The 2011-12 Boone Central boys basketball season might be summed up as topsy-turvy.
An 0-4 start. A Holiday Tournament championship. A three-game losing skid to begin January. Then, a strong finish, with nine victories in 13 games, including a runner-up finish in the Mid-State Conference Tournament and C1-8 sub-district title.
It all added up to a 13-11 record and the Cardinals being only a district final loss from a state tournament appearance.
Through all the ups and downs, one noticeable aspect of the team was its balance. Four players scoring nine points per game. Three were within 23 rebounds of each other. Four Cardinals with more than 40 assists. And so on.
With many of the statistical leaders from ‘11-12 underclassmen, the future of the BC program appears bright.
Boone Central outscored opponents 52.3-46.7, mainly on the strength of a 97-72 advantage in made three-point field goals. The Cardinals also had 31 more two-point field goals despite shooting a lower percentage than their foes and were nearly even at the foul line (277-280).
For the season, BC sank 30% of its three-point attempts (97-of-322), 41% of two-point tries (344-of-839) and 56% of its free throws (277-of-493).
The Cards outrebounded opponents 761-690 and forced 353 turnovers while committing 271. BC also had sizeable advantages in assists (333-210), steals (200-131) and blocked shots (122-41).
Senior Brett Temme and sophomore Tyler Hedlund each averaged 9.2 points per game in 2011-12, while junior Beau Bremer and sophomore Derek Gentrup tallied 9.1 per contest.
Along with his scoring, Bremer topped Boone Central in rebounds (6.6 per game), blocked shots (91), two-point field goals (78) and free throws made (tie at 59).
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