No Bear scored more than nine points Thursday, but the Blair boys basketball team still knocked off Plattsmouth 53-42.
“It just goes to show that every guy in that locker room can score when we need it,” Kip Tupa said. “We have confidence in every single one of our players that comes in to hit their shots. Everyone did that.”
The junior BHS guard scored a team-high nine points, while Luke Ladwig, Jacob Czapla and Morgan Rump notched eight, and Cade Ulven and Wyatt Ogle scored seven apiece.
“I think we all played pretty good team basketball,” Czapla said. “It's usually a good night when we're pretty consistent in scoring. We usually can pull out the win.”
The Bears led from 18-17 on their home floor, taking a three-point advantage, 24-21, into the half. Coach Chris Whitwer's team maintained its lead throughout the third period, but finally created some cushion during the the early stages of the fourth.
After an Ulven free throw pushed Blair's advantage to 41-35, Tupa found Ladwig on a long fast-break pass that ended in two more BHS points. Tupa's hanging leaner in the lane then pushed the home team's lead to double digits for the first time.
The Bears led by at least seven points the rest of the way despite going just 5-for-11 from the foul line.
“It wasn't the prettiest win, but we'll take the win,” Tupa said.
It pushed Blair's season record to 6-5 before it played Nebraska City on Saturday night.
Bears topple Nebraska City, 48-29
Blair started fast Saturday and improved to 7-5 with a 48-29 home win against the Pioneers.
Whitwer's team jumped out to a 16-7 advantage through one quarter, led 23-17 at halftime and reclaimed a double-digit advantage with a 14-8 third period. The 11-4 pushed BHS' winning margin to 19.
On another balanced scoring night, Tupa led the Bears with 11. Ladwig notched nin, and both Ulven and Ogle had seven.