Troy Sedlacek rescued Millard South's upset bid against undefeated Bellevue West.
His buzzer-beating drive in Saturday's Metro Conference Holiday Tournament gave the Patriots a 56-54 first-round victory.
“Exactly as we drew it up,” Patriots coach Tyler Cerveny said. “Bellevue West gets up on you and you have to direct-drive on them.”
Bellevue West had made up a six-point deficit in the final minute on Millard South's home floor.
Other winners Saturday were No. 1 Omaha Benson, No. 2 Omaha Central, No. 5 Omaha Westside, No. 8 Omaha Burke and Millard North. The tournament finishes its first round with two games Monday night.
Millard South overcame a six-minute scoring drought, which turned a 20-15 lead in the second quarter into a 29-20 deficit in the third.
The Patriots took their first lead of the second half, 47-46 with 3:01 left, on Sedlacek's free throw after a steal.
Ahead 49-48, the Patriots gained a four-point cushion on Wyatt Miller's three-point play with 1:43 left.
Two free throws by Garran Pauli made it 54-48 Patriots with 54 seconds left.
Preseason No. 4 Bellevue West, which was upset in the first round for the second straight year, clawed back to make it 54-54 as 6-foot-7 senior Christian Hatterle made a free throw, a 3-pointer and two free throws in a four-possession span.
On Sedlacek's game-winner, he was fouled and time ran out as the ball spun through the basket. Game officials directed him to shoot the free throw — which he missed with nobody along the lane — though the clock read 0:00.
Following a conference, the officials reset the clock to 0.4 seconds but West could get only an off-balance heave along the sideline from near halfcourt.
Sedlacek led the Patriots with 18 points. Pauli had 13 and Miller 11. Clester Johnson had 16 points for West, with Hatterle getting 14 and Malik Hluchoweckyj 11.
Bellevue West (6-1) ............................................ 10 12 17 15—54
At Millard South (4-3) .......................................... 10 10 9 27—56
BW: Clester Johnson 16, Christian Hatterle 14, Malik Hluchoweckyj 11, Austin Moore 9, Kurt Strawmier 3, Brayden Knapp 1.
MS: Troy Sedlacek 18, Garran Pauli 13, Wyatt Miller 11, Calvin Rudolph 7, Riley Miller 1, Dallas Busch 2, Kyle Crampton 4.