Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament Breakdown & Predictions

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By Action Force
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Metro Conference

Holiday Basketball Tournament
 Breakdown & Predictions

(“#”  represents tournament seed)




#9 Papillion-La Vista South VS. #1 Creighton Prep



How They Got Here
Creighton Prep dispatched #16 seed–and winless–Northwest in the opening round led by Junior guard
Caleb Steffensmier and junior Cole Martin.


Papillion-La Vista South defeated #8 seed Millard North behind sophomore sensation Jalen Hueser, who connected on 6 treys and finished with 22 points.


Keys to Victory

Creighton Prep: Must get senior post up Bret Potter going early. He has the ability to wear the Titans down underneath. Caleb Steffensmier, who is no stranger to carrying the load for his team, must be smart with the basketball: limit turnovers and continue to do what he does best—set his teammates up with easy baskets. Finally, allow Taylor Stormber to get comfortable from downtown. If he finds his stroke from behind the 3 point line early that spells trouble for Papio south.

Vista South: Must allow Jalen Hueser to do his thing. The super-soph. guard has impressed many with the numbers he’s been putting up and his dynamic presentation on the court.  Hueser can shoot very well and he has the ability to slash hard to the hoop and finish! The Titans will need to ride him to claim a victory. In addition, Titians role players Ryan Rolfzen and Chandler Thomas need to have good games to take some pressure off of Hueser.

It will be a big stage for the inexperienced Titans: They will need to come out of the gates fast and not let the bright lights and pressure of the Holiday Tournament spoil their game.

Prediction: Prep 51 Papillion South 38




#12 Millard South VS  #4 Bellevue East


How They Got Here

Millard South out rebounded Bellevue West and rode a strong 18 points performance by Vondrae Tostenson

to get the upset.


Bellevue East avenged an early season loss to Omaha South and had 2 other players besides Jarell Crayton

score in double figures.

Keys to Victory

Millard South must “make or break!” I’ve well documented my opinion on Millard South’s potential this season—it’s solely based on what Vondrae Tostenson does. 


Tostenson makes or breaks this team—end of story!  Vondrae must get going early whether it be shooting from the outside or slashing to the hoop. The Patriots must also contain the highly potent Jarell Crayton.

Stop Crayton?  No! That’s not going to happen; they just need to him keep him between 15-25 points. Millard South must not allow him to duplicate his 51 point outbreak in the season opener.


Mix it up on defense–use a variety of defenses to slow down Crayton: Box and 1, front him and do the best to deny him the ball, and force other Chieftains to beat you. And if all this isn’t enough, it wouldn’t hurt to say a little prayer.


Bellevue East’s task is simple:Feed Jarell Crayton the ball! He is the most dominate big man in the state. East’s role players will need to do their part by getting Crayton the rock, but they must also look to score as well.

The Patriots’ Coach Throne will do his best to mix up his defenses and keep Crayton off balance. The Chieftains Tyson Reeves and  Brad McNab

must step up if things get dicey for Crayton.

Prediction: Millard South 55 Bellevue East 54




#3 Omaha Central VS #11 Omaha Burke


How They Got Here

Central used a balanced offensive attack to beat Westside as 4 Eagles scored in double digits.

Burke upset a very good Millard West team by dictating the tempo and style of play, while showing a balanced offensive attack and by providing solid ball pressure on defense.


Keys to Victory
Central must shoot well. Central shot unbelievably well in their earlier win over Omaha Burke.


Central also needs to get Biggs going early. Biggs, a junior, seems to feed off of adrenaline rushes. The Eagles would be smart to get him going early as he has demonstrated the ability to take over any game once he is in rhythm.  Ted Lampkin will also need to make good decisions with the ball. Central has plenty of depth with players like Denzell Cook, Clifton Cox and Paul Simms.  In order to keep the Eagles undefeated they all will need to make key contributions.


Burke must handle the relentless Central ball pressure, Adonis Hill–Burke’s best ball handler– should play point the majority of the game.


The Bulldogs will need to pound the ball inside: Burke did not get the ball to junior power forward Scottie Davis enough in their previous meeting with Central—and it showed! Davis has scored in double figures in 4 of Burke’s first 5 games– the Central game being the only exception where he did not reach the mark.


Davis is a smart and highly productive player who is shooting over 80 percent from the field and averaging 11 points and 12 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs will do well to keep him in the mix early and often. And Burke’s Ray McGaugh will also need to get his jumper going early, share the ball and not force shots.


Prediction: Burke 73 Central 68



#2 Bryan VS #7 Benson



How They Got Here
Bryan squeaked by winless Papio led by  22 point performance  by D. K. Augustine.


Benson beat Omaha North behind 3 players scoring in double figures with senior standout Stevelle Burns

leading the way.

Keys to Victory
Bryan must find some team chemistry!  Bryan is the best team –on paper–in the state. Galen Gullie, Augustine (both sophomores) Imig, Kuek and Martin

are all very good and dynamic players. They need to find each other and play hard together—together.

Augustine must work inside: Benson’s glaring weakness is no post player, Augustine is very good underneath; therefore, he must get lots of touches and go to work from start to finish.
Galen Gullie is a very good player who needs to look to hurt the Bunnies in two ways: scoring  points and effectively dishing the ball to Augustine and his other teammates.

Benson must stop DK Augustine. Well, at least limit his ability to score in bunches. And they will need to pressure Gullie on defense.  Benson is loaded with quick athletic guards, Stevelle Burns, Cal McCoy and C.J. Carter

have to play solid defense on Gullie

The Bunnies must run the floor, play fast but be smart.

Prediction: Bryan 77 Benson 72




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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force


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    1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, SR, C, Bellevue East

    2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, SR, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

    3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, JR, C, Chadron

    4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, JR , PG/SG, Ralston

    5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, JR, SG/PG, Waverly

    6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, FR, PG, South Sioux City

    7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, SR, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

    8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, SR, PF, Millard South

    9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, SR, SF, Lincoln Southeast

    10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, SR, PG, Benson

    11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, JR, SG/PF, Omaha Central

    12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, JR, PG, Creighton Prep

    13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, JR, Lincoln Southwest

    14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, JR, PG, Beatrice

    15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, JR, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

    16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, SO, PG, Lincoln Southeast

    17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, SO, PG, Omaha Central

    18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, JR, PF/C Omaha Gross

    19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, SR, C, Lincoln Northeast

    20. Ben Imig, 6-0, JR, SG/PG, Bryan

    21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, SR, PG, Bryan

    22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, SR, PF/C, Lincoln High

    23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, SO, PG, Omaha Burke

    24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, JR, PF/C, Millard North

    25. DK Augustine, 6-4, SO, C, Omaha Bryan

  • Action Force’s Top Ten


    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank


    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1


    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3


    Lincoln East(13-5) 4


    Lincoln High (11-6) 5


    Omaha Central (13-3) 3


    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7


    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103


    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8


    Chadron (19-0) NR


    Norfolk (13-5) NR Contenders: Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson, Bellevue West

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