COUNCIL BLUFFS — James Dumes and Omaha South responded to a pair of challenges on Saturday night.
The first one was being without senior guard Tyler Hall, who has been dismissed from the team.
The other was the 6-foot-3 Dumes’ defensive assignment on 6-5 Daniel Tillo of North, who entered second among Iowa’s large-school players at 26 points per game.
The Nebraska Top 10 No. 3 Packers passed both with flying colors, grinding out a 59-46 victory over Iowa Class 4-A No. 6 Sioux City North to conclude the Jennie Ed Sports Med MAC Shootout at the Mid-America Center. Among seven boys games on Saturday were six featuring Iowa-Nebraska matchups — each state won three.
South coach Bruce Chubick was impressed with Dumes’ defensive intensity.
“We challenged him,’’ Chubick said. “He’s the kind of kid, if you challenge him (who will respond). I thought he stepped up and played great.’’
Tillo finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, hitting 4 of 10 from the floor. North, which dropped to 7-1, came into the contest averaging 83 points, most among Iowa’s 368 schools. It fell 37 points short of that.
The Packers (5-1) did it without Hall, their second-leading scorer. Chubick wondered how his team would react to the news of Hall’s departure.
“That was one of the things I was worried about,’’ the South coach said. “How are these kids going to react? You know, 14-, 15-, 16-year-old kids. … I was really proud of them. You couldn’t ask for anything more against a really good team.”
The Stars cut their deficit to nine in the fourth quarter after William Bald’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left, but they could get no closer.
Kevin Harkins, a 6-7 senior, had 16 points and 16 rebounds for South. Dumes added 15 points.
“I thought Kevin Harkins was huge,” Chubick said. “He was like the master of the boards.”
Harkins added his first career dunk. After cutting down the lane, he slammed one easily off two feet.
“I’m like, ‘Who in the heck did that?’’’ Chubick said. “He has never even tried one.’’
Chubick said Harkins ranks first academically out of 523 students in his class.
“He’s a leader, a natural leader,’’ Chubick said. “He’s kind of our steady guy.’’
Sioux City North (7-1) .......................................... 10 11 8 17—46
Omaha South (5-1) .......................................... 12 17 13 17—59
SCN: Xavier Scarlett 8, Carlos Elizalde 3, Deontre Dean 3, Robert Neustrom 4, William Bald 8, Matthew Bennett 7, Daniel Tillo 13.
OS: Orlando Blair 5, Monte’ McGary 8, James Dumes 15, Aguek Arop 7, Anthony Naimie 8, Kevin Harkins 16.