Sutton, Yutan to battle for first time in history in C-2 first round

Season Stats & Scores

A statistical comparison and season record for Sutton and Yutan

The Mustangs and their fans celebrate Sutton's first trip to the state tournament since 2014 following a 47-45 win over Centura in the C2-3 District Final Monday, Feb. 25.

The Sutton Mustangs, winners of the C2-2 Sub-District and C2-3 District championships will take their talent to Lincoln next weekend for the Class C-2 State Tournament. Team members include, in front, from the left: student manager Carson Mau, Tyler Baldwin, Jacob Haight, Quenton Jones, Cade Wiseman, Jackson Perrien, Dawson Nunnenkamp, Eli Skalka and student manager Cole Baumert. In the back, from the left: student manager Trevin Buescher, assistant coach Ben Francis, Jordan Davis, Jacob Rogers, Kyle Baumert, Seth George, Eli Stengel, Garrett Nuss, head coach Jon Ladehoff and student manager Caleb Ladehoff. Not pictured is student manager Garrison Perrien. Sutton will take on the Yutan Cheiftains at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Northeast in the first round of the tournament.

BY TORY DUNCAN
Thursday afternoon’s Class C-2 state tournament opener at Lincoln Northeast High School will mark the first time in basketball that the Sutton Mustangs and Yutan Chieftains will square off on the hardwood.
Sutton’s history in Lincoln runs much deeper, having qualified for the state tournament 29 times, while Yutan has advanced 12 times.
Sutton has been void of the big dance since 2014, while Yutan has only qualfied once since 1994, that being last year when the Chieftains finished fourth in the Class C-2 tournament.
Sutton owns four state championships and Yutan, one, as the Mustangs took titles in 1919 in Class B, in 1922 in Class A and more recently, Sutton owns a C-1 title in 1989, along with a C-2 title in 2003. Yutan’s lone state title came in 1924, winning the Class E state title.
The Mustangs have three runner-up titles, placing second in Class C-1 in 1987 and placing second in C-2 during the 2002 and 2013 seasons.
Yutan earned runner-up titles in Class D in 1973 and in Class C in 1979.
THE STATE TOURNAMENT MATCHUP
This year, Sutton hits the court at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon and are owners of a 24-2 record, while the Chieftains will bring a 21-5 record into the first-round clash.
Sutton’s two losses came at the hands of Southern Nebraska Conference foes Centennial and Milford, as the Broncos downed Sutton 53-45 on Jan. 4, while Milford handed the Mustangs a 49-42 loss on Jan. 26.
Sutton would gain revenge on both teams, however, in the SNC tournament. The Mustangs downed Milford in the semifinals 71-60, before cruising past the Broncos 62-47 in the title bout.
The Chieftains, in contrast, come into Thursday’s game well seasoned and challenged. Of their five losses, Yutan fell to Freeman twice, they dropped a 71-64 decision to Class C-1 state qualifier Wahoo and split games with Auburn, another Class C-1 state qualfier.
Ashland-Greenwood would also down the Chieftains in mid-January. Both Freeman and Ashland-Greenwood advanced to the sub-state finals before falling short of the state tournament with losses.
Sutton advanced to state with a 47-45 win over Centura Feb. 25, while Yutan punched their ticket to state with a commanding 54-25 win over Tri County, a team that the Mustangs edged in the C2-2 Sub-District final, 63-59.
Sutton comes into the first round challenge with Yutan averaging 62.8 points per game and allowing just 39.5 points per contest. In contrast, the Chieftains are averaging 62.3 points per game and allowing 40.5 points per game, making this an even battle on paper.
SUTTON BY THE NUMBERS
Senior Garrett Nuss leads the Mustangs in scoring and rebounding, as Nuss is scoring 11.4 points per game (296 total points) and has pulled down 173 rebounds, an average of 6.7 per contest. Sophomore Cade Wiseman averages just under 10 points per game (9.8), while scoring 256 points. Wiseman has 70 assists, and has a team high 45 steals.
Senior Jordan Davis leads the team in assists with 89 and is third in scoring with 231 points (8.9 per game). Davis is also the team leader in blocked shots with 24.
Adding to the scoring mix sees senior Seth George scoring 8.2 points per game, while gaining an average of 5.7 rebounds per game. Senior Kyle Baumert scores 6.2 points per game.
YUTAN BY THE NUMBERS
The Chieftains are led in scoring by two juniors and a sophomore. Trey Knudsen, a junior guard, is scoring just under 16 points per game, while junior forward Colby Tichota has hit for 12.5 points per game this season.  Sophomore guard Brady Timm averages 11.3 points per game. Those three combined account for nearly 40 of the Chieftains 62.3 points per game this year.
On the glass, Yutan is led by Tichota with 8.5 rebounds per game. Jason Simon, a 6-4 senior forward, pulls down 3.5 rebounds per game and is scoring 6.3 points each outing. Timm and senior Clayton Nelson are averaging 3.1 and 3.2 rebounds per game, respectively.
Timm has dished out 102 total assists on the yar, while leading the Chieftains with 53 steals.

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