Published On: Thu, Mar 10th, 2011

Cedar Catholic Trojans lose first round


Cedar Catholic's Logan Weinandt drives through opponents during Thursday's State Tourney.

LINCOLN — The Ravenna Blue Jays showed Thursday just why they have run the table in the past two Class C2 State tournaments.

Ravenna handed Cedar Catholic a 55-44 first-round loss in State tournament action here Thursday morning.

Cedar got on the board first against Ravenna with an Andy Moser rebound and put-back, but the lead was short lived.

The defending state champs quickly went on a 6-0 run to take control. Cedar got back into the contest on an Andy Moser jumper and foul shot to make it 6-5, A Garrett Irvine jumper put Ravenna in front 8-5, but Zach Steffen’s bomb from downtown  knotted the game at 8-8.

Ravenna fired right back, however, as Trevor Cyboron responded with a trey of his own to give the Jay an 11-8 lead and start a 9-2 run to again take control of the contest. Kyle Klug ended Cedar’s scoring drought by swishing a nice three pointer with under  minute left in the frame to cut the Cedar deficit to 17-13 at the buzzer.

Ravenna opened the second frame with a 6-1 run.  The Jays ended up outscoring the Trojans 10-5 in the frame to take a 27-18 lead into the locker room.

Only three Cedar athletes were able to hit for points in the first half. Zach Steffen led the way with seven points, while Kyle Klug hit a pair of treys for six points and Andy Moser earned five first-quarter points, but was shut out in the second frame.

Ravenna’s Theison Anderson opened the second half with a quick jumper, but Cedar’s Aaron Steffen responded with a trey to cut the Jays’ lead to eight points, 29-21.

Ravenna then ripped off another big run thanks to a trey, a pair of foul shots and a jumper to stop any thoughts of a Cedar Catholic rally, by taking a 36-21 lead with 5:03 left in the third quarter. The two teams then traded baskets evenly the rest of the frame as the Jays earned the 15-12 scoring advantage.

Cedar opened the final frame with a 7-2 run thanks to three points from Aaron Steffen and a jumper from Kyle Klug.

The Jays spent the next two minutes in their stall and foul offense until both teams pulled their starters. Josh Anderson hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer to make the final margin 55-44.

The Wynot Blue Devils will be competing in Class D2 against Pleasanton at Lincoln High tonight at 8:45. Randolph also plays at 8:45 tonight. The Cardinals will take on Pawnee City at Lincoln North.

Ravenna    17   10    15   13   – 55

Cedar         13   5      12  12  – 44