Underdog Winnebago beats Byron for 2A Regional Championship


Byron had the better record and the higher seed, but Winnebago emerged with the 2A Regional Championship at North Boone Friday night. The Indians beat the Tigers 63-57.

Winnebago was led by the one-two punch of Torry Williams and Casey Nsamba. Williams scored 22 points. Nsamba scored 17 plus he had eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

“It feels awesome!,” said Williams immediately after the game. “Especially from last year, going to state and this year, everybody counted us out. So every game we win is a blessing from here on out. The last time we played them they beat us pretty bad and so we had that loss [and] we took it right to heart.”

“It feels amazing. It feels amazing!,” repeated Nsamba. “We’ve had tough battles with them but this one felt special.”

The Indians have had their struggles this season. They still are under .500, but they showed what they’re capable of with this victory, and they just might be peaking at the right time.

“It’s (Bago’s improvement) a matter of we finally are getting a little more mature,” said head coach Joe Murphy. “We’re not making as many mistakes. (We’re) Still making too much for me, but we hung in there against a real good Byron team. I mean, they’re outstanding.”

Byron finishes its season with a 24-7 record. Winnebago advances to the 2A Port Byron Riverdale Sectiona next Wednesday night where it will face Sterling Newman. Newman won the Sherrard Regional Friday night by defeating Prophetstown 48-37.

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