A pair of big time games are coming to the Lourdes gym soon as the Knight boys' basketball team will host Sterling on Saturday and Lutheran High Northeast on Tuesday.
The Knights, who are 9-6 on the season after Tuesday's home win over Auburn, are also gearing up for the Pioneer Conference tourney, which is set to begin on Jan. 28.
Sterling, rated No. 8 in Class D2 by the Omaha World Herald, sports a 10-4 record that includes a three-point triumph against a one-loss Sidney, Iowa, squad.
Coach Joe Tynon described the Sterling team as one that will challenge Lourdes with size and physicality.
Lutheran High Northeast, rated No. 1 in Class C2 by the Journal Star, will certainly present challenges as well. The 13-2 Eagles have suffered their only defeats in games against Class B Seward and Class C1 Pierce.
The Pierce game on Dec. 29 went to overtime and it should be noted that Lutheran High Northeast has since avenged that defeat in a five-point win on Jan. 15.
No matter who the opponent is, the focus for the Knight boys' team will remain the same—to create offense.
Defensively, the Knights have been holding opponents under 40 points per contest.
"We are doing a good enough job to win games," said Tynon.
Looking back at the Knights' games at MUDECAS, the Knights beat Diller-Odell and Exeter-Milligan before losing to Southern in the title game.
And the difference was offense.
"In that Southern game, we didn't hit shots," said Tynon.