LINCOLN – It’s safe to say nobody saw it coming. The Centennial Bronco boys basketball team started slowly, and finished even slower, in a 54-25 state basketball tournament semifinal loss to top-seeded BRLD Friday afternoon at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.
Centennial’s offense sputtered all game long It started early, with just nine points scored in each of the first two quarters. Despite that, they only trailed 25-18 at halftime.
But the big story was the second half. Centennial was shut out in the 3rd quarter, didn’t get their first second half point until Cooper Gierhan hit a free throw with 5:52 to go in the 4th quarter, and they got their sole second half field goal on a Joel Bargen jumper with 3:25 remaining in the game. Centennial scored just 7 points after intermission.
Adding to the Broncos woes, leading scorer Jackson Hirschfeld, who poured in 20 in Thursday night’s win over Wakefield, was limited to two first quarter free throws.
Senior Wyatt Ehlers and sophomore Cooper Gierhan scored 7 points apiece for the 24-3 Broncos, who will close out the tournament and their season against two-time defending Class C-2 champion Ponca in the consolation game Saturday at 9am at Lincoln Southeast High School.
BRLD, 26-1, was led by sophomore Lucas Vogt’s 18 points. The Wolverines will face Yutan in the C-2 championship game Saturday at 4:30 pm at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
Listen to the game here.