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Cadet basketball teams pushing through conference tournament

February 01, 2019

Cadet basketball teams pushing through conference tournament

By: Andrea Hoffman

Last Saturday, the Cadet boys’ basketball team, scoring a season high 71 points, defeated the Madison Dragons by 34 points in the first round of the East Husker Conference.

Jumping to an early27-4  lead in the first quarter, the Cadets came out ready to play. Holding the Dragons to 10 points in the first half was a major contribution to the team’s win.

Head coach Cody Bobolz said, “I was really impressed how our guys got out to a fast start. It was a great first round win for the tournament; I liked to see how a lot of players contributed in the team's victory.”

Ten players for the Cadets scored in their game and shot 59% from the field.

Senior Blake Anderson lead the team with 17 points and 12 rebounds and not far behind him was Sophomore Zach Vander Griend with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Senior Ben Vander Griend also added four 3 pointers and 5 rebounds.

Having 8 blocks in the game was another great achievement because the most they’ve had in a game before Saturday was 3. The team also tied their season high for steals with 15.

Anderson stated, “We played well and did a really good job of not playing down to our competition.”

Tuesday, in the second round of the tournament, the Cadets played Bancroft-Rosalie/ Lyons-Decatur. The boys fell to the Wolverines 38-58.

            The game started out close, with the Cadets only trailing by 4 at the end of the first quarter.

            Ben Vander Griend led the Cadets with 13 points, and his younger brother Zach was right behind him with 12 Points. Zach tried to get the Cadets back into the game by hitting three of his four three pointers, but it wasn’t enough.

            Freshman Keegan Doggett added 9 points, along with Anderson who had six rebounds and Sophomore Jesus Barragan grabbed 5 rebounds.

            Bobolz said, “The BRLD players jumped out on us and overall they made more shots than we did, but I thought our boys gave a great effort.”

            The Cadet boys’ basketball team will play for 7th place in Wisner tonight at 6 against Oakland-Craig.

 

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