Max Masin scored 16 points to pace the Indians, who finished the season 30-1.
Logan Kingsbury scored 12 of his 18 points in the first quarter as Ponca defeated BRLD, 50-33, in a Class C-2 semifinal.
Ponca scored 26 first-quarter points, led 43-9 at halftime and then coasted to an opening-round win.
The World-Herald's Stu Pospisil put together capsules previewing the upcoming boys state basketball tournament.
When the two teams met just 10 days ago, Ponca defeated the Bulldogs by 33 points on their home floor. Monday night, the Indians earned a return trip to state with a 68-36 win.
When Oak Hill and Sunrise Christian had been to the Heartland Hoops Classic, they played Goliath to the local underdogs, Omaha and Papillion kids with the same first two numbers in their zip codes.
Class C-1 No. 2 Winnebago squared its season series with Class C-2 No. 2 Ponca with Tuesday night’s 52-50 win, ending Ponca’s winning streak at 25 games.
BATTLE CREEK — Trailing No. 2 Ponca by 10 points with four minutes left in Friday’s Class C-2 football quarterfinal, the fourth-ranked Battle Creek Braves needed a rally worthy of ESPN’s Instant Classics.
Defense and a healthy helping of ground-and-pound offense resulted in a winning recipe for Ponca.
With Battle Creek's defense clogging the running lanes, Logan Kingsbury did some temporary plumbing.
No. 2-rated Ponca captured its first state title since 2007 with a 52-45 victory over No. 4 Neligh-Oakdale in the Class C-2 state tournament championship game Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Ponca advanced to the Class C-2 championship with a 50-45 win over Elmwood-Murdock.
LINCOLN — Ponca was making its first trip to state since 2012, but the current group looked quite comfortable on their new stage.
In a game highlighted by second half scoring runs, Howells-Dodge had the last one Friday to earn a 47-44 victory over Ponca in the semifinals of the Class C-2 girls state basketball tournament.
Ponca’s constant pressure keyed a late comeback to move the C-2 No. 7 Indians into the second round of the state tournament with a 45-43 upset of No. 3 Hastings St. Cecilia on Thursday night.
It was the second offensive rebound of the night for Ponca, not the first, but did it pack a punch.
Winnebago won its fourth consecutive Lewis & Clark Conference boys basketball tournament title Monday night, beating Ponca 51-41.
A turnaround at the free-throw line helped the Pierce boys hold off a Ponca rally.
Tired legs cramped Lutheran High Northeast's style in the second half, but the Eagles were flossy fresh in the first half of their 43-14 season-opening win over Ponca at Veterans Memorial Field on Thursday.
One of the stranger endings to a game happened in the first Class C-2 quarterfinal of the day at Lincoln North Star. With top-ranked Crofton blowing out Ponca, the second half turned to a running clock and provided a finish that is rarely seen.
Late in the first half, Crofton senior Quinn Wragge took a pass from sophomore Kelsey Sanger, turned around and hit a nifty layup with two seconds left in the first half against Ponca.
There were numerous momentum swings when the Ponca and Randolph girls basketball teams took to the court here Thursday. But none of those momentum swings were more important than Ponca scoring 15 points in the final 3 minutes, 46 seconds to take home a 54-49 victory.