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Bruning-Davenport/Shickley competed in the 2016 NSAA Class D-1 Boys State Basketball Tournament on Thursday through Saturday and ended up 1-2 in Lincoln taking home fourth place.
The 24-3 Eagles earned the top seed and took on No. 8 seed (Fremont) Archbishop Bergan in round one at Lincoln East High School.  BDS senior guard Riley Tegtmeier scored a career-high 35 points including five 3-point shots in the first quarter alone, which allowed BDS to move out to a comfortable 30-17 lead at the half over the upset-minded Knights, who were coming off a district-shocking win over defending D-1 State Champion High Plains.
AB big man Austin Ottis helped keep the Knights somewhat in the contest during the first half, which was contested before a packed house.
Entering the fourth period up by 19 (42-23), the Eagles slowed the pace and won the game 52-35.  In addition to Tegtmeier and his near record-breaking seven treys, others who scored were Kale Kleinschmidt with six and a team-high four assists, Kendall Dickson with four along with six rebounds and three blocked shots, Sam Christensen with three and Ben Elznic and Stuart Rohr with a bucket each.
In round two, early Friday morning at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, BDS took on Walthill who came in as the No. 4 seed.  After taking a  36-33 half-time lead, the Eagles struggled in the third quarter to get unwound and fell behind by seven entering the fourth period.  The eventual State runner-up Blujays outscored BDS 14-4 in the third stanza.
“They hit some outside shots,” said Eagle head coach Fred Kluck commenting on the four 3-pointers Walthill hit in the third period.  “They also played a really hands on defense which gave us some trouble.”


Walthill shot 16 free throws in the fourth quarter and put the game away from the charity stripe.  Three Eagles tied scoring to lead the way as Tegtmeier, Kleinschmidt, and Elznic each contributed 11 points to the cause.  Garland added nine, Christensen and Caden Norder had five each,  Dickson added three and Holden Stengel rounded out the scoring with two.
BDS was only able to make 40-percent of its shots (22-for-54) against Walthill, while the Blujays shot 47 percent for the contest (23-for-49).  The Eagles were also only able to put in four treys (4-for-14) in the match-up, while Walthill laced in nine (9-for-21). Rebounding was a draw 29-29.
In the consolation game on Saturday morning at Lincoln Northeast High School, the Eagles took on High Plains who had split two earlier games with BDS. The Storm downed the Eagles in this year's CRC Basketball Tournament final.
“This is always a tough game to play because neither team really wants to be in it,” Kluck said.  “I thought our kids played hard and had a chance to win it at the end...that’s really about all you can ask in a game like this one."
BDS led the third-place contest from the start on Saturday.  The Eagles were ahead 21-16 at the break and never relinquished its lead until two minutes left in the contest when it was tied at 34-34.  The 23-4 Storm never owned the lead until 1:19 remaining when they hit a 3-pointer after an Elznic basket.  The Storm eventually won the game 39-36 after the Eagles had two chances to tie with treys.
Kleinschmidt led the way scoring for BDS with 12,  Garland had nine, Elznic finished with six, Tegtmeier had four, Norder and Rohr added two each and Christensen had one.  
Eagles Riley Tegtmeier, Ben Elznic, Cody Garland, Sam Christensen, Stuart  Rohr, Kendall Dickson and Kale Smith played their last games for BDS on Saturday in Lincoln.  Over the last two seasons, these seniors played on two State semi-finalist teams and ended up with a combined two-year record of 51-9.
BDS concluded this season with a Top 5 state-ranking and a record of 25-5.