After dropping a pair of road contests to begin their week, the Boone Central Cardinals used a late flurry Saturday to earn their first victory of the season over visiting West Holt in Albion.
Boone Central (1-6) traveled to Twin River Tuesday, Dec. 15, and dropped a 47-39 decision to the host Titans.
“Another slow start and furious fourth quarter is the best way to summarize,” said BC Coach Dan Zoucha. “We had a low turnover rate (7), but were unable to get our shots to drop.
“We did force a number of shots, which had us out of rebounding position. When we did get offensive rebounds, we could not convert. We changed things up in the fourth quarter and made a run, but Twin River shot well from the free throw line.”
Julian Kunzman led the Cards with 17 points and Nathan Olson grabbed nine rebounds.
Things got out of hand early at Class C1 state-ranked Norfolk Catholic Friday and the Knights stormed to a 70-31 Mid-State Conference victory.
“We knew Catholic had the potential to get quick if we did not take care of the defensive end,” Zoucha acknowledged. “We were in the game and, had we converted a few shots, the first quarter would have been much closer.
“However, a disastrous second quarter got us in a hole we could not get out of. We commend the guys for not giving up and playing hard to the end.”
Kunzman led Card scoring with 16 points, hitting 5-of-7 treys.
With Julian Kunzman continuing his hot hand, Boone Central built a fourth-quarter lead over West Holt Saturday, squandered it, then rallied for a 46-42 victory.
“This was similar to about three other games this season. We believed if we were patient and worked the ball, we could get many things accomplished – and we did,” Zoucha said. “We shot much better from the field and rebounded well. We had a few turnovers in the fourth quarter, which allowed West Holt to take their only lead, but the guys battled through it.
“There are always things we can improve on, but we felt we played hard as a team.”
Kunzman led the way with another strong effort that included 20 points and five assists.
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