LINCOLN – Another state championship trophy is coming to Nebraska City.
Lourdes Central Catholic defended its state title by taking down GACC 47-44 in the D1 State final at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday.
The Knights took a 20-19 lead into the break and extended the lead to five heading into the the fourth quarter, but the Bluejays wouldn’t go away. GACC hit big shots in the closing minutes to keep the game close.
With eight seconds remaining, and down by three, the Bluejays had a chance to tie after a missed free-throw, however the Knights defense kept GACC from getting off a potential game-tying shot.
Quinten Vasa led Lourdes with 19 points and five rebounds, while Hayden Miller scored 11 and grabbed nine boards.
Plagge and Mitchell Hass each put up 13 for GACC in the losing effort.
With the win Lourdes becomes the fourth program in D1 history to win back-to-back state titles.
GACC (16-14) 13 6 8 17 44
LOURDES CC (24-5) 13 7 12 15 47
GACC: Nolan Plagge-13, Mitchell Hass-13, Andrew Guenther-4, Kobe Slaughter-12, Landon Stalp-2
LCC: Ben Miller-3, Thomas Ragland-3, Hayden Miller-11, Quniten Vasa-19, Brock Hogeland-5, Brandon Friedrichs-6