Strong First Half Guides #2 Riverside Past #7 Wynot

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

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