LINCOLN – The amazing postseason run for the Howells-Dodge boys basketball team ended with a runner-up finish in the Class D1 state championship on Saturday, as the Jaguars fell in an overtime gem 52-47 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.
Thing started off well for the Jaguars, as they jumped out to a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, and extended that advantage to 24-15 at halftime.
Things were looking well for Howells-Dodge in the second half as well, as they took a 38-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
That’s when the Bulldogs came alive, however, as H/LHF outscored the Jags 14-4 in the fourth, sending the game into overtime tied 42-42.
H/LHF’s Jacob Sjuts took over in the extra period, scoring nine of the team’s 10 points, including going 7-8 from the free throw line to help the Bulldogs to their second state championship in three years.
Sjuts led H/LHF with 24 points, with Jason Sjuts adding 13 and Ethan Keller Scoring 11.
Blake Sindelar ended his magnificant tournament run for Howells-Dodge with another great performance, turning in 18 points.
Sindelar scored a total of 77 points in three games at the state tournament for the Jaguars.
Howells-Dodge ends their season at 20-9 overall and as the state runner-up in Class D1.