Swede boys get win at Centura
Gothenburg earned back-to- back wins on consecutive nights taking down the Centurions 52-42 on the road.
Playing in their sixth game in 10 days, Swedes head coach Roger Koehler said he was happy to get out of there with a win.
“We were definitely tired but the players toughed it out and battled for the victory,” Koehler said.
In years past, Gothenburg and Centura have shared some rough play but Koehler added this game was normal.
“The game wasn’t as rough as it usually is,” Koehler said. “We played well and did some good things.”
One of those positive things was getting out to a lead and maintaining it.
Gothenburg led 14-10 after the first quarter. Consistent scoring by both teams would keep the game interesting.
Nathan Lemburg and Grant Myers drew most of Gothenburg’s attention, Koehler said.
“Our pressure on them caused their offense problems,” he said. “They scored points but those two had to work hard for them.”
The Swedes extended their lead to 10 before two three-pointers by Myers before halftime kept the Centurions within striking distance at 25-21.
Unfortunately Gothenburg missed some shots players usually make, Koehler said, which would’ve given the Swedes more cushion.
Both teams scored 12 points in the third quarter and the Swede lead was 37-33 before they gained control of the game in the fourth period.
The cushion started to slowly stretch in favor of the Swedes, Koehler said.
“We got to where they were fouling us and sending us to the line,” he said.
The Swedes shot 10-15 from the charity stripe in the last frame while controlling possessions.
“Centura went to a zone with five minutes left in the game so our guys just backed it out and melted clock,” Koehler said. “They eventually went back to man to foul us.”
The clutch free throw shooting pushed Gothenburg to its 10-point win.
Tanner Borchardt once again led the Swedes in scoring with 25 points. He shot 7-9 from the free throw line.
Centura had two players in double digits: Myers with 17 points and Lemburg with 12.
The Swedes take their recent success into a home game against rival Cozad Thursday.
Koehler said both teams will play a little harder.
“We have to get our legs under us this week,” Koehler said. “Playing them always raises the game’s intensity level.”
Reserves win a nail-biter
The Gothenburg reserves beat the Centurions by two, 41-39, on Friday.
The junior varsity Swedes were outscored 26-15 in the first half but bounced back with 26 points in the second half to win.
Dawson Graham led all scorers with 16 points.
Scoring by quarters:
SWEDE SCORERS: Dawson Graham 16, Ty Clement 10, Collin Hahn 7, Bryce Kowalewski 3, Matt Bruntz 3, Ryan Rehbach 2.