Crete boys clinch second seed

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CreteBBB_mach1-08webThe Crete High boys’ basketball team clinched the No. 2 seed in the B-4 district tournament Saturday after a 58-42 win at Seward. The Cardinals completed a 1-1 week after a 54-32 home loss to Waverly in a Tuesday makeup game.

Crete takes a 10-10 season record into their regular season finale at Nebraska City, which tips off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Cardinals will take on Seward again in the semifinal round of the B-4 district tourney Monday at Lincoln Southwest. Tip-off time is 6:30. Beatrice, the top seed, will take on either York or Schuyler in Monday's first semifinal at 5.

Monday's winners will meet in the final Tuesday at 6.

Cole said that Crete’s challenge in a district rematch with Seward would be off the floor.

“Our biggest problem will be our mental focus,” he said. “We have to completely forget this game and concentrate on a totally new game against the same opponent.”

Waverly 54, Crete 32

The Cardinals hit just 2 of 20 from the floor in the second half and missed all 11 of their field goal tries in the fourth quarter in Tuesday’s loss to the Vikings.

Crete led 20-15 midway through the second quarter after Derek McGinnis made three free throws following a foul behind the arc. After that, things started to go downhill for the Cardinals.

The Vikings outscored Crete 10-2 before the halftime buzzer sounded to take a 25-22 lead into intermission. Waverly went on a 14-0 run to start the third quarter, as Brandon Janssen scored eight of his shared game-high 19 points.

Crete 58, Seward 42

The Cardinals survived a second-quarter scoring drought, shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in the second half and pulled away from the Bluejays Friday in Seward.

A McGinnis three-pointer late in the first quarter gave Crete the lead for good, and four consecutive free throws by the sharp-shooting senior put Crete on top 21-14 with 5:43 left in the first half.

For more on last week's games, see the Feb. 22 print or E-editions of The Crete News.