Omaha Skutt showed why they are considered one of the best teams in Class B Friday night.
The Skyhawks defeated Beatrice 67-43 at the Ozone in Beatrice. It was the final home game of the season for the Orangemen.
Beatrice coach Tyler Struck said Omaha Skutt is as quick as they’ve been in past years, but they’ve gotten taller. He said they deserve a lot of credit, but said his team needs to knock down shots.
“We missed some shots that we have to make,” Struck said. “If you’re going to beat a top 10 team, or if you’re going to win a subdistrict game, you have to make those shots when you get to the rim and you have to knock down some of those wide open threes.”
Omaha Skutt opened with a 7-0 run and they would never trail in the game. Dillon Buss finally ended the run when he knocked down a three pointer and then followed it up with two free throws to make it 7-5.
The Skyhawks came right back, though, with a 10-0 run to extend the lead to 17-5. Buss ended the run with a basket in the post, but another basket by Skutt made it 19-7 after the first quarter.
Beatrice’s opened the second quarter with a 4-0 run after two free throws from Mahoney and a fast break layup by Colton Gronewold, making it 19-11.
After two straight baskets by Skutt, Mahoney came back with a three pointer to make it 24-16. Buss then answered a Skutt basket with a putback basket to keep the deficit at 10.
Omaha Skutt went on a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 32-16, but four straight points by Buss to finish the second quarter made it 32-20 at half time.
The Skyhawks scored the first points of the second half but Gronewold answered with a basket to make it 34-22. Brayden Frerichs then answered a Skutt three pointer with a basket of his own to make it 37-24.
After two Skyhawk free throws, Gronewold had a take to the basket to keep the deficit at 13.
Omaha Skutt went on a 5-0 run, but a three pointer by Logan Hutt made it 44-29. Caleb Wallman then answered a Skutt basket with a three point play to make it 46-32.
After another Skutt basket, Mahoney answered with a fast break lay-up to make it 52-26. Skutt scored four of the last six points of the second quarter to make it 54-36. Wallman had Beatrice’s two points during that stretch.
Skutt opened the fourth quarter with a free throw but Trevor Schmale answered with a three pointer to make it 55-39. After a Skutt basket, Buss hit two free throws to make it 57-41.
Gronewold answered a Skutt basket to make it 59-43, but that would be the last points of the game for Beatrice. Skutt ended the game with an 8-0 run to make the final score 67-43.
“I think Skutt is the most complete team in Class B,” Struck said. “Their starting lineup and two good guards off the bench and you have a solid rotation. Tonight, they made plays and we didn’t.”
Dillon Buss led the way for Beatrice with 15 points while Gronewold had eight and Mahoney had seven. Also scoring for Beatrice was Wallman with five, Hutt and Schmale with three each and Frerichs with two.
“This is my sixth year here and the last game in the Ozone is always an emotional one for our kids,” Struck said. “We always seem to start off jittery. Tonight, I think we went the other way and I think I had them too calm. And if you give Skutt an inch, they take a mile. If you miss those shots at the rim and then all of the sudden it’s a run out and they are getting baskets on the other end.”
Beatrice falls to 9-10 on the season and will be in action again next Friday when they travel to Grand Island to play Northwest.
Omaha Skutt improves their record to 16-3.