Metro Tournament Recap:Bryan Awakens & Belle East Rises

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Bryan 68, Omaha Benson 49: Bryan used offensive balance and good work on the board to coast by the Bunnies (3-3) for the 2ndtime this year. Up until recently, Bryan is a team that has been a bit of a disappointment. Despite having a lot of talent, Bryan struggled early on in the season but now they find themselves starting to hit the mark. The Bears were led by super soph sensation Galen Gullie’s 12 points and another 11 by senior Tiit Kuek’s. Deng Reng also reached double figures with 10.

Benson’s biggest weakness–no post–showed again as they were out-rebounded. Sophomore Avery Langford had 13 while senior superstar Stevelle Burns threw in 12 along with anther 12 added by sophomore C.J. Carter.

Omaha Burke 62, Omaha Central 61: Burke avenged an early season loss and handed the Eagles their first loss of the season. Three Burke players scored in double figures: junior power forward Scott Davis had 20 points to go along with his’11 rebounds; junior sharpshooter Ray McGaugh added 14 and sophomore Adonis Hillfinished with. Hill was also very impressive at breaking Central’s unforgiving press and relentless pressure defense.

Junior standout Deverelle Biggs led the three-time defending state champs with 17 points.

Creighton Prep 46, Papillion-La Vista South 29: Prep guard Taylor Stormberg got going early and led the Jays with 14 points, Nick Davis added 8 points and a 2 handed slam dunk. Caleb Steffensmeir, who is one of the best ball handlers in the state, had 7 points .

Papio South which fell to 4-3 was led in scoring by Jalen Huser with 7.

Bellevue East 54, Millard South 38: All-Nebraska post man Jarrell Crayton scored a game high 20 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Evan Williamsscored 10 and Tyson Reeveshad 6 points. Both Williams andReeves stepped up when the moment demanded. Reeves really helped his team seal the victory out with his great work on the defensive end.

 Millard South, who upset Bellevue West to get into the quarterfinals, was led by sophomore football star Quentin Urban and his game high 17 points. Vondrae Tostensonadded 8 points andhe also provided some crowd whooping entertainment with his highlight-reel dunk over Bellevue’s Crayton.

The key to Bellevue East’s victory was the numerous number of Millard South turnovers. The miscues prevented them from getting any rhythm or establishing an inside presence with post Storm Throne, who needs to be productive down low for the Patriots to win games.

Bellevue East 63, Creighton Prep 56: Bellevue East kept working and playing hard even though phenom erald Crayton spent much of the game off the court due to foul trouble. It was a typical gutsy performance by a a that we’ve grown to expect from a Jason Ryancoached team. Belle East simply refused to give in while Crayton was off the floor. Yet despite his limited playing time Craytonstill managed to lead his team in scoring with 14. Stepping up for Belle East were Matt Wallace and Joel Butts, who both scored 13 points each on their way to upsetting the pre-season No. 1 Creighton Prep

Prep was led in scoring by senior guard Max Huerter’s 14 and Taylor Stormberg’s 10. Unfortunately, Prep’s post Bret Potter did not have his best tournament, Prep is as good as anyone in the state only if Potter plays to his ability However, in this tournament game Potter again failed to reach double digits, finishing with 9 points.

Omaha Bryan 53, Omaha Burke 52: Burke lost a 8 point lead with just over 2 minutes to play thanks in large part to the efforts of Tiit Kuek, who scored a game high 23 points. The guard went on his own 8-0 scoring run in the 4th quarter including two 3s and a dunk off a steal that he created. Junior ball handler Ben Imig who is also a top ball handler chipped in 10.

Burke was led in scoring by guards Ray McGuagh(12) and Adonis Hill (10). Burke falls to 4-3.

Bryan and Bellevue East will play  for the title.

Update by Will:

Action Force correctly  predicted 3 out of  the 4 quartefinal  games including the Burke upset over Central.

   Omaha Bryan, led by a strong 23 point performance by Galen Gullie, won The Metro Conference Holiday Basketball title by defeating Bellevue East 60-48.

   Bryan’s performance and their ability to claim the school’s first Metro Holiday Tournament is another reason to give Action Force a little love–he stated in his Breakdown:

“Bryan must find some team chemistry!  Bryan is the best team –on paper–in the state.”

 It looks like Bryan found some chemistry.  And it also seems that Action Force knows a thing or two about Nebraska high school basketball.


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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force


    Sponsor: Hit Highlights Inc.

    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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