- BOYS BASKETBALL: LATE FREE THROW HELPS WAVERLY UPSET NO. 2 BEATRICE
By Jeff Motz
Lincoln Prep Sports.com
A late free throw from Tyler Evans helped cap off what turned out to be an exciting senior day for the Waverly boys basketball team.
The 6-2 senior guard and Nebraska football recruit hit one of two free throws with 5.9 seconds remaining to lift the Vikings (8-11) past Class B No. 2 Beatrice 44-43 at Waverly Middle school Saturday afternoon.
The Orangemen rallied late when Trey Bardsley hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 43 with 1:51 left in the game. After a Waverly turnover, Beatrice stalled for the final shot. The Orangemen had a chance to take the lead, after Trevor Menke was fouled by Taylor Guenther with 16 seconds left. Menke missed the front end of the one and one, leaving Waverly the chance to go for the win.
Evans drove the middle of the lane and hit the second of two free-throws to give the Vikings the one-point advantage. Beatrice had a chance to win, but Tommie Bardsley was called for traveling with 0.5 seconds left and Derek Hilt inbounded the ball to Mavrick Minzel to run the clock out.
After a tied game at 12-12 at the end of the first quarter, Waverly went on a 13-0 run. A pair of free throws from Evans and three-pointers from Hilt, Luke Tewes and Nigel Stephenson contributed to the run, before Beatrice hit their first basket of the quarter when Bardsley scored inside with 2:15 left.
The Orangemen outscored the Vikings 10-2 the rest of the quarter as Waverly took a 27-22 halftime lead.
Evans led Waverly with 15 points, while Bardsley led all scorers with 20 points for Beatrice. Menke scored all of his 14 points in the first half.