One got away, but the Boone Central Cardinals regrouped Saturday after a Friday night loss and earned a split on the opening weekend of the boys basketball season.
In, around, and out. It was that close.
With Hartington Cedar Catholic holding a 69-66 advantage, Calvin Webster’s final 3-point attempt at the buzzer kissed the backboard and appeared to carom into the hoop, only to rim around and out, ending Cardinal hopes on opening night.
In an entertaining contest featuring two top northeast Nebraska teams, Cedar Catholic had just enough to hold on at the end. Each team made runs during the game, but could never gain much separation from the other.
“I thought we played well. We had some careless turnovers in the first half, but minimized our mistakes in the second. We got in a little bit of foul trouble in the first half, but had some guys step up and play effectively,” Card Coach Justin Harris commented. “We had a few too many breakdowns defensively where we were not in the right position.”
Boone Central nailed down its first victory of the season Saturday at Lakeview. With a strong effort on the interior and some stellar free throw shooting in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals won a tight 55-48 contest over the hosts.
Much like Friday in Albion, neither team could gain big leads in a hotly-contested game. Boone took a 31-28 edge into halftime and held a 39-36 lead after three quarters of play. The Cardinals stepped to the line and sank 6-of-9 foul shots in the final stanza to help hold off any Lakeview rally attempt.
“We were able to come away with a win, but it wasn’t pretty. We had more turnovers than Lakeview, but made more steals. So many of our turnovers were unforced,” Harris said. “We also struggled from the 3-point line while Lakeview shot the ball fairly well from deep. We did execute well on both ends of the floor when Lakeview cut our lead to one in the fourth quarter.
“We did a great job getting the ball in the paint, as we scored 38 points inside.”
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