Published Monday, July 22, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:21 am
Big Red runs push the scoring record

LINCOLN — The target kept changing Monday night for Connor Lusso and his Red teammates in the Nebraska Coaches Association boys basketball All-Star game.

“At halftime, our goal was to break 100,” said the All-Nebraska player from Millard West. “Then when we had 86 after the third quarter, it became 116 to set the team record (for the Reds). That’s why everybody got pumped up when we got that steal late in the game.”

The Reds didn’t quite get there, settling for a 112-85 victory over the Blues in the televised game at Lincoln North Star.

Lusso, who’s a Truman State recruit, had 22 points to lead seven Reds in double figures. Fellow all-stater Brett Dougherty of Papillion-La Vista, heading to Northwest Missouri State, had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Game rules dictate separate six-player units for the first and second quarters. After playing the first quarter and getting eight points, the 6-foot-6 Lusso was sitting out when the Reds’ 3-point shooters caught fire.

They made 6 of 9 treys, with Jake Nannen from Lincoln Southeast getting two, as the second unit took the lead from five to 18 points.

“The third quarter, we had to keep that going,” Lusso said.

A 30-point quarter ensued, with Lusso making two 3s and scoring 10 points, for an 86-61 lead that swelled to 35 points with a 10-0 start for the Reds to the final quarter.

“The first 15 minutes of our first practice here,” said Reds coach Jim Carlson, from Boyd County, “we ran stuff and you could see these guys had been well-coached from like how their spacing was and their ball screens.”

Nannen had 17 points for the Reds. KJ Scott from Omaha Central had 15, with Reid Williams from Lincoln Southwest getting 13, Cody Wudtke of McCook 11 and Mitch Drey of Gretna 10.

The Blues, who had several roster changes after the original player selections in March, got 17 points from Spencer Sharp of Millard West and 12 apiece from Nate Rogers of South Sioux City, Nate Maloley of Papio and Chandler Folkerts of Milford.

The NCA’s Most Valuable Teammates Awards went to Drey for the Reds and Marcus Claussen of Wausa for the Blues.

NCA Executive Director Darin Boysen said the all-star doubleheader drew an estimated crowd of 1,900.

Reds ............................ 23 33 30 26—112

Blues ............................ 18 20 23 24—?? 85

Reds: Lucas Gleisberg (Medicine Valley) 0-2 0-0 0, Michael Hadden (Scottsbluff) 1-5 0-0 2, Cody Wudtke (McCook) 5-9 0-0 11, Jake Nannen (Lincoln SE) 7-9 0-0 17, KJ Scott (Omaha Central) 7-14 0-0 15, Reid Williams (Lincoln SW) 5-10 1-2 13, Brian Schwetschenau (Omaha Skutt) 2-7 0-0 5, Connor Lusso (Millard West) 10-15 0-0 22, Brett Dougherty (Papillion-LV) 6-10 1-1 13, Nate Kuhl (Johnson County) 2-4 0-0 4, Mitch Drey (Gretna) 3-5 3-4 10. Totals 48-90 5-7 112.

Blues: Alex Larsen (Grand Island NW) 0-2 0-0 0, Austan Rath (Sutton) 3-9 0-0 7, Marcus Claussen (Wausa) 0-3 0-0 0, Jake Goltl (Ralston) 3-9 0-2 7, Noah Housh (Lincoln North Star) 4-14 0-0 9, Nate Maloley (Papillion-LV) 5-14 2-4 12, Nate Rogers (South Sioux City) 6-12 0-0 12, Clayton Shepard (Lincoln East) 2-8 0-1 4, Spencer Sharp (Millard West) 8-12 0-0 17, Gunnar Peterson (Lincoln SW) 2-4 0-0 5, Chandler Folkerts (Milford) 6-8 0-1 12. Totals 39-95 2-10 85.

3-point goals: R 11-24 (Gleisberg 0-2, Haddan 0-2, Wudtke 1-4, Nannen 3-4, Scott 1-3, Williams 2-2, Schwetschenau 1-3, Lusso 2-3, Drey 1-1). B 5-33 (Larsen 0-2, Rath 1-5, Claussen 0-1, Goltl 1-4, Housh 1-4, Maloley 0-4, Rogers 0-3, Shepard 0-4, Sharp 1-3, Peterson 1-3). Total fouls: R 7, B 11. Fouled out: none. Technicals: none. Turnovers: R 18, B 15. Rebounds: R 53 (Dougherty 13), B 45 (Sharp 9). Field-goal percentage: R .533, B .411. Free-throw percentage: R .714, B .200. Officials: Todd Yorges, Lincoln; Greg Hardin, Holland; Beau Heiss, Omaha.

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