LINCOLN – It’s the type of play little kids conjure up in their imaginations in the driveway: a steal in the final moments, leading to a sprint down the court and an easy lay-up to give your team the state basketball championship.
That dream became reality for Omaha South’s Ty Griggs on Saturday. With the game tied, the 6′ junior stole the ball from Central’s John Tonje, and finished off the play with the game-winning lay-up with 3.3 seconds to go, lifting South to a 58-56 victory and their second Class A state championship in the last three years.
Central controlled much of the first half, but South’s torrid shooting in the second half (they were 15-of-19 from the field in the final two quarters) helped propel them to the win.
OMAHA SOUTH: Ta’Vion Anderson – 12 pts; Ty Griggs – 12 pts; Skyler Wilson – 11 pts; Kyle Hutcherson – 11 pts; Jay Saunders – 10 pts, 5 rebs; RaShawn McNeal-Lee – 2 pts, 6 rebs
OMAHA CENTRAL: Latrell Wrightsell – 18 pts; John Tonje – 15 pts, 8 rebs; Max Polk – 11 pts; Abraham Hoskins – 6 pts; Tethloach Tut – 6 pts