Nebraska State Championships Show Youthful Promise

One senior stood out in the Nebraska Class A title in Deverell Biggs, but it was the bright future shown by sophomores Mike Gesell and Jalen Bradley along with 6-7 freshman Akoy Agau that had people buzzing this week in Lincoln.

A Championship: Omaha Central 71, Norfolk 58

6-2 Deverell Biggs had played on two state title teams, but this one belonged to him as he scored 19 points and handed out four assists to lead his team in the second half, as they broke open a 33-29 half-time game, to win a 71-59 victory over Norfolk. Biggs led the offense getting the ball inside to 6-7 freshman Akoy Agau, where he dominated on both ends of the court.

Biggs led Central in scoring, while Agau just missed a triple-double scoring 18 points, pulling down 15 rebounds and blocking nine shots. They received solid support from Sean McGary who chipped in with 16 points. Norfolk was led by Brady Lollman with 21 points, and he got solid support from their super sophomore shooter, 6-0 Jalen Bradley who finished with 19 points including five 3-pointers. He set a tournament record with 13 3-pointers in Lincoln.

B Championship: South Sioux City 60, Omaha Skutt 56

This one was close throughout and South Sioux City had to come from five down in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Then jumped out to a 56-51 lead on a three by Austin Groth in the overtime over Skutt. But. it was in doubt until the final seconds when 6-0 sophomore Mike Gesell hit a free throws to give them a 60-56 advantage with four seconds to play.

Mike Gesell led the way with 29 points, 10 boards and handed out six assists in a monster game, but like his teammates he struggled from the line (five of eleven). The team was 8-for-21 shooting free throws after hitting 26 of 27 in their first meeting. Gesell got solid support from Austin Groth with 18 points. Skutt was led by 6-9 James Jajek with 18 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Youth was definitely the buzz word in Lincoln, as the future of Nebraska High school ball looks bright.

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