LINCOLN – Howells-Dodge was presented with a daunting task when they met 25-0 and #1 seeded Burwell in the semifinals of the boys Class C2 basketball tournament at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday.
The Jaguars proved more than ready for the challenge, as they stunned the Longhorns 76-45. Howells-Dodge moves on to play for the D1 state championship on Saturday.
Burwell raced out to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter, but Howells-Dodge closed the period on a 9-0 scoring run to tie it at 11-11 heading into the second.
The Jaguars had a slight scoring edge in the second, and the Jaguars took a 28-27 advantage into halftime.
The third quarter became the Blake Sindelar Show for Howells-Dodge. The Jaguars outscored the Longhorns 25-10 in the third. Sindelar was responsible for 16 of the 25 points.
Howells-Dodge led 53-37 at the end of the third period.
The fourth quarter was just as dominant for the Jaguars, as they outscored Burwell 23-8 in the frame.
In the end, it was 19-8 Howells-Dodge handing previously unbeaten, 25-0 Burwell their first loss of the season, 76-45.
Carter Mann had 11 points for the Longhorns, while Dillon Critel and Barak Birch each scored 10.
Sindelar continued his tournament tear for Howells-Dodge, finishing with 31 points. In two games at state, Blake Sindelar has scored 59 points.
Jacob Tomcak added 14 for the Jaguars and RJ Bayer scored 11.
Howells-Dodge is now 20-8 on the season and will meet Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family for the Class D1 State Championship on Saturday morning at 9:00 am at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The game will be broadcast on The Bull.