Published Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm / Updated at 12:48 am
Packers rally to take down Bunnies

Omaha South made two of its first 20 shots and trailed Omaha Benson after each of the first three quarters.

But it was the preseason No. 2 Packers who won 72-61 in Saturday’s final of the OPS Jamboree season-opening boys basketball tournament.

“With the teams we play, everybody is probably going to be (close to) us at halftime,” South coach Bruce Chubick said.

His team (2-0) took its first lead in the third quarter and then outscored the No. 4 Bunnies (1-1), who led by 14 in the first half, 29-14 in the final eight minutes. Senior guard Cam Williams contributed nine of his game-high 19 points, including a pair of 3-point plays.

Bobby Lage had seven of his 13 points in the final period, including a swipe of a Benson inbounds pass for a layup that wiped out the Bunnies’ final lead of the game.

“Their guards always are after you,” Benson coach Donnie Johnson said. “They get their hands in the passing lanes.”

The Bunnies had a 28-14 lead midway through the second quarter, but left points on the court. They made only nine of their first 19 free throws and missed the two one-and-one opportunities they had.

South went on a 10-2 run, with Williams going 5 of 6 at the line, to claw back into the game. It trailed 32-26 at halftime.

“We weren’t getting into our tempo because of fouls,” said Chubick, whose team had 17 fouls before halftime. “I wasn’t going to stop working the officials, but most of the fouls were legit.”

The Packers took the lead for good at 51-49 on Tyler Hall’s floater with 5:43 left in the game. After Benson’s Khyri Thomas made a 3 to cut South’s lead to 58-56, Williams scored seven of the 11 points in the two-minute run.

Lyle Hexom, a 6-foot-8 senior, came off the bench for 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Packers. Buay Tuach had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Thomas, a 6-4 junior, had 13 points and six rebounds for Benson. Mar’Shun Stewart had 11 points and 6-8 junior Thik Bol 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds before fouling out.

“With Benson, they match our size and match our numbers,” Chubick said. “I think they have a good team.”

Omaha Benson (1-1)........................12 20 15 14—61
At Omaha South (2-0).......................6 20 17 29—72

B: Khyri Thomas 5-13 2-2 13, Mar'Shun Stewart 3-12 3-4 11, Michael Bradley 1-6 0-1 3, Deion Wells-Ross 1-6 2-2 4, Thik Bol 4-7 2-5 10, Brandon Reed 3-3 0-0 6, Danny Barfield 1-2 5-10 7, Caleb de Lima 0-0 0-0 0, Maurice Buckley 0-0 2-2 2, Tyrone Clayton 0-0 1-2 1, William Curtis 0-3 0-0 0, Tyree Peter 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 20-55 17-29 61.

S: Bobby Lage 4-13 3-3 13, Tyler Hall 3-8 2-3 9, Cam Williams 5-12 9-16 19, Buay Tuach 6-14 0-0 12, Kevin Harkins 0-1 1-5 1, Lyle Hexom 5-9 0-1 10, James Dumes 2-4 0-0 4, Arop Arop 1-4 2-2 4, Marquise Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Orlando Blair 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-65 17-31 72.

3-point goals: B 4-20 (Thomas 1-5, Stewart 2-9, Bradley 0-5, Barfield 0-1), S 3-9 (Lage 2-5, Hall 1-3, Williams 0-1). Total fouls: B 27, S 26. Fouled out: Bol, Wells-Ross. Technicals: none. Turnovers: B 17, S 16. Rebounds: B 42 (Bol 9), S 51 (Hexom 13). Field-goal percentage: B .364, S .400. Free-throw percentage: B .586, S .531. Officials: Kalina, Podjenski, Arvin. A: 600 (est.)

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