Published Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm / Updated at 12:26 am
No. 1 Central hands No. 7 Mustangs loss

Top-ranked Omaha Central turned in a crowd-pleasing performance Tuesday night against seventh-ranked Millard North.

The Eagles treated their home fans to five dunks en route to a 69-54 boys basketball victory over the seventh-ranked Mustangs. Four players scored in double figures for Central, which boosted its record to 16-2.

“I thought we were pretty solid tonight,” Eagles coach Eric Behrens said. “Our shot selection wasn’t that great in the first quarter, but we played better after that.”

The game was tied at 17 after the opening period as Central missed all six of its 3-point attempts. But the Eagles went on a 10-2 run to open the second quarter and Millard North was unable to get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Central won despite playing its third straight game without senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins. He suffered a high ankle sprain in practice last week and said after Tuesday night’s game that he might be out another two weeks.

The Eagles notched four first-half dunks — two from 6-foot-9 center Akoy Agau and one each from Tre’Shawn Thurman and Nick Billingsley — and grabbed a 35-26 halftime lead. That advantage grew to 18 early in the fourth quarter, and Agau notched his third and final dunk of the night a few minutes later.

“They were kind of trapping and scrambling there on defense at times,” Behrens said. “That opened up some things for us inside.”

Thurman led the Eagles with 14 points while Kevin Scott added 13, Billingsley 12 and Agau 11. Agau, a Louisville recruit, also yanked down 11 rebounds.

Millard North (7-8) was led by senior forward Josiah Gustafson. He scored a game-high 23 points, sinking six shots from the field and converting 10 of 12 free throws.

Zane Stull added 13 for the Mustangs, who play Saturday night at Omaha Creighton Prep.

The Eagles will play Saturday night at third-ranked Papillion-La Vista.

Millard North (7-8)................................17 9 9 19—54

At Omaha Central (16-2)...........................17 18 16 18—69

MN: Nick Roth 4, Zane Stull 13, Zarek Steed 4, Dylan Roth 3, Josiah Gustafson 23, Nate Walter 2, Brett Begley 3, David Seyler 2.

OC: Akoy Agau 11, Malik Harris 2, Kevin Scott 13, Deandre Hollins-Johnson 8, Nick Billingsley 12, LaTrell Jameson 2, Austin McGaugh 7, Tre'Shawn Thurman 14.

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