Broken Bow 70
BROKEN BOW--The Broken Bow basketball team earned their first win with a 70-51 route over Ainsworth; it was also the first career win for Broken Bow coach Anthony Blum.
"The second quarter was our best quarter of basketball all year. We hit some shots from the outside and got stops to hold our first halftime lead," Blum said. "At halftime I told the guys if we get stops and rebound we would come away with a victory. We did that in the third quarter and held Ainsworth to seven points. We finally played a game for the whole 32 minutes, and if we can do that consistently we will be very competitive."
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St. Paul 49
Broken Bow 47
ST. PAUL--St. Paul jumped out to a 17-3 first quarter lead and held off a Broken Bow comeback in the second half to win 49-47.
The Wildcats simply dominated the Indians in the first half, outscoring Broken Bow 29-10.
However, Broken Bow fought hard in the second half, outscoring St. Paul 37-20. However, St. Paul was able to hold on for the win.
"St. Paul out-competed us in the first half and we didn't match their energy level," Coach Blum said. “We were down by as many as 24 in the first half and it was mainly the case of not working as hard as the other team."
Despite the loss, Blum was proud how his squad fought back in the second half. " I told the guys I was extremely proud of the way they played in the second half," Blum said. "We didn't quit when that would have been the easy thing to do. We will keep working on being consistent for 32 minutes." Tanner Johnson was the leading scorer for Broken Bow. Johnson dropped in 14 points.
Also contributing were Hunter Campbell with 13 points, Marcus Miller with seven points, Nate Hanson with six points and Michael Coleman with three points.
Twin Loup 46
BURWELL--Burwell used a 28-point surge in the third quarter and would post a 63-46 win over Twin Loup. Besides the third quarter outburst from Burwell, this game was evenly matched.
Burwell lead 11-10 after the first quarter, outscored Twin Loup 11-9 during the second quarter and took a 22-19 lead into the half. Burwell then exploded for 28 points compared to Twin Loup's 17 during the third quarter.
The Longhorns outscored Twin Loup 13-10 in the fourth quarter to close out the win. Despite the loss, Guy Fenske became the fifth Sargent/Twin Loup player to score 1000 points in their career.
"We have ran our offense through Jed for three years," said Head Coach Mike Kozeal. " He has come up big for us numerous times."
Kozeal was happy how his team played, except for the first three minutes in the third quarter.
" We played well for most of the game," Kozeal said. " A three minute stretch at the beginning of the quarter proved to be the difference."
Leading the way for Twin Loup was Fenske with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Jack Gibbens helped out with 15 points and Tyke Kozeal chipped in four points and hauled in nine rebounds.
Heartland Lutheran 63
ARCADIA--Arcadia couldn't keep up with Heartland Lutheran and fell 63-27.
Arcadia kept the contest close in the first quarter, however, the Red Hornets went on a 16-2 second quarter run to propel them to the win. Matthew Quick led the way for the Huskies with eight points and 13 rebounds.
Michael Chelewski helped out with six points and three rebounds.
PLEASANTON--Litchfield outlasted Bertrand 59-53 in the third-place game at the Pleasanton Pre-Holiday Tournament.
Tyson Howard was the leading scorer for the Trojans with 20 points. Also helping out was Nolan Kratzer with 15 points.
PLEASANTON-- Arapahoe routed Litchfield 57-32 in the first round of the Pleasanton Pre-Holiday Tournament.
Michael Heapy was the leading scorer for the Trojans with eight points.
South Loup 55
MAXWELL--South Loup dropped SMC 55-46 in the first round of the Maxwell Booster Club Tournament.
Aaron Stryker was the leading scorer with 16 points. Helping out with nine points was Justin Ross.
South Loup 27
MAXWELL--South Loup wasn't able to muster enough second half defense and fell 36-27 in the championship game of the Maxwell Booster Club Tournament.
Stryker was the leading scorer with six points.