Millard West got top-ranked Omaha Central into a little early foul trouble.
Hardly enough to stop the Eagles’ express from picking up its 39th consecutive victory in boys basketball.
Akoy Agau had 20 points and the Eagles batted .800 on dunks — eight made, two missed — in a 70-51 victory Friday night over the previously undefeated Wildcats.
Central (3-0) is now two games away from the Class A record of 41 by Grand Island, which ended in the 1948-49 season.
The Eagles host preseason No. 10 Omaha Burke at 5 p.m. Saturday in their final game before their appearance in the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., that begins Tuesday.
It took some time for the Eagles to gain control of their game with Millard West and unleash their dunkers.
They led 19-16 with 5:08 left in the first half before embarking on a 10-0 spurt over the next three minutes. UNO recruit Nick Billingsley started it with two free throws, then KJ Scott and Tra-Deon Hollins scored before two free throws from Austin McGaugh and a second-chance basket by Scott made it 29-16 with 1:50 left.
Scott finished with 15 points and Hollins 12.
“They have a good team, so we had to compete,” Central coach Eric Behrens said. “I thought we played offense pretty effectively in the middle two quarters.”
Behrens went deeper into his bench than in either of Central’s first two games because 6-foot-6 junior Tre’Shawn Thurman picked up two fouls in the game’s first four minutes and Billingsley got his second foul in the second period.
“(The officials) were calling things significantly tighter than when we saw in our first two games,” Behrens said.
Millard West’s leading scorer, Connor Lusso, at times was guarded by Thurman, Tra-Deon Hollins and Agau. Both of Thurman’s early fouls were against Lusso.
But the 6-6 senior, who had 31 points last week against Burke, made only 2 of 7 free throws and was 0 of 2 from the field in the first half. Lusso finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
“He initiates a lot of contact,” Behrens said. “He’s like a bull in the china shop, and he’s good in getting guys in foul trouble.”
West coach Bill Morrison said Lusso was trying to do too much.
“He’s a better player than that,” Morrison said.
Josh Lallman had 15 points to lead Millard West.
The third quarter, after No. 7 West (5-1) trailed 33-22 at halftime, is where Morrison felt the game got away from his team. Central outscored the Wildcats 21-10 — including four dunks — for a 54-32 lead.
“They made their run because we started turning it over,” he said. “That’s the thing we said before the game, that you can’t turn it over and give them layups.
“You have to play almost a perfect game to beat them.”
Omaha Central (3-0) ................. 13 20 21 16—70
At Millard West (5-1) ................. 9 13 10 19—51
C: Akoy Agau 20, KJ Scott 15, Tra-Deon Hollins 12, Deandre Hollins-Johnson 5, Tre’Shawn Thurman 3, Nick Billingsley 8, Austin McGaugh 3, Reath Nyoach 2, Jon Allee 2.
MW: Joey Koca 3, Josh Lallman 15, Connor Lusso 11, Spencer Sharp 7, Ben Kositzke 10, Nick Hargis 5.
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