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NCMS Boys Basketball Team Claims Second Place

By: Brenden Bearce & Jeremiah Dalrymple

February 16, 2017

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    It's that time again! The Oregon Trail League tournament kicked off and the Nemaha Central Thunder boys took on the Doniphan West Mustangs in the first round of the tournament. In the first quarter, the NC offense sparked up, scoring 13 points to D-West's 6. Both teams had the defense pick up in the second quarter. NC scored 4 points, while  D-West was held to 2 points. Going into halftime the score was NC 17, D-West 8. In the 3rd quarter, NC was up and ready to go, scoring 12 points, while D-West only scored 5 points. In the fourth quarter, NC scored 7 points, while D-West had their highest scoring quarter, scoring 10 points. The game ended with an NC victory with a score of 36 to 23. Another fantastic victory for NC! Since NC got the win, they will have the opportunity to play Saints Peter and Paul in the semi-final round of the tournament. 

    "We played well, so now we have to take it one day at a time," said Gage Palic.

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    Here we go! The second round of the Oregon Trail League tournament found NC matched up with SPPS. The Nemaha Central Thunder boys took on SPPS for the second time of the season. The Thunder boys had high hopes that this time around they would be victorious.  In the first quarter, the Thunder got off to a terrific start scoring 12 points, while holding SPPS to only 2 points. The second quarter was a big offensive quarter for both teams as the NC boys added 13 points to their score and SPPS chipped in 11 points.  The halftime score was 25-13 with NC in the lead.

    The third quarter was more of a defensive quarter.  The Thunder boys added 6 points to the score and SPPS outscored them by scoring 8.  With the final quarter about to begin, the Thunder seemed in control with a 10 point lead.  The Thunder continued to rock the court in the fourth quarter outscoring the Trojans 9-5.  The final score was 26 to 40, and with the win, the Thunder boys were moving on to the championship game.

    "The pressure was on them, so we just went out and played our hardest," said Dalton Huerter.

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    The championship game was the Centralia Panthers versus the Nemaha Central Thunder. In the first quarter, the teams were pretty much equally matched.  Centralia scored 4 points and NC was ahead by one, scoring 5. Centralia picked up their game, scoring 12 points in the second quarter, while the Thunder struggled only scoring 2. At halftime the score was Centralia 16, Nemaha Central 7.

     In the third quarter, the Thunder rocked the court, scoring 14 points to Centralia's 4 points.  With one quarter left to go, NC had gained the lead 21-20. The fourth quarter was a tense quarter for both teams.  The defense had picked up and both teams were battling for the win.  NC managed to get their points from the free-throw line, scoring 4, while Centralia scored a basket to keep the game tight.  With under a minute to go, Centralia hits a 3 pointer to tie the game.  NC tried to recover and avoid the overtime, but the shots just were not falling.  In the overtime play, Centralia edged NC by outscoring them 2 baskets to 1.  The NC boys ended up losing a close one, 27-29.  What an awesome championship game for both teams!

  "We started bad, but in the second half we got back into the game and took it to overtime," said Landen Baker.

 

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