The defending champs aren’t done yet.
A pair of big runs and two big scorers proved to be double trouble Wednesday night for Fort Calhoun as Boys Town got 25 points from David Austen and 19 out of KZ Williams in a 69-52 win in the C1-3 subdistrict final at Omaha Roncalli.
The victory puts the unranked Cowboys, who began the season second in Class C-1, into a district final against No. 1 Wahoo on Monday night, a rematch of last year’s state championship game.
An 18-3 second-quarter run gave Boys Town some breathing room before a 20-3 spurt in the third quarter put it away.
“It felt like 100-3,” Pioneers coach Ron Coughlin said.
The Cowboys forced 10 turnovers in the third quarter, grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and outscored the Pioneers 20-6. After Fort Calhoun cut its lead to 35-28 to open the second half, Boys Town ran off the next nine points and 20 of the next 23.
Cowboys coach Tom Krehbiel said it started on defense.
“We got tips and turnovers,” he said. “We defended. At times that’s been there this season and at other times it hasn’t. The last two weeks I think our kids are starting to see how important that is.”
The Cowboys also got 11 points and 12 rebounds from senior post Brady Mutschler.
Fort Calhoun was led by 14 points from senior Jordan Kann. Teammates Jaden Boudle and Kellon Johnson added 11 and 10, respectively.
But the Pioneers were done in by 30 turnovers.
“Their quickness got to us,” Coughlin said. “They’re relentless defensively. We knew it was going to be tough.”
Krehbiel’s team is now one win — albeit one big win — from its fifth trip to the state tournament in six years. Boys Town, which played a grueling schedule this season, enters Monday’s district final on a four-game winning streak, tied for its longest of the year.
“The thing about this team is they don’t quit,” Krehbiel said. “It’s been a bumpy road with some rough stretches. But it’s made us stronger.”
Boys Town (16-8).....................16 19 20 14—69
Fort Calhoun (19-6).................13 12 6 21—52
BT: KZ Williams 19, Daquan Johnson 8, Drequan McNeil-Smith 4, David Austen 25, Khyalil Hawkins 2, Brady Mutschler 11.
FC: Jaden Boudle 11, Lucas Lazure 4, Jordan Kann 14, Kellon Johnson 10, James Rathjen 2, Tyler Pace 2, Joe Genoways 4, Trae Bradburn 5.
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