Neligh-Oakdale Stuns St. Cecilia in C2 Semis

LINCOLN – In an upset for the ages, 5-seed Neligh-Oakdale upset to-seed and prohibitive favorite Hastings St. Cecilia, 55-50 in the semi-finals of the Class C2 boys tournament.

The Warriors’ Grant White showed how dangerous a player he is when he’s feeling it. White hit six three-pointers and led all scorers with 30 points. Tyson Belitz added 14, and the Warriors hit 10 three-pointers as a team.

The loss spoiled a brilliant effort by St. Cecilia’s Blane Boyd, who finished with 25 points.

Neligh-Oakdale will play Ponca for the C2 title on Saturday, while St. Cecilia will face Elmwood-Murdock in a rematch of last year’s championship game in the consolation bracket.

BOX SCORE

1  2   3   4    F

NELIGH-OAKDALE – 11 15 17 12 55

ST. CECILIA               – 14 14 10 12 50

NELIGH-OAKDALE: G. White – 30 pts, L. McConnell – 3 pts, T. Belitz – 14 pts, A. Kerkman – 6 pts, N. Buck – 2 pts

ST. CECILIA –  G. Schmidt – 10 pts, A. Esch – 7 pts, G. Farmer – 6 pts, B. Boyd – 25 pts, M. Furman – 2 pts

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