The 11-3 Omaha Concordia boys basketball team spoiled the Blair Bears' Senior Night, scoring a 56-44 road win Tuesday.
Even in defeat, though, two of the four BHS seniors explained why its still good to be a member of coach Chris Whitwer's Bears squad this season.
“Everybody's just really fun,” Leo Clarke said. “It's always exciting when you go into games and everyone's cheering for you. They all just want you to do the best that you can.”
Morgan Rump agreed.
“It's just kind of like a second family almost,” he said. “You go to work every day with everyone on the team five days a week and the occasional Saturday. You just really get to know everyone.”
Concordia showed its own chemistry Tuesday, though, building a 31-24 halftime lead and the eventual 12-point victory. The Mustangs notched their 11th win, while Blair fell to 7-6 in defeat — just its second of the new year.
“I think we all played really hard, but I think we could just have played a little smarter,” Rump said. “I had five fouls, so I, obviously, could have played a little smarter.”
It would have helped had the Bears shot better in Clarke's eyes.
“We just had a really bad shooting night,” he added.
Junior Kip Tupa led BHS with 15 points, while Wyatt Ogle scored nine and Jacob Czapla had seven.
On his Senior Night, the Bears' Cade Ulven added two points while classmate Nolan Ulrich didn't suit up.
Concordia, meanwhile, was led by Zachary Kulus' 17-point effort. The Mustangs are now 2-0 against Washington County teams with wins against Blair and Fort Calhoun. They face Arlington on Feb. 19.