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Hot start, clutch finish propel Cards to wins

Boone Central/Newman Grove began it’s week of basketball action with a hot start Thursday, then closed it with a dramatic 3-point shot Saturday that improved the Cardinals’ early-season record to 3-1.
The Cardinals hosted Central City Thursday, Dec. 7, and effectively took the Bison out of the game in the first quarter with a 23-4 eight-minute blitz. The visitors played fairly evenly with BC/NG over the final three periods, but could never threaten the Cardinals.
“We got off to a great start with both defense and offense,” said Cardinal Coach Justin Harris. “We needed to move more against their zone, but our guards did a good job attacking. Our press was very effective at times.”
Boone Central/Newman Grove traveled to Pierce Friday for another bruising Mid-State Conference battle with the rival Bluejays.
As usual, the game was a hard-fought, physical defensive battle with BC/NG scratching out a 14-11 halftime lead. Pierce used a 12-8 run in the third period to edge ahead, and the teams see-sawed to a 37-37 tie in the closing moments.
The Cardinal defense came through one final time, forcing a Pierce turnover and giving Gentrup a chance to apply the winning dagger stroke with a last-second 3-pointer from the top of the key.
“The kids maintained their composure throughout the game and kept battling,” Harris praised. “We made some great plays late with our press and forced a turnover to get the ball at the end.
“Dylan made a great read, shot fake and shot for the win.”
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