There was an extra day’s wait, but the Boone Central Cardinals’ patience paid off Saturday with a rousing 67-54 victory over visiting Lakeview to begin the 2020-21 Nebraska high school boys basketball season.
The Cardinals rode a 21-10 second-quarter advantage to a 39-28 halftime lead, fought off a Viking challenge in the second half and chalked up their first victory in front of a limited crowd of family members at Boone Central High School.
Boone Central Coach Justin Harris was happy with his team’s effort in the delayed opener.
“I thought we had great energy throughout the game,” Harris praised. “I was proud of the way the kids bounced back after Lakeview cut it to four in the second half.
“We did a good job of valuing the basketball, committing only 11 turnovers while getting 60 field goal attempts and 32 free throws in our first game. We were able to get four guys in double figures. I suspect our scoring leader will change from night to night based on how we need to attack our opponent, and who is playing well.
“It was a good first game to get the season rolling.”
Senior Ryan Kramer threw down an early dunk to spark Boone Central’s start, and set up teammates for several baskets during a fast-paced first quarter that ended with the teams tied 18-18. Kramer and Calvin Webster splashed 3-point shots during the second-quarter run, and Alex Christo scored nine points to help the Cardinals take a double-digit halftime lead. Boone Central hit a momentary offensive lull after intermission, but finished strong, tallying 18 points in the fourth period. Carsten Bird scored eight points in the final stanza, sinking 6-of-6 free throws.