Published Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:13 am
Patriots trip up GICC

A can't-miss second quarter set Adams Central up for a 64-54 win over Grand Island Central Catholic Saturday.

The Patriots went 5-for-5 from the floor and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in that period to build a 12-point halftime lead.

The Crusaders climbed back within three at the end of the third quarter but could get no closer.

Freshman David Bohlen scored 11 of his team-high 20 points in the second on three baskets and four free throws.

Adams Central coach Zac Foster said it is the off-season that sets up a huge quarter like the Patriots constructed.

"It's kids putting time in during the summer," he said. "Just like GICC, we have a lot of kids who put a lot of time in. It's a Bill Gavers line that I heard once that he'd tell his kids when they shot the ball, they had to believe they deserved to make it because of the time they invested.

"Some guys don't put any time in, they don't deserve to make it. Our kids put a lot of time in, so we trust them and they get a lot of freedom."

The game was tied at 17-all before the Patriots (11-5) closed out the half with a 14-2 run to lead 31-19.

The Crusaders were battling foul problems, with point guard Eli Hunter limited to three shots in the first half.

"We were in foul trouble," GICC coach Tino Martinez said. "The last 3 minutes of the second quarter I felt was the difference in the game. They went on that run there and got an 11-point lead.

"The rest of the game we played even or maybe beat them a little bit. But that 3 minutes were definitely the difference in the ballgame. We just couldn't stop a run."

GICC (11-5) stormed back in the third, closing out on a 10-0 run to trim the lead to 42-39.

The Crusaders turned a technical foul on Evan Lindblad into five points. John Rohweder, who had a game-high 23 points, hit both free throws then drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession.

"Having Hunter on the bench with foul trouble was a big factor," Foster said. "He came back in with fire in his eyes and really attacked off the dribble, created some shots for other guys outside.

"I thought we were a little impatient offensively."

But Garrett Sittner hit a trey for the Patriots 42 seconds into the fourth quarter, and GICC never made it a one-possession game again. Kyler Wormstadt went 8-for-8 from the line in the fourth to help seal the win.

"We guarded well in that third quarter," Martinez said. "We were able to get some guys back that had some fouls in the first half.

"Then we let things get away from us in the fourth with not executing details."

GICC again played without injured 6-foot-4 junior Youhanna Ghaifan, who Martinez said would return sooner rather than later.

Foster, who said Ghaifan is the best post in the state in Class B or below, didn't want his team think Ghaifan's absence would make the game any easier.

"GICC is a different team without Youhanna," he said. "We understand that. But they have a lot of pride. We talked about that they might have as much pride as any team in the state in my opinion.

"They're well-coached. They know everything we're going to do. Our kids had to be tough-minded and really fight because they pressured us on the outside."

Martinez said there can be benefits for having to play without Ghaifan.

"We were hoping during this stretch that it really strengthens our depth, and it will," he said. "But he's definitely a big piece of the puzzle to replace. We talked about not replacing him with one guy, but with three or four different guys in different ways."

Adams Central 64, GICC 54


Sittner 4-6 2-5 12, Bohlen 5-10 8-10 20, Wormstadt 1-1 10-10 13, Anderson 3-7 0-1 6, E. Lindblad 4-6 2-3 10, Niederklein 0-0 0-0 0, S. Lindblad 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 18-31 22-29 64.

GICC (11-5)

Stevenson 3-4 2-5 8, Brokaw 0-4 1-2 1, Rohweder 7-14 4-4 23, Hunter 4-10 5-5 13, Allen 3-6 0-0 7, Pfeifer 1-1 0-0 2, Heidelk 0-2 0-0 0, Wiens 0-5 0-1 0. Totals 18-46 12-17 54.

Adams Central ....... 11 20 11 22—64
GICC ....................... 10 9 20 15—54

3-point field goals—AC 5-10 (Sittner 2-4, Bohlen 2-3, Wormstadt 1-1, Anderson 0-1, S. Lindblad 1-1), GICC 6-19 (Rohweder 5-11, Heidelk 0-1, Wiens 0-4, Allen 1-3). Fouled out—Pfeifer. Rebounds—AC 29 (E. Lindblad 8), GICC 21 (Stevenson 5). Assists—AC 5 (Anderson 3), GICC 8 (Brokaw, Hunter 3). Turnovers—AC 11, GICC 11. Total fouls—AC 17, GICC 22. Technicals—E. Lindblad.


GICC 41, Adams Central 26

Meghan Krajicek scored 16 points to lead Grand Island Central Catholic to a 41-26 win over Adams Central Saturday.

The 5-foot-8 senior post played a big part in the Crusaders taking a 20-10 halftime lead.

"She did well," GICC assistant coach Stacia Rice said. "Meghan is a kid that really performs well every game. She's been our most consistent player."

Central Catholic wanted to consistently get the ball inside against the Patriots.

"I thought getting the ball into the post and getting our spacing were important," Rice said. "We got it into the post and we were aggressive and attacking."

Adams Central had a tough time trying to get the lead back into single digits in the second half.

"In practice we're really working on picking up our ball pressure and our outside defense," Rice said. "I thought they did OK with it. There's still room to improve. But they did better than they had in previous games."

Josie Bumgardner topped Adams Central with 11 points.

The Crusaders left happy to gain some momentum heading into the Centennial Conference Tournament.

"It was definitely needed," Rice said. "It's always good to have a win."

Adams Central (6-11) 3 7 8 8—26
GICC (6-10) 10 10 8 13—41

ADAMS CENTRAL—Wiseman 4, Bumgardner 11, LaMaster 4, Grimmett 1, Bostock 4, Keller 2.
GRAND ISLAND CENTRAL CATHOLIC—Anspauch 2, Flaherty 6, Seiler 2, Goering 1, Krajicek 16, Benton 6, Lowry 8.

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