Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm / Updated at 11:57 pm
Skutt boys, led by Wallrapp, top Mount Michael

New coach Kyle Jurgens said he and most of his Omaha Skutt players never had been to Elkhorn Mount Michael’s “Palace” gymnasium before Tuesday night.

They defused the Knights’ 1-3-1 zone defense and their crowd for a 61-49 River Cities Conference boys basketball victory.

“I’m proud of how all the guys handled the environment,” said Jurgens, who also thanked the Skutt student section for mitigating the homecourt advantage.

In Mount Michael’s crackerbox gym, front-row spectators have their feet on the court.

Class B No. 4 Skutt (9-2) was playing for the first time since Jan. 3. While the SkyHawks worked on improving themselves without a game to prepare for last week, Jurgens said time was available to devote to facing the 1-3-1.

“We came in with a game plan of attacking the zone,” he said. “We were able to get to the rim and get to the line.”

Skutt made 28 of 40 free throws, with Wills Wallrapp making 11 of 14 while scoring a game-high 21 points.

Isaiah Ramsey, a junior guard starting in place of injured senior center Ryan Bouda, had 15 points. Ty O’Brien added 12 points. Like Ramsey he was 7 of 8 on free throws.

“Ryan dinged a shoulder a bit, and we’re hoping it won’t be serious,” Jurgens said. “We talk about the next guy up, and Isaiah has been a good player in the starting lineup or as the sixth man.”

Mount Michael (6-5), in losing its second straight game, was outscored 17-7 in the second quarter to fall behind 32-19 at halftime.

The Knights’ only basket of the period came off a putback, and they committed five of their 18 turnovers.

“One thing we’ve done well is taking care of the ball, but Skutt showed us as aggressive of a press as we’ve seen this year,” Mount Michael coach John Roshone said. “They’re about as athletic as anyone we’ve played.

“We dug ourselves too big a hole in the second quarter.”

Mount Michael was called for 27 fouls for the game. Starters Tommy Farhart and Jake Batenhorst picked up three fouls in the first half.

Farhart and Spencer Connors ended up fouling out. Each had 10 points.

Mohamad Elradi, a 6-foot-1 junior, led the Knights with 17 points.

After Skutt scored the first five points of the second half for its largest lead of 37-19, the Knights got within 10 four times in the final quarter. But Skutt scored on its next possession every time.

Skutt visits Omaha Gross on Friday before a possible rematch with the Cougars next Tuesday in the first round of the conference tournament.

Mount Michael hosts Class B No. 6 Omaha Roncalli before its first-round RCC game next Tuesday.

Omaha Skutt (9-2) ........... 15 17 12 17—61
At Elkhorn MM (6-5) ......... 12   7 11 19—49

OS: Ty O’Brien 2-3 7-8 12, Chris Harrison 1-7 1-3 3, Isaiah Ramsey 4-4 7-8 15, Wills Wallrapp 4-11 11-14 21, Nick Bouda 4-8 1-4 9, Eric Ruden 0-2 0-0 0, Michael White 0-0 0-2 0, Conrad Shiu 0-1 1-2 1, Sam Pensick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-36 28-40 61.

EMM: Mohamad Elradi 7-15 2-4 17, Tommy Farhart 4-7 0-0 10, Spencer Connors 3-8 4-6 10, Ben Borsh 1-7 0-0 3, Jake Batenhorst 2-6 2-2 7, Colton Boisen 1-2 0-0 2, Danny Pavlik 0-2 0-0 0, Jackson Taylor 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 8-12 49.

3-point goals: OS 3-11 (O’Brien 0-1, Harrison 0-4, Wallrapp 2-3, Ruden 0-1), EMM 5-15 (Elradi 1-2, Farhart 2-4, Borsh 1-3, Batenhorst 1-4, Pavlik 0-2). Total fouls: OS 14, EMM 27. Fouled out: Connors, Farhart. Technicals: none. Turnovers: OS 15, EMM 18. Rebounds: OS 29 (Bouda 14), EMM 30 (Connors 11). Field-goal percentage: OS .417, EMM .375. Free-throw percentage: OS .700, EMM .667.

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Stu Pospisil has been The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports since 1990 and for golf since 1988. He primarily covers football in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter and track and field in the spring.

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