HASTINGS – Despite two snow days and a long layoff from competition, Adams Central extended their win-streak to nine in a 66-40 LouPlatte quarterfinal win against Gibbon on Friday night.
“We were excited to get out here. It’s a tough grind when you have snow days and we’ve had two practices and seven or eight days since we’ve played last,” Adams Central Head Coach Zac Foster said. “Overall, we’re happy we got a win and we’re happy to move on in the conference tournament.”
Adams Central got out to a hot start shooting, thanks to eight first quarter points from Junior David Bohlen. After Bohlen, who finished with a game-high 20 points, converted back-to-back layups to put the Patriots up midway through the quarter, Junior Dawson Eckhardt connected on a three-pointer to extend the Patriots’ lead to five.
Senior Garrett Sittner missed a layup, but gathered his own rebound and finished the second opportunity to further add to the Adams Central lead. Bohlen put an exclamation point on the first quarter by connecting on a three-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to put Adams Central up 16-4 heading into the second quarter.
It was Bohlen’s ability to get himself, as well as his teammates in rhythm, that was the difference.
“Dave (Bohlen) is a really good player, most people know that around the area,” Foster said. “He was looking for his shot, he was creating for other people and he had a nice flow to his game tonight.”
The second quarter started how the first quarter ended, which was with a Bohlen basket. Eckhardt connected on another three-pointer the following possession and Adams Central led by 18 midway through the second quarter.
After back-to-back Gibbon turnovers, Bohlen connected on a three-pointer from the corner that extended the Patriots’ lead to 21. Later in the quarter Gibbon Freshman Izaiah Gomez recorded a rebound and made a baseline jumper to trim the deficit to 15. But Bohlen responded, connecting on a floater with less than two seconds remaining and Adams Central led 31-16 at halftime.
The Patriots scored two quick baskets after halftime, before Gibbon Senior Korbin Hynes, who finished with 13 points, got a layup to go. Later in the quarter Hynes connected on a three-pointer and layup, to trim the Patriots’ lead to 20.
Adams Central continued their hot shooting in the fourth quarter, thanks to points from seven different players.
Despite his team’s strong play on Friday night, Foster acknowledged his team still has plenty to work on.
“We just have to be consistent mentally and defensively, we have to talk better. Everything has to be better,” he said. “Every round in the tournament you go on you’re going to have to raise your level, so tomorrow defensively we’re going to have to raise our level in order to win.”
Franny Lopez 2-8 0-0 6 Korbin Hynes 5-15 3-4 13 Izaiah Gomez 2-5 0-0 4 Logan Middleswart 1-1 0-0 2 Devin Stroh 5-13 3-6 14 Zach Ewoldt 0-2 0-0 0
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David Bohlen 8-10 0-0 20 Luke Goldenstein 2-4 0-0 4 Drake LeBar 1-1 0-0 3 Garrett Sittner 3-5 2-2 8 Dawson Eckhardt 3-6 0-0 8 Connor Nelson 1-5 0-0 3 Kyler Wormstadt 2-4 0-0 4 Jack keller 1-1 0-0 3 Cole Pleak 3-6 2-2 8 Ethan Lang 1-2 0-0 2 Cameron Anderson 0-1 0-0 0