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NCMS Boys Basketball Team Sneaks Past Centralia

By: Jaden Thomas & Kaylee Finney

Camryn Kaster

December 20, 2017

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School boys basketball team traveled to Centralia to take on the Panthers on Thursday, December 14.

    The B-team started the night off with a bang. Coming off two losses in a row, the B-Team was in need of a win. The B-team was fired up and ready to play again. In the first quarter, it was all Thunder and for awhile, it didn't look like Centralia had a chance. The scoring in the second quarter was equal. The Thunder boys would make a shot and then the Panthers would score right back. The B-team boys were motivated to play their game and came out of the locker room ready for the second half. Just like in the first quarter, the third quarter was pretty much all Thunder basketball. The Panthers were in foul trouble and could not catch back up to the Thunder. The Thunder went on to win the game by a wide point differential. The NC boys B-team increased their record to three wins and two losses.

    Korbin Macke said, “I thought we played very good and a lot of our shots went in.”

    The A-team boys were the next team to play.  The Thunder team had a slow start at the beginning of the game.  In the first quarter, neither of the teams were making shots and the quarter ended 5-6 with Centralia in the lead.  The game was close throughout the first half, but the NC boys were able to put a few more points on the board in the second quarter to take a 10-7 lead at halftime.  In the second half, the game still remained close.  The score was back and forth, shot for shot, and no team was able to captivate on a big lead.  Going down to the end of the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 19.  Marcus Beck stepped up his game and made a layup and was fouled on the play.  At the free throw line, Marcus finished off the 3 point play by making the free throw.  As the last few seconds ticked off the clock, the Thunder boys were celebrating that they had stayed undefeated with a 22-19 win over Centralia.

    Sam McWilliams said, “The game was pretty good, the second half became close.”

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    C-team boys played a two quarter game to end the night after the boys A-Team. The offense of both teams was having difficulty getting the ball in the goal. With about a minute remaining in the first quarter, Centralia was able to get on the board with a bucket. In the second quarter, Preston Koch scored the first bucket of the game for NC to make the score 2-2. To finish up the second quarter,  both teams added points only from free throws. At the end of the two quarters, Centralia was able to lead NC and get the win. The NCMS C-Team has yet to get a win this year with a record consisting of 2 losses and 2 ties.

    “We were very energetic and it was a good learning experience,” said Lawson Schmelzle.

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    The NC boys teams played great and hope to do the same in their future games.

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