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Tyson Belitz poured in 35 points and recorded a double-double as he led the Neligh-Oakdale charge over Clearwater-Orchard on Tuesday night.
In front of a packed house, the Warriors tied the game 10 seconds into the final quarter and took control for a 71-61 win over the Cyclones.
"Tonight was a great test in a real tough stretch of our schedule," Neligh-Oakdale coach Frank Gade said. "I'm proud of the way the boys battled, made adjustments, and handled adversity which allowed us to come out with a win. The atmosphere was unlike anything we have ever had in my time here in Neligh. Tomorrow we turn around and have another opportunity to get better, another step forward, in preparation for Randolph on Friday."
Belitz, who was 2-of-3 from behind the arc, finished the game with 35 points and 12 rebounds. He also tallied 7 assists on the night. Grant White poured in 18 points, Alex Kerkman drained 12, Chris Bentley added 4 and Pepper Marchant had 2.
Clearwater-Orchard led for most of the game, including by double figures early in the second quarter as the Cyclones hit a hot streak. Andy Kerkman also had a double-double with 29 points and 17 rebounds. Kerkman was 2-of-5 from the 3-point line.Jagger Smith had 15 points for the Cyclones.
Clearwater-Orchard won the girls game 46-39 with a balanced attack. Sierra Schroeder and Whitney Rittscher each had 10 points while Kylie Thiele added another nine. Schroeder and Mallory Cooper each pulled down nine rebounds.
Kinsley Klabenes led the Lady Warriors with 18 points, followed by Danae Smith with nine, Jayda Chance five, Alexis Jensen three, and Whitney Beacom and Bailey Frey with two each.
Girls scores by quarter:
O-C 12 11 15 8 - 46
N-O 9 10 12 8 - 39
Boys scores by quarter:
O-C 21 14 13 13 - 61
N-O 15 11 19 26 - 71