Omaha Skutt bounced back from its first loss of the season by ending an 18-game winning streak for Boys Town.
Chris Harrison had 19 points and Brian Schwetschenau 18 in Skutt’s 66-48 boys basketball win Tuesday night over the defending Class C-1 state champion Cowboys.
Skutt (3-1) lost 65-52 to defending Class B champion Scottsbluff on Saturday in the final of the Western Conference Invitational.
“It was nice not beating up on the same people, and the western hospitality was great,” SkyHawks coach Jon Burt said. “It was good to bring a basketball team from the east.
“I’ve been here nine years and I don’t remember anybody else going out there.”
Harrison, a junior guard, and Schwetschenau, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, each had 14 points at halftime as Skutt never trailed.
Schwetschenau is a proven player for the SkyHawks, a third-year starter who averaged 12 points and seven rebounds the past two seasons.
Harrison is the opposite, a breakout player after playing freshman ball and then on the junior varsity as a sophomore.
“I love Chris. He’s what you’d call a program kid,” Burt said. “He did some good things in our jamboree game with Millard North and now he’s starting.
“His shooting has been excellent when he sets his feet.”
Schwetschenau’s play against the Cowboys was key, Burt said, because of Skutt’s thin front-court line depth.
Ryan Bouda, a 6-2 junior, may miss a couple more games while coming off a football injury. Bouda’s 6-6 freshman brother, Nick, has a back injury that may keep him from playing until January. Zach Legband, the SkyHawks’ 6-8 center, was ill Tuesday and didn’t play.
Nick Bies, a 5-11 senior forward, also is out for the season with football-related injuries.
“We asked Brian to play within himself tonight,” Burt said. “If he had gotten in foul trouble, we’d be in a bad situation.”
Boys Town (2-1), which trailed 12-2 before the game was four minutes old, got as close as 32-27 on David Austin’s steal and basket with 2:58 left in the first half. Skutt then ended the half with six consecutive points for a 38-27 lead.
“We’re young,” Boys Town coach Tom Krehbiel said. “We didn’t handle the atmosphere and situation. We’ve been having slow starts and were lucky to come back in our first two games, but that’s not happening against a team like Skutt.”
Austin and Brady Mutschler led Boys Town with 16 points apiece. Mutschler, a 6-4 senior forward, had half of his points on second-chance baskets.
“We have to figure our scoring out,” Krehbiel said. “Those two are our most experienced players, but they have to start trusting the younger guys as well.”
Boys Town (2-1) ................. 11 16 8 13—48
At Omaha Skutt (3-1) ................. 21 17 8 20—66
BT: David Austin 16, Brady Mutschler 16, Corey Ponds 6, Khylil Hawkins 6, Abrelon Alexander 2, KZ Williams 2.
OS: Chris Harrison 19, Brian Schwetschenau 18, Ty O’Brien 10, Luke Maass 9, Eric Ruden 4, Creighton Koley 2, Isaiah Ramsey 2.
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