Championship Games are Set for MNAC Basketball Tournament

The semifinals of the Mid Nebraska Activities Conference basketball tournament were played Thursday at the Indian gym at Broken Bow high school.  The seeds held as boys top seed Hyannis will face #2 seed Mullen for the boys championship on Saturday and girls top seed Anselmo-Merna will play #2 seed South Loup for the girls championship.

In the first boys semifinal, Mullen pulled away from Anselmo-Merna for a 46-29 win.  Trevor Kuncl and Clayton Moore led the offensive charge for the Broncos.  Moore had a sensational game finishing with a game high 26 and Trevor Kuncl finished with 18.  The

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Coyotes were led by Wyat Lambertson who had a team high 12.  Mullen improves to 12-6 on the season and will face top seed Hyannis for the boys title.  Hyannis held off Sandhills/Thedford 53-40 to improve to 15-1 on the season.  The two met back in December with Hyannis winning 65-54.

A strong second half propelled girls top seed Anselmo-Merna to the championship game on Saturday.  Sandhills/Thedford battled tough against the Lady Coyotes and led 30-28 at the half.  Anselmo-Merna was able to slowly pull away in the second half for a 55-41 victory.  Jaide Chandler led the way for AM with a team high 24 points.  Tenley Rasmussen

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of Sandhills/Thedford led all scorers with 26 points.  The Lady Coyotes will face the #2 seed South Loup who pulled away from Mullen in the fourth quarter to win their semifinal 48-38.  South Loup was led by three players who finished in double figures.  Megan Donegan finished with 16 points, Taylor Ross had 12, and Ava Pandorf had 11 points for the Lady Bobcats.  Mullen was led by Shelby Welsh who had a team high 15 points.  South Loup has now won eleven in a row and are 13-4 on the season.  AM has won 9 of their last 10 and are 14-4 on the season.

The schedule for Championship Saturday at Broken Bow high school

2:30 – Boys Consolation – Anselmo-Merna vs Sandhills/Thedford

4 p.m. – Girls Consolation – Mullen vs Sandhills/Thedford

5:30 – Boys Championship – Hyannis vs Mullen

7 p.m. – Girls Championship – Anselmo-Merna vs South Loup

All games Saturday will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM with a live video stream, accompanied by the radio call, available on the KCNI/KBBN You Tube page, Sandhills Express Facebook page, and Twitter (@KBBNsports)