Bison boys await district tourney semifinal foe
The McCook High School boys will have to wait 24 hours to find out their Monday night opponent in the Class B-5 District Basketball Tournament.
The Bison drew the second seed in the six-team B-5 District field. McCook and top seed Adams Central have first-round byes in the district meet that gets underway Saturday at the Kearney High School gym.
Teams are seeded according to the power point rankings compiled by the Nebraska Schools Activities Association (NSAA). The Bison, 14-10, with a point average of 40.375, nudged Lexington for the second seed and the bye in first-round action. Lexington, 10-11, is third with a 39.9524 point average.
Adams Central, 18-3, is the top seed with a point average of 44.4286.
First-round games Saturday
Saturday's first-round, loser-out games in Kearney open with fourth-seed Holdrege (6-14) facing No. 5 Grand Island Northwest (5-13) at 6 p.m., followed by Lexington vs. sixth-seed Hastings (2-16) at 7:45 p.m.
Adams Central meets the Holdrege-Northwest winner Monday at 6 p.m. in the first semifinal. McCook faces the Lex-Hastings winner in the other semifinal at 7:45 p.m.
Semifinal winners advance to Tuesday's district championship game at 7 p.m. at the Kearney High School gym.
The B-5 District champion qualifies for the Class B boys state basketball tournament in Lincoln March 11-13.
The Bison have not faced Adams Central this season. McCook owns two wins over Hastings this season -- a 58-54 win at North Platte in the Greater Nebraska Activities Conference consolation semifinals Dec. 30, and a 56-40 win Jan. 15 at the Senior High School gym.
McCook also defeated Holdrege, 44-35, in a home contest Dec. 19.
Coach Tim Garcia's squad dropped a 42-36 decision at Lexington Jan. 19, The Bison also lost a 35-34 nail-biter to Northwest at home last Friday.
McCook is trying to earn a third-straight berth in the Class B state tournament.