- CLASS A BOYS BASKETBALL: South Races Past Northeast To Earn Spot In Title Game
By Jeff Motz
Omaha South found a spark in the second quarter and hit cruise control.
The Packers (23-3) used a 13-2 scoring run in the second quarter to set the tone the rest of the game and earned a 61-38 victory over Lincoln Northeast on Friday night in the Class A Boys State Basketball Tournament semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
South now plays Omaha Creighton Prep for the Class A championship Saturday at 6:30pm. The Junior Jays blasted defending Class A state champ Bellevue West 75-48 in the other Friday semifinal.
The Packers started the second quarter run with a 10-9 lead until Karlon McSpadden and Makoor Arop hit back to back three-pointers. Northeast countered with a basket from Ryan Garver, then South scored seven straight points from McSpadden, Caleal Walker and Monte McGary.
The Rockets couldn't recover, after falling behind 39-25 in the third quarter. From the field, Northeast shot 29 percent on 13-of-44 shooting and 45 percent from the free throw line, 9-of-20 behind the charity stripe.
McSpadden shared the honors with Noah Fant, each pouring in 15 points to lead South to the state championship game for the first time since 2012. The Packers are still searching for their first title since 1990, when they beat Northeast 65-53. Walker came off the bench and added 13 points for South and McGary chipped in 10 points in the win.
Northeast was led by sophomore guard Tyson Shadegg's 10 points.