Published On: Thu, Mar 16th, 2017

Wynot used solid ‘D’ to upset top-seed

LINCOLN — The Wynot Blue Devils pulled a first-round surprise at the Class D2 State boys basketball tournament.

The eighth-ranked Wynot Blue Devils knocked off top-seeded Parkview Christian 39-34 to advance to Friday’s semifinal round game.

The 18-6 Blue Devils intentionally slowed the game down to keep the high-powered Parkview team at bay.

Prior to Thursday’s game, the Patriots had scored less than 58 points in a game just once in the last two months.

The Devils were also aided by a big game by Jalen Wieseler, who knocked down 24 points in the contest.

The Blue Devils built a double-digit lead in the second quarter behind a 19-5 run.

Defense dominated to open the second half as Wynot squeaked out a 5-4 scoring advantage to take a 30-20 lead into the final frame.

Despite the 10-point advantage, the Devils had to fight to stay in front over the final eight minutes as Parkview clawed all the way back to take a lead midway through the final frame.

Wynot again regained the lead, but Parkview got back within two points with 90 seconds left on a Henry Tanksley 3-pointer.

A pair of turnovers, two misses from behind the arc and three Wynot freethrows in the final 31 seconds sent the Patriots packing.

Wynot 11? 15??—39

Lincoln Parkvw 8   7??4—34

Wynot – Jalen Wieseler, 24; Dawson Sudbeck, 6; Nate Wieseler, 3; Lucas Thingstad, 2; Ben Hite, 2; Ethan Lange, 2. Lincoln Parkview: Henry Tanksley, 18; Nosa Lyagbaye, 14; Tucker Pinyan, 2.