Heartland boys advance in SNC at Superior's expense

Heartland senior Lincoln Ruybalid (12) shoots over Superior Wildcat Colton May in SNC tourney action Monday night in Henderson.


HENDERSON — The Huskies of host Heartland took a lead of double at the end of the first period and kept it that way to the end against Superior in the boys' Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament on Monday.

Coach Jon Baehr's Heartland crew was up 23-12 at halftime, built its cushion to 22 points after three, 38-16, then ran in the subs and won by 30 points, 56-22.

The Huskies held the ball until triggering their final play of the first period, one that set up Cole Nickels for a three. The long bomb went in and Heartland was up 9-4.

Tyler Brown ran it to 12-4 by pilfering a steal, racing for the layup and drawing the foul. The sophomore's old-fashioned three was followed by a two from Colton Siebert with the assist to Nickels. Lincoln Ruybalid shot from the perimeter, then hustled into the paint where he got his own offensive rebound and put it back in. Brent Regier, the Huskies' 6-8 senior, got an offensive rebound, then netted a smooth jumper with an assist from Nickels.

That forced Superior coach Luke Chadwell to call timeout with his Wildcats in big trouble at 20-5 at 4:18 of the second period.

Brown opened scoring in the fourth with a trey that drew nothing but net and put Superior in a 28-12 hole. By the time Jordan Heinrichs canned a trey and Regier scored from point-blank range with an assist from Heinrichs it was out of hand, 37-16.

Heinrichs planted a trey in the string with 7:50 to play in the game, then drove the paint for two more. Regier scored again and Ruybalid put an offensive rebound back to make it a 49-17 runaway.

The contest ended when Alex Hostler lofted an alley-oop pass to Brown for Heartland's final bucket.

“It wasn't our prettiest game,” said Baehr after the final horn. “Our guys adjusted” and won despite a disjointed looking game.

“We play extremely hard on defense, but we have got to stop fouling,” he said, acknowledging the youthfulness of his troupe.

And the offense?

“We were pretty balanced,” he said, running an index finger down a scoring column that had players with 14, 12 and 10 points, “but we didn't shoot free throws very well.”

The Huskies hit 20 field goals in all, four of which from three, and went 12-22 at the line. For Superior it was just seven total field goals, one a 3-pointer, and 7-18 free throws.

The Huskies move on to the quarterfinal round in the SNC tourney tonight when they hit the road to meet David City at 7 p.m.

Superior ................. 4 8 5 5—22

Heartland .................. 9 14 17 16—56

S: B. Bayles 0 0-2 0, J. Hawley 1 1-2 3, N. Wilt 1 3-7 5, T. Robb 1 1-2 3, R. Jurgensmeier 0 0-1 0, G. Caldwell 3 0-2 6, C. Isom 1 (1) 2-2 5. Totals 7 (1) 7-18 22

H: A. Hostler 0 0-2 0, L. Ruybalid 2 1-2 5, D. Driewer 0 1-2 1, J. Heinrichs 6 (2) 0-0 14, C. Nickels 2 (1) 2-2 7, T. Brown 3 (1) 3-3 10, C. Siebert 2 3-9 7, B. Regier 5 2-2 12. Totals - 20 (4) 12-22 56

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