Published Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:12 am
BASKETBALL
Norris clamps down on Skutt in OT

Jakson Reetz deflected and downplayed his impact on Thursday night’s comeback win for Norris.

Then the Nebraska baseball commitment shed a little light on what it meant to beat Omaha Skutt.

“Getting the game to overtime might have turned the season for us,” said Reetz, who had a team-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.

It was the defense played by the 6-foot-1 junior on Skutt’s 6-4 senior forward, Brian Schwetschenau, that helped the Class B No. 5 Titans (13-4) rally from a 12-point deficit for a 69-58 road victory.

Schwetschenau scored 21 of his game-high 25 points in the first three quarters, then went 0 of 5 and missed two free throws in the fourth quarter.

“Reetz is a big boy, a good athlete,” Skutt coach Jon Burt said. “He was pushing Brian a little farther out on post-ups and changing his angles a bit.”

What Reetz did on defense also helped establish the Titans’ 6-foot-6 center, Tony Mainelli, as a factor. After getting only two rebounds — both putbacks — and a block in the first half, Mainelli ended with 10 rebounds and 10 blocks to go with six points.

“It just took him a little time to get started,” Reetz said.

Norris scored the last five points of the third quarter on a 3 by Reetz and a layup by James Kruger to cut Skutt’s 10-point lead in half.

No. 10 Skutt (13-7) managed five points in the fourth quarter, getting only one basket before Ty O’Brien sent the game to overtime on a 3 from the left wing with 8.5 seconds left.

“It wasn’t the offense, it was the defense,” Burt said. “We did such a beautiful job for 22 minutes of keeping them out of the lane and challenging shots.

“We just flat-out quit playing defense.”

In overtime, Dylan Bohlke’s opening 3-pointer gave the Titans the lead for good. Schwetschenau had a chance for a 3-point play, getting fouled after scoring off his 16th rebound of the game, but missed the free throw.

Norris then finished off the win by going 12 of 14 from the line. Reetz was 6 of 6 and Bohlke 5 of 6.

Logan Dorn gave the Titans 17 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half. Bohlke scored 10 of his 12 points in the game’s final 10 minutes.

Zach Legband, Skutt’s 6-8 senior center, had 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks before fouling out in overtime.

Norris coach Chris Boesiger said he was banking on his depth by using 10 players in the first three quarters before going to his starters for the fourth quarter and overtime.

“I think it was a combination of things,’’ Boesiger said. “Schwetschenau didn’t get much of a break and Jakson probably did.

“Jakson’s a great competitor and defender and a good one to have on (Schwetschenau).”

Norris (13-4) ................. 12 13 19 10 15—69

At Omaha Skutt (13-7) ................. 18 17 14 5 4—58

N: Dylan Bohlke 2-9 7-8 12, Jakson Reetz 6-9 8-10 22, Logan Dorn 7-16 0-0 17, James Kruger 2-6 3-4 7, Tony Mainelli 3-6 0-2 6, Jake Peterson 1-2 1-2 3, Bryce Peterson 0-1 0-0 0, Byron Hood 0-2 0-0 0, Josh Gutzmer 1-4 0-0 2, Halston Hartley 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 19-26 69.

S: Ty O’Brien 4-12 1-3 10, Luke Maass 2-9 0-0 4, Ryan Bouda 1-2 0-1 2, Brian Schwetschenau 9-17 6-10 25, Zach Legband 6-12 3-4 15, Isaiah Ramsey 0-2 0-0 0, Chris Harrison 1-10 0-0 2, Austin Trout 0-3 0-0 0, Creighton Koley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-68 10-18 58.

3-point goals: N 6-18 (Bohlke 1-4, Reetz 2-3, Dorn 3-8, Gutzmer 0-2, Hartley 0-1), S 2-19 (O’Brien 1-4, Maass 0-2, Schwetschenau 1-2, Ramsey 0-2, Harrison 0-3, Trout 0-3, Harrison 0-1). Total fouls: N 18, S 22. Fouled out: Legband. Technicals: none. Turnovers: N 15, S 17. Rebounds: N 39 (Reetz, Mainelli 10), S 45 (Schwetschenau 16). Field-goal percentage: N .379, S .338. Free-throw percentage: N .731, S .556. Officials: Wells, Wells, Draeger. A: 500 (est.).

Contact the writer: Stu Pospisil

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Stu Pospisil has been The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports since 1990 and for golf since 1988. He primarily covers football in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter and track and field in the spring.

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