LINCOLN - The Riverside Chargers came into Thursday night’s game undefeated and averaging 69 points a game.
The Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves were putting up 50 points a game and holding opponents under 40, so something had to give.
For three-and-a-half quarters the Timberwolves matched the Chargers point for point, but in the second half Riverside used back-to-back 3-pointers by junior Tredyn Prososki to open up a double digit lead and never looked back as they pulled away for the 67-48 win in D-2 state playoff action at Lincoln East High School.
After seeing the Chargers grab a 10-4 lead with 3:38 to play in the first quarter, the Timberwolves started to click offensively and used baskets from Jackson Beethe, who led the T-Wolves in scoring with 14, and another from senior Spencer Pribly to knot the game at 10-10 with 2:20 to play in the first.
Exeter-Milligan took a 15-12 lead at the end of the opening quarter and still held that three-point cushion with 6:10 in the first half.
Riverside went back on top 20-17after an old fashioned three-point play by Bloom and one of Michael Bernt’s three 3-pointers.
Exeter-Milligan would not fold as they continued to push the undefeated Chargers and re-took the lead at 26-25 on a Max Zeleny free throw.
Riverside opened the lead to five points at the half when Tredyn Prososki, who scored 32 points unofficially, buried a 25-foot 3-pointer with two seconds to play in the second quarter to open a 35-30 lead for the Chargers at the break.
The Timberwolves pulled back to within 39-35 in the second half, but a quick 8-0 run by Riverside, six of those points from Prososki on 3-pointers, made it 47-35 with 1:54 to play in the third quarter.
Exeter-Milligan got the Chargers lead back to 10-points at 47-37, but three throws over the final 55 seconds opened the lead to 13 entering the final eight minutes.
A 5-0 run to open the fourth pushed the margin to 55-37 and the closest the Timberwolves would get the rest of the way was 14 points at 55-41 with six minutes left in the game.
Exeter-Milligan was 15 of 42 from the floor and that included 2 of 15 on 3-pointers. After going 2 of 7 in the first half the Timberwolves could not find the range from behind the arc and missed all eight attempts in the second half.
Riverside was charted with 21 of 44, 7 of 19 from 3-point range.
The teams combined to shoot 52 free throws. The T-Wolves were 16 of 23 and the Chargers 16 of 29.
Exeter-Milligan won the battle on the glass 31-25, but Riverside had just 11 turnovers to Exeter-Milligan’s 15.
Other than Prososki’s 32, Bernt had 13 and Bloom 10 for the Chargers.
E-M (21-5) got 12 points from both Pribyl and Zeleny to go with Beethe’s 14.
Exeter-Milligan head coach Dean Filipi saw seven seniors suit up for the final time as Luis Jaegermann, Trever Zelenka, Pribyl, Colton Bossaller, Mitchell Manning, Johnny Babula and Theron Odvody all played in their final game.
15 15 7 11- 48
12 23 15 17- 67
EM (48)-Pribyl 12, Beethe 14, Bossaller 9, Manning 1, Zeleny 12. Totals- 15-42 (2-15) 16-23 48.
RS (67)- Prososki 32, Bernt 13, Trey Carraher 4, Bloom 10, Tren. Carraher 4, Martinsen 4. Totals- 21-44 (7-19) 16-29 67.