Posted On: 12/27/19 11:12 AM

Just days before the holiday break and winter moratorium, the defending state champs from Omaha South traveled to play the short-handed Thunderbirds at Bellevue West high school. The game got off to an ugly start, with both teams struggling to put the ball in the basket. Some of Bellevue West’s struggles can be attributed to missing their point guard and one of the states top prospects, Chucky Hepburn, due to concussion. Both teams fought hard, but ultimately Omaha South’s defensive pressure and intensity got them the 71-49 win. Here are the awards and players to watch going forward from Omaha South at Bellevue West.


Jay Saunders didn’t lead his team in points, rebounds, or assists against Bellevue West, but there was not doubt he was the most impactful player in the game. Defensively, Saunders communicated with teammates, forced turnovers, and made effort plays all night. It was clear that Jay was the fastest player on the floor; twice sprinting back and slapping the ball away on what should be an easy fast break layups for Bellevue West. Offensively, Saunders scored from every level and got out in transition for easy buckets for himself and teammates. You will hear

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