Falls City Sacred Heart claimed its first MUDECAS A Division Championship since 2004 Saturday night at the Beatrice City Auditorium.
The Irish defeated Freeman 36-28 in the championship game, avenging a loss to the Falcons earlier in the season at the Freeman Holiday Tournament.
"This is big for us," said Sacred Heart coach Doug Goltz. "We haven't won this since 2004 and it's good to beat Freeman. Years ago, it was hard to beat Filley and it was hard to beat Adams and tonight, we beat them both. It's good for us and these good games will help us down the road."
It was defense that was on display in this year's championship.
"Jim (McLaughlin) runs such a good zone," Goltz said. "You don't get many good looks at the basket and we were a little undersized with their length, so it's hard to get the ball inside, but I thought we did a better job of attacking than we did in the holiday tournament."
Goltz said they countered with a zone defense of their own after playing man-to-man at the holiday tournament.
"(Freeman) is so good at being patient with their man-to-man offense," Goltz said. "So I thought we did a better job in the zone, especially eliminating some of those easier baskets in the second half."
Theo Rohrer opened the game with a basket for Falls City Sacred Heart, but Tyler Adams came back with four straight points to give Freeman a 4-2 lead.
The rest of the first quarter belonged to Tyler Witt, has he scored five straight points to give the Irish a 7-4 lead after one quarter.
Drew Bippes extended the lead with a steal and layup and Witt followed that up with four straight points to extend the lead to 13-4. Adams ended the run with a basket to make it 13-6, but Bippes came back with a baskeet to make it 15-6.
Freeman finished the first half on a 9-0 run. A three pointer by Trey Yates ignited the run and a basket in the post by Adams made it 15-11. Baskets by Blake Kastanek and Kaleb Unvert capped the run, making it 15-15 at the half.
Yates ignited the Freeman crowd with back-to-back three pointers to start the second half, giving the Falcons a 21-15 lead.
Rohrer, Witt and Bippes all scored baskets to tie the game at 21-21. Rohrer finished the third quarter scoring with two free throws to make it 23-21.
Keithley opened the fourth quarter with a three pointer, but a basket in the post by Adams made it 26-23.
Jake Hoy's free throw followed by baskets from Rohrer and Bippes extended the Irish lead to 31-23.
Logan Anderson's putback basket ended the Irish run and Gabe Eisenbarth's three pointer made it 31-28 with 44 seconds left.
Freeman came up empty on their next possession and the Irish would knock down five free throws down the stretch o get the 36-28 win.
"The second half, we kind of pulled it together," Goltz said. "We took care of the ball. Our defense was really good all night."
Witt led the way for the Irish with 12 points while Bippes and Rohrer had eight points each. Keithley had five points and Hoy had three points.
Adams led Freeman with 10 points while Yates had nine. Eisenbarth had three points while Anderson, Unvert and Kastanek had two points each.
The weather postponements on Tuesday forced the Irish to play two nights in a row, something he thinks will help them down the road.
"If we make it to state, it's three games in three days," Goltz said. "So I like that we were able to battle two good teams on back to back days and come out on top."
Boys A Division scores
Third place: Johnson Brock 50, BDS 29
Consolation: Tri County 68, Palmyra 53
Consolation: Parkview Christian 57, Diller-Odell 44
Boys A All-Jane White Team
Tyler Witt, Sacred Heart
Trey Yates, Freeman
Drew Bippes, Sacred Heart
Tyler Adams, Freeman
Theo Rohrer, Sacred Heart
Peyton Mohr, Diller-Odell
Rashad Woods, Parkview Christian
Drew Bessey, Palmyra
Riley Knust, Tri County
Ty Hahn, Johnson-Brock
Caden Norder, BDS
Kaden Glynn, Johnson-Brock
Logan Anderson, Freeman