Top-ranked Omaha Central lost the lead briefly in the fourth quarter, but was able to hold off Omaha North for a 70-68 road victory Saturday night in Metro Conference boys basketball.
Central point guard Deandre Hollins-Johnson made both ends of a 1-and-1 free throws with 13 seconds left for a 70-65 lead and, because North had spent its timeouts, let the final five seconds run out after the Vikings' Bryan Littlejon made a 3-pointer.
“It was a really good game,'' Central coach Eric Behrens said. “We had to make some plays down the stretch.
“Ryan is doing a great job with their team and we're just happy to get out with a win.”
Nortth coach Ryan Mlnarik's team trailed by six at halftime and seven after three quarters in the packed North gym. The Vikings rallied to take a one-point lead on a banked-in 3 by Kameron Bradford, but Central (11-2) quickly re-established a five-point lead, Behrens said.
Aireon Porter had a game-high 17 points for the Vikings (7-4), with Zach Martin getting 16, Bradford 14 and Davion Reed 10.
Central's six-man playing rotation, for the first time this season, had double-digit scoring from all. Tra-Deon Hollins led with 14, Tre'Shawn Thurman and Nick Billingsley had 12 apiece and Akoy Agau, KJ Scott and Hollins-Johnson each had 10.
Omaha Central (11-2) ................. 19 19 15 17—70
At Omaha North (7-4) ................. 19 13 14 22—68
C: Akoy Agau 10, Nick Billingsley 12, Tra-Deon Hollins 14, Deandre Hollins-Johnson 10, Malik Harris 2, KJ Scott 10, Tre'Shawn Thurman 12.
N: Kameron Bradford 14, Justin Patton 4, Marquise Lewis 2, Zach Martin 17, Davion Reed 12, Aireon Porter 16, Bryan Littlejon 3