LINCOLN – The 2018-19 basketball season came to a disappointing end for the Centennial Broncos Saturday morning, as they fell to the Ponca Indians 52-43 in the Class C-2 state tournament consolation game at Lincoln Southeast High School.
The Broncos, wanting to get the taste of Friday’s big loss to BRLD out of their mouths, came out looking more like themselves, as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead, and held an 11-7 lead after one quarter. Ponca, averaging 60 points a game, outscored Centennial 16-13 in the 2nd period, but the Broncos maintained a 24-22 halftime advantage.
Ponca Senior point guard Gage McGill came out on fire in the 3rd quarter, dumping in 10 of his game high 20 points, as the Indians took their first lead of the game, 25-24, at the 6:05 mark. They outscored Centennial 16-10 in the period and led 38-24 heading into the final quarter.
Five quick points by Centennial to start the final quarter briefly gave them a 39-38 lead with 5:58 remaining in the game, but behind McGill and junior Carter Kingsbury, Ponca took the lead for good, outscoring the Broncos 14-9 in the 4th, to cement the win. Ponca ends the year 24-5.
Centennial, finishing the year at 24-4, was led by senior Jackson Hirschfeld, the only Bronco in double figures, with a game-high 23 points.
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