2018 Nebraska Boys State Basketball Championships

Our sports reporters and myself covered 11 games over three days during this years’ tournament in Lincoln, Neb. The first day (Thursday) started out at various Lincoln area high schools and The Bob Devaney Sports Center. On Friday all of the games I covered were at the Devaney Sports Center and on Saturday all championship games are held at Pinnacle Bank Arena. We had three boys basketball teams that made it to their championship games on the final day, but unfortunately all three lost.

Hastings St. Cecilia junior Ashton Valentine clenches his fists in the air while running back to the team bench to celebrate a 39-36 victory over Yutan during a Class C2 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Arcadia Loup-City senior Macrae Maschka is guarded closely by Mason Timm of Yutan during a Class C2 Boys State Basketball Tournament game at Southeast High School Thursday.

Heartland head coach Clark Ribble yells out as freshman Nolan Boehr signifies a three-pointer in the fourth quarter during a Class D1 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game against Kenesaw Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Kenesaw won 47-39.

Grand Island Central Catholic freshman Russell Martinez passes around Lincoln Christian’s Caleb Canfield during a Class C1 Boys State Basketball Tournament game Thursday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Lincoln Christian won 69-58.

Cole Taft, Brenden Lemerond, Kyler Sipple and Cooper Knobbe who call themselves the H2O specialists, wear green bow ties and suspenders while watching their team from Falls City Sacred Heart play Riverside in the 2018 Class D2 Boys State Basketball Championship game Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Falls City Sacred Heart won 59-42.

Kenesaw players celebrate in the closing seconds during a Class D1 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game against Heartland Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Kenesaw won 47-39.

Heartland head coach Clark Ribble gives a towel to senior Lane Huebert who comes out of the game with a reoccurring cut above his eye during a Class D1 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game against Kenesaw Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Kenesaw won 47-39.

Hastings St. Cecilia senior Trey Asher takes a foul shot against Yutan during a Class C2 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Hastings St. Cecilia won 39-36.

Hastings St. Cecilia players celebrate in the fourth quarter against Yutan during a Class C2 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Hastings St. Cecilia won 39-36.

Hastings St. Cecilia head coach Kevin Asher yells out to his players during a Class C2 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game against Yutan Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Hastings St. Cecilia won 39-36.

Riverside sophomore Trey Carraher guards Kayden Licking of Mullen during a Class D2 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Riverside senior Riley Swerczek shoots a three-pointer against Mullen during a Class D2 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Riverside head coach Joe Imus kneels in thought during a Class D2 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game against Mullen Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Riverside won 66-59.

Kenesaw senior Tyson Burr guards Samuel Baumert of Lourdes Central Catholic during the 2018 Class D1 Boys State Basketball Championship game Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Lourdes Central Catholic beat Kenesaw 32-25.

Kenesaw senior Jacob Weiler (15) guards Ben Miller of Lourdes Central Catholic during the 2018 Class D1 Boys State Basketball Championship game Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Lourdes Central Catholic beat Kenesaw 32-25.

Ponca players jump into a dogpile while celebrating their 50-40 victory over Hastings St. Cecilia during the 2018 Class C2 Boys State Basketball Championship game Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

Hastings St. Cecilia senior Trevor Leach goes up against Ponca’s Carter Kingsbury during the 2018 Class C2 Boys State Basketball Championship game Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Ponca won 50-40.

Hastings St. Cecilia junior Ashton Valentine looks to pass while guarded by Ponca’s Carter Kingsbury, left, and Max Masin during the 2018 Class C2 Boys State Basketball Championship game Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Ponca won 50-40.

Ponca’s Max Masin, Conner Day and Dalton Tremayne surround Myles Furman of Hastings St. Cecilia Max as he tries to shoot the ball during the 2018 Class C2 Boys State Basketball Championship game Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Ponca won 50-40.

Mullen assistant coach Justin Moore gets fired up while filling in for his brother Rusty during a Class D2 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game against Riverside Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Giltner sophomore Rody Lyon drives around Drew Bippes of Falls City Sacred Heart during a Class D2 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Riverside players become emotional in the closing minute against Falls City Sacred Heart during the 2018 Class D2 Boys State Basketball Championship game Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Falls City Sacred Heart won 59-42.

 

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