The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals had a strong start to the 2018 Bennington Holiday Tournament, defeating Broken Bow 68-61 (OT) in the opening round Friday before running into a very tough Adams Central squad in Saturday’s championship game.
Although both teams’ rosters were quite different from a year ago, Boone Central/Newman Grove (5-4) got a measure of revenge on Broken Bow (6-4) with Friday’s win. The Indians upset the Cardinals in the opening round of the 2018 Nebraska State Tournament after BCNG had defeated Bow in the regular season and sub-district tournament.
Carter Henry, a returning 2017-18 starter, led the 68-61 overtime victory this time around, pouring in 27 points for the Cardinals. Henry had two of BCNG’s five first-half 3-pointers as the Cards took a 27-20 lead at intermission. Will Frey, Brenden Beierman and Weston Choat added one trey apiece.
Mirroring the competitive contests between the teams last season, Broken Bow fought back in the second half. Following a quiet two-point third quarter, Henry added another 3-point field goal and eight total points in the fourth period to help BCNG stave off Bow’s rally and get to overtime. The extra period was all Cardinals, who feasted at the charity stripe. Along with Ryan Kramer’s 3-pointer, BCNG sank 9-of-10 free throws (4-of-4 by Henry) to seal the victory.
Boone Central/Newman Grove could not find answers against Class C1 #2 Adams Central (8-2) in Saturday’s final, as the Patriots rolled to a 77-46 victory.
The Patriots roared to a 26-12 lead in the first quarter behind 6-foot-8 center Haggan Hilgendorf’s 11 points and never looked back. AC’s Slechta hit two 3-point shots and poured in 12 second-period points as the Pats built a 46-19 halftime bulge.
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