Boone Central/Newman Grove fended off Twin River’s comeback effort in Albion Tuesday, Dec. 13, to nip the Titans 60-59 and improve its early-season record to 5-0.
Twin River, which entered the contest 2-2, put the Cardinals on their heels with a 16-8 second-quarter advantage that gave the Titans a 29-20 halftime lead.
Boone Central/Newman Grove regrouped at intermission, however, and outscored the visitors 24-13 in the third period, including a 14-0 run that had the Boone Central gymnasium rocking.
Twin River fought back in the final stanza, but BC/NG came up with the needed clutch plays and secured the victory with late free throws.
Both teams had trouble getting into a consistent offensive flow in a choppy game that had 43 fouls whistled, resulting in 65 free throws.
Although not a work of art, Cardinal Coach Justin Harris was pleased his squad found ways to win.
“Derek Stuhr had a great game and sparked us in the third quarter with a steal and bucket. That play led to more forced turnovers, as we went on a 14-0 run,” Harris commented. “We had a poor second quarter, where we got the shots we wanted, but couldn’t get them to fall.
“It was great to make plays later that helped us find a way to win the game.”
Stuhr was the game’s standout, with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocked shots. Carter Henry scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for BC/NG, while Dylan Gentrup added 10 points and 2 assists.
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