Mullen fell to Falls City Sacred Heart in the opening round of the Class D2 boys state basketball tournament Tuesday night at Lincoln Southwest High School. Mullen, a team that has faced adversity all season, was faced with more of it at the state tournament. The Broncos would lose their leading scorer Clayton Moore to injury in the first quarter. Moore appeared to have injured his left ankle and would not be able to return to the game. Mullen played hard in his absence and kept it close through the first half but Sacred Heart pulled away in the second half for a 56-30 win. The teams combined for 16 made threes in the game. Mullen knocked down six from long range but Sacred Heart knocked down 10. Sacred Heart’s Jakob Jordan led the way for the Irish with a game high 20 points including six three pointers. Mullen was led by Luke Durfee who finished with 14 points including three 3’s. Mullen concludes the season at 18-9. Sacred Heart advances to the semifinals where they will face Parkview Christian. Parkview defeated Hyannis 64-54. In the other D2 quarterfinal matchups Tuesday, top seed St. Mary’s defeated Shelton 60-42 and Osceola defeated Wynot 52-48.