C2-2 District Final: Sutton Mustangs (16-9) vs. Aquinas Catholic (14-10)

Monday nights C2-2 District Final for the Sutton boys basketball team will take the 16-9 Mustangs to Concordia University in Seward to challenge the 14-10 Monarchs of Aquinas Catholic in David City.
The 7 p.m. tip, inside the CUNE facility in Seward will punch a ticket to the 2015 State Boys Basketball Championships in Lincoln, March 12-14.
Sutton earned their ticket to the C2-2 District Final by way of a pair of wins this past week over Tri County, 45-32, Tuesday night and by downing the Southern Raiders Thursday night 50-45.
Aquinas Catholic’s path to the final included a 25 point, 75-50 win over Nebraska Christian in the C2-4 Sub-District first round and then a 54-37 win over Cross County during Thursday nights sub-district final, played at York High School.
Prior to the 2015 portion of their seasons, Sutton would go 3-5, while Aquinas reached the new calendar year with a 5-4 record following the completion of holiday tournament action for both teams.
In contrast during the month of January, Sutton would go 8-1 for the month, while the Monarchs struggled through the month, winning just three of seven games to finish the month with a 9-8 record heading into the month of February.
Sutton, on the other hand would head into February boasting an 11-6 record.
Sutton made a run at the third place spot in the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament to begin the month of February, winning two of three games in the tournament, including a narrow 43-42 win over Fillmore Central in the first round, then after a tough 57-40 loss to Milford in the semifinals, the Mustangs charted a 15 point, 57-42 win over Sandy Creek to claim third place in the tournament and improve to 13-7.
Aquinas Catholic opened the Centennial Conference tournament with a 77-62 win over Archbishop Bergan, but was then ousted from the tournament by the 22-3 Cavaliers of Bishop Neumann of Wahoo to take a 8-8 record into the final run of the regular season.
The Monarchs would win four of their final six regular season games to take a 12-10 record into the post season where they would pick up the two wins over Nebraska Christian and Cross County to enter Monday nights game with the Mustangs at 14-10.
Sutton would struggle in their next two games following the SNC tournament falling to 13-9 after losses to York and Fillmore Central.
Sutton would get back on the winning track to close out the regular season with a dominating 65-24 win over Superior to enter the post season at 14-9.
The two post-season wins sets the stage for Monday nights bout between the 16-9 Mustangs and the 14-10 Monarchs.
The winner will advance to the first round of the Class C-2 State Tournament, place March 12 at Lincoln Northeast.
Round two for the class will take Class C-2 first round winners to the Devaney Sports Center for semifinal action March 13.
The final day of the tournament will see the state title game played inside the Pinnacle Bank Arena, while the battle for third place will take place at Lincoln Southeast High School.

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