An up-and-down basketball season continued for the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals Friday with a tough 58-53 loss to Mid-State Conference foe Battle Creek at Newman Grove.
BC/NG (9-6), previously ranked 5th, dropped out of the Omaha World-Herald’s Class C1 Top 10 with the loss. The victory boosted Battle Creek (13-5) into the 10th position in the OWH C2 Top 10.
Battle Creek had just a one-point edge after one quarter of play, but used a 15-8 advantage in the second period to gain separation and take a 30-22 halftime lead. BC/NG trimmed the deficit to 41-36, but couldn’t complete the comeback, allowing the Braves 17 points in the final stanza.
“We’re disappointed in the outcome. We know we are better than we showed,” Card Coach Justin Harris said. “We took care of the basketball better, but were outrebounded, with few crucial ones in the fourth.”
The visitors did have the rebound advantage over Boone Central/Newman Grove by a 32-27 margin. The Braves also hit 58 percent of their 2-point field goal attempts (18-of-31) and 13-of-19 free throws, although sinking just 3-of-14 3-point tries. BC/NG struggled with its shooting touch, converting just 43 percent from 2-point range (18-of-42), 33 percent behind the arc (4-of-12) and only 45 percent at the foul line (5-of-11).
Boone Central/Newman Grove and Battle Creek will match up again in the first round of the Mid-State Conference Tournament this week. The game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Norfolk Catholic High School, dependent on weather conditions.
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