LINCOLN – Exeter-Milligan (21-5) battled hard through the first 2.5 quarters Thursday, trailing only 41-35 against No. 2 Riverside about halfway through the third.
The Chargers (23-0) ended the third quarter on a 9-2 run to go up 13 points, and rode that wave the rest of the way in a 67-48 victory over the No. 7 Timberwolves in the quarterfinals of the Class D2 boys’ state basketball tournament at Lincoln East High School.
A large part of Riverside’s success offensively ran through junior guard Tredyn Prososki, who dropped a game-high 32 points – 15 of those coming from three.
The Chargers were potent from long range all game Thursday, knocking down eight shots from beyond the arc. Exeter-Milligan made only two.
Defensively, Riverside’s Joseph Bloom was a handful – literally. The 6-7 senior forward blocked six shots to go with his 10 points.
Bloom leads all players in Class D2 with 100 blocks on the season.
Sophomore Michael Bernt also chipped in with 13 points in the Chargers’ win.
Exeter-Milligan came ready to play, and they even led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Timberwolves showed a balanced scoring effort offensively, as they had for most of the season.
Sophomore forward Jackson Beethe led the way 14 points – eight of those came in the first quarter. Seniors Johnny Babula and Spencer Pribyl each scored a dozen in their final career game.
The Timberwolves’ seven seniors – Babula, Pribyl, Colton Bossaller, Theron Odvody, Mitch Manning, Trever Zelenka and Luis Jaegermann, finished their four-year careers with a 60-31 record.
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