The Royals victory against Jefferson-Scranton Tuesday night not only kept them in the hunt for the most regular season wins in school history, it also gave them the #1 seed in their district heading into tournament play. Colo-Nesco won 51-41 behind a big night from Travis Guy (20 points), Michael Warren (10 points and 4 blocks) and Ethan Jamison and Austin Larsen-who contributed with great rebounding and playmaking. It takes an entire team effort to make a state tournament run, and the Royals proved they could still win against good competition without a big scoring night from Brandon Eley.
The District pairings came out today, with Colo-Nesco receiving a first round game at home against the winner of Martensdale St. Mary’s (3-13) and Twin Cedars, Bussey (3-15). That game will be played Thursday, February 18th at 7 pm in Colo. Assuming a win, the Royals would then face the winner of Melcher-Dallas (9-7) and Grand View Park Baptist (8-11) on Tuesday, February 23rd at a site to be determined. The District Championship will be held on Thursday, February 25th at 7 pm in Ankeny. The opponent will come from a group of Ankeny Christian (15-1; #2 seed), Woodward-Granger (3-11), Iowa Christian (12-1; #3 seed), and Madrid (11-5). The sub state game will be held on Saturday, February 27th at West Des Moines Valley against a likely opponent of either Lamoni (16-2) or Murray (11-6). (Note: Melcher-Dallas, CN’s potential second round opponent, handed Lamoni one of their two losses earlier in the season).