’t go away there. You know we got up 12 and the combination of us missing some free throws, a couple turnovers here, and they were knocking down some big threes and just wouldn’t go away. Like I told the guys after the game, about how that game went from 12 to 5 real quick is more so a credit to than it was what we were doing incorrectly,” said Imus.
Wynot Coach Lee Heimes says this team was a special one, all season long, that stayed together and competed together no matter the opponent.
“I thought we competed hard, I love how our team competes, and there was a couple times where they made some runs and we could’ve folded and packed it in, but I thought our guys had a good response every time, and kept coming back. You know one or two possessions there, we got it down to one possession and if we would’ve hit a shot it would’ve made a big difference but sometimes it doesn’t go that way,” says Heimes.
Wynot finishes the season at 14-10, while Riverside advances to 24-2 and will play Friday at 8:45 p.m. in the Devaney Sports Center.
R 9 14 13 18 54
W 5 9 16 18 48
R Prososki 25, Bloom 14, Swerczek 11, Martinsen 4
W L.Wieseler 13, J. Wieseler 5, N. Wieseler 11, Thingstad 4, Lange 13, Bruening 2