Published Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:39 am
BASKETBALL
Omaha South flies to win

The Class A No. 2 Omaha South boys basketball team, after suffering its third setback of the season last week to Millard West, put on an aerial show Friday as the Packers blistered visiting No. 7 Omaha Westside 67-35.

Omaha South dominated the glass, outrebounding the Warriors 30-16, and featured a bevy of alley-oops, slam dunks and layups on offense as the Packers’ snapped Westside’s three-game winning streak.

Warriors coach Brian Nemecek said South’s size and athleticism made for multiple mismatches throughout the game.

“When you can jump higher, run faster and are quicker, you know, we’ve got to do a better job defensively,” Nemecek said. “When they shoot, you can’t stand and watch. You’ve got to put bodies on bodies.”

The Warriors trailed 12-10 early in the second quarter, but South was able to use its size and step up on defense to fuel a 17-4 run to finish the half and lead 29-14 at the break.

Packers coach Bruce Chubick said he was pleased with the way his defense played as South held Westside to 24.4 percent (11 of 45) shooting.

“We played really well, especially on the defensive end,” Chubick said. “Our intensity was where it needs to be. When we’re intense and get after people, we’re a decent team.”

Westside struggled from 3-point range, hitting 3 of 24 and missing its first eight.

Jake Koester, who scored 13 points, hit the Warriors’ first trey with less than seven minutes left in the third quarter.

The Packers shot 63.6 percent (28 of 44) from the floor and were led by Cameron Williams’ 16 points.

Williams made 6 of 8 from the field and was 4 of 5 from the foul line.

Chubick said he was surprised that his team almost doubled the point output of Westside given how the Warriors have been playing recently.

“We were sweating blood coming into this game, you know, we thought it would be a real battle, so I hope Westside’s not in our district,” Chubick said.

The Packers (20-3) close their regular season at Omaha North on Saturday.

Westside (10-11) ends its regular season Saturday when it hosts Millard North.

Nemecek said he expects his team to bounce back after the lumps the Warriors took from South.

“It happens every night in college basketball and NBA basketball. Sometimes you get beat soundly, and good athletes bounce back and compete, and I wouldn’t trade our guys for anybody in the world,” Nemecek said.

Omaha Westside (10-11) ................. 6 8 15 6—35

At Omaha South (20-3) ................. 10 19 22 16—67

OW: Kevin Metoyer 4-10 1-4 9, Sam Wilkinson 0-3 0-0 0, Mike Kiger 0-5 2-2 2, Jake Koester 6-8 0-0 13, Jordan Kellogg 0-2 0-0 0, Brandon Sladek 1-3 0-0 2, Jordan Hutfless 0-3 0-0 0, Brock Nemecek 1-4 0-0 3, Jake Meyers 0-3 0-0 0, KaVon Neelon 1-2 0-0 2, Trae Meeks 1-2 1-2 4. Totals 11-45 4-8 35.

OS: Bobby Lage 4-7 0-1 8, Tyler Hall 3-3 0-0 7, Orlando Blair 1-1 0-0 2, James Dumes 3-6 3-3 9, Cameron Williams 6-8 4-5 16, Buay Tuach 2-4 1-2 5, Arop Arop 2-4 0-0 4, Lyle Hexom 3-6 2-2 8, Kevin Harkins 4-5 0-1 8. Totals 28-44 10-14 67.

3-point field goals: OW 3-24 (Metoyer 0-2, Kiger 0-5, Koester 1-1, Sladek 0-2, Meyers 0-3, Wilkinson 0-2, Nemecek 1-4, Hutfless 0-2, Kellogg 0-1, Meeks 1-2); OS 1-3 (Hall 1-1, Lage 0-1, Dumes 0-1). Rebounds: OW 16, OS 30. Turnovers: OW 11, OS 11.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1201, sports@owh.com

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