Kevin Dineen was having a forgettable offensive night. That is until the Creighton Prep senior hit the biggest shot of the night.

Dineen’s 3-pointer with 3:15 left gave the Top 10 No. 10 Junior Jays the lead for good, and they went on to a 52-46 win over No. 7 Millard North on Saturday night.

“I knew one had to fall eventually, and it did,” Dineen said. “You just got to keep thinking the next one’s going in.”

Dineen was 1 of 10 from the field before his 3-pointer gave Prep a 45-42 lead. He followed that up by scoring on a backdoor cut on Prep’s next possession to make it 47-42.

Dineen secured the win by hitting 4 of 4 free throws in the final minute as he scored nine of his team-high 14 points in the final 3:15.

“Huge hit from the Dineen kid. That’s good execution on their part,” North coach Chip Bahe said of the 3-pointer. “I was proud how we never say die. We got it to three and had a couple of possessions (to tie it), but we just didn’t get a break.”

After trailing by as many as six points in the second quarter, Prep (9-7) led most of the second half — its biggest lead also was six. Prep coach Josh Luedtke said he liked how his team kept its composure in the tight contest.

“For the most part down the stretch, I thought we did a decent job of working to get the right shots from the right people at the right time,” Luedtke said.

The Junior Jays were composed at the free throw line throughout the night. Prep hit its first 16 attempts and finished 16 of 17. Its only miss was its final attempt with four seconds left and the win already secured.

The Junior Jays had gone 0 of 5 from the line Friday night when they lost 49-43 at No. 2 Omaha South.

“That’s a credit to the kids to come back from that,” Luedtke said.

Millard North senior Josiah Gustafson led all scorers with 15 points. But Prep was able to contain the 6-foot-5 senior as he went 4 of 16 from the field.

The Mustangs managed to make only one field goal in the game’s final 11 minutes.

“For most of the year, we’ve been pretty good defensively,” Luedtke said. “Our problem has been scoring. I was telling some of my assistants today that I thought the first one to 50 would win. We just have to get to that magic 50 mark.”

Alex Allbery hit two 3-pointers and added 11 points for the Junior Jays. Prep made eight treys on the night.

Zane Stull chipped in 12 points and four rebounds for the Mustangs. Millard North (7-9) had won three straight before losing to Omaha Central on Tuesday and then to Prep on Saturday.

“We’re playing pretty good basketball,” Bahe said. “I like how we’re playing right now, and I like how we’re competing.”

Millard North (7-9) ................. 14 8 16 8—46

At Creighton Prep (9-7) ................. 10 16 13 13—52

MN: Nick Roth 1-2 0-0 2, Zane Stull 4-13 2-2 12, Zarek Steed 3-4 0-0 8, Josiah Gustafson 4-16 6-8 15, David Seyler 1-1 0-0 2, Nate Walter 2-3 2-4 7, Brett Begley 0-1 0-0 0, Dillon Nelson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-41 10-14 46.

CP: Michael Emodi 2-3 1-1 5, Pat Broderick 1-4 0-0 3, Kevin Dineen 3-12 6-6 14, Drew Homa 3-5 2-2 10, Alex Allbery 2-4 5-6 11, Kirk Kudlacz 1-4 2-2 4, Jason Allbery 2-4 0-0 5, Pat Kirby 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-37 16-17 52.

3-point goals: MN 6-19 (Steed 2-2, Stull 2-8, Walter 1-2, Gustafson 1-6, Roth 0-1); CP 8-21 (A. Allberg 2-3, Homa 2-4, Dineen 2-9, Broderick 1-2, J. Allbery 1-2, Kirby 0-1). Rebounds: MN 23 (Gustafson, Stull, Seyler 4); CP 27 (Emodi 5). Turnovers: MN 7, CP 8. Fouled out: None. Technicals; None.

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