Oak Hill Academy’s Joe Hampton shoots as Omaha South’s Anthony Naimie defends during Saturday’s Heartland Hoops Classic game at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. Oak Hill defeated Omaha South 59-54 (Matt Dixon Photo)
(Articles and recaps appeared originally in The Grand Island Independent and were written by Bob Hamar) Omaha South gave the No. 1-ranked team in the nation all it wanted in the final game of the Heartland Hoops Classic Saturday night at the Heartland Events Center. But Oak Hill Academy had just enough to come away with a 59-54 victory over the Packers, who are the No. 2-ranked team in Nebraska behind unbeaten Norfolk.
Oak Hill’s Dwayne Bacon, a Florida State commit, led all scorers with 32 points. He was the only Warrior player to score in double figures. Omaha South coach Bruce Chubick Sr. said he knew the Packers had an uphill battle ahead of them in the eyes of most people against a team that probably has at least a couple of future NBA players.
“Here’s my take. There wasn’t a person in the arena that thought we had a prayer, including you guys (the media). Not anybody thought we had a prayer,” Chubick said. “The only guys who thought we had a chance were the guys in that room and the coaches.”
The game was tied deep into the fourth quarter, and Omaha South had the lead at 50-48 after two free throws by Karlon McSpadden with 3:27 left on the clock. It was tied later at 54 before Joshua Reaves, a future Penn State player, hit a 3-pointer, then made 1 of 2 from the line for a 58-54 Oak Hill lead with 47 seconds left. Continue Reading
The eighth-annual Heartland Hoops Classic is almost here.
If your Valentine is a basketball fan in Central Nebraska, you just might want to spend at least part of this Valentine’s Day Saturday at the Heartland Events center.
Six games are on tap this year featuring several teams that have been rated No. 1 in the state this year, one that still is No. 1, and another that is No. 1 in the country.
Yes, the entire country. – Read Entire Article from Bob Hamar of the Grand Island Independent.
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The official schedule of the 8th Annual Heartland Hoops Classic has been announced. The games are as follows:
11:00am – RAVENNA VS AMHERST
12:45pm – HASTINGS ST. CECILIA VS BRUNING DAVENPORT SHICKLEY
2:30pm – OMAHA SKUTT VS NORFOLK CATHOLIC
4:15pm – AURORA VS GRAND ISLAND CENTRAL CATHOLIC
6:00pm – ELKHORN SOUTH VS COLUMBUS SCOTUS
8:00pm – OAK HILL ACADEMY VS OMAHA SOUTH
The 8th annual “Heartland Hoops Classic” will be held on February 14, 2015 at the Heartland Event Center in Grand Island, Neb. Be sure to check back later for a complete schedule of all the games and activities surrounding the event.
For more information on the event or to sponsor next year’s classic contact Event Organizer Tino Martinez via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (308) 398-1154
Thanks to everyone who helped to make this year’s event possible!
Article Originally Published in the Omaha World Herald by Stu Pospisil
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A roundup of Saturday’s games at the Heartland Hoops Classic in Grand Island, Neb.
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Norfolk 66, Kearney 62
Only an eight-point comeback was needed Saturday night as Top 10 No. 5 Norfolk completed a weekend sweep and extended its winning streak to six games with a 66-62 win over Kearney in the Heartland Hoops Classic.
The Panthers (19-2) wiped out a 37-29 Kearney lead with a 13-4 surge over two minutes of the third quarter yet couldn’t shake one of Class A’s hotter teams of the past six weeks. Continue Reading
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Tre’Shawn Thurman of Omaha Central
by Terry Douglass
The main event in the seventh annual Heartland Hoops Classic figures to be an up-tempo affair.
Four-time defending Nebraska Class A state tournament champion Omaha Central will be making its second consecutive Classic appearance as the Eagles will play Denver East High School on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tipoff at Grand Island’s Heartland Events Center is scheduled for 9 p.m.
“It’s going to be full-court basketball,” Denver East coach Rudy Carey said of the matchup he believes features the best teams from Nebraska and Colorado going head to head. “We press and run and they like to press and run. I know Omaha Central is very aggressive, very good and they’re very well-coached, so we expect it to just be a war.”
Omaha Central coach Eric Behrens echoed Carey’s sentiments.
“Denver East is just really talented,” Behrens said. “They have some guys that can really play — if you look at the Rivals rankings, they’ve got some guys who are really well-known nationally.
“Playing them is going to be a real challenge. Everyone tells us that Denver East is the top team in Colorado in the top class, so we know that’s going to make it a lot of fun.” Continue Reading
Tino Martinez, the organizer and founder of the Heartland Hoops Classic, appeared on KXPN’s Doug and Daddy Show to talk about the upcoming event. Below is a link to the interview.
Tino with Doug and Daddy on KXPN