LINCOLN — David Bohlen’s red-hot start helped Adams Central get off the schneid in the state tournament.
Bohlen scored 17 first-half points en route to a game-high 30 as the No. 2 Patriots beat No. 9 North Bend 53-43 Thursday afternoon in Class C-1 first-round play at the Devaney Center. It was the Patriots’ first state tournament victory in eight appearances.
“It’s good in big games if you can get a shot to go early,” said Bohlen, who made four of his first five 3-pointers. “My teammates just kept finding me and the shots kept going in. It gives us confidence when we get an early lead and get it going.
“We can play loose, find each other, be unselfish and play together.”
Adams Central (23-4) led by 18 points on three occasions — the last on a Bohlen 3-pointer that put his team ahead 27-9 with 3:01 left before halftime. Bohlen finished 5 of 11 from beyond the arc.
“I think you give a lot of credit to all of our guys for being unselfish and moving (the ball),” Adams Central coach Zac Foster said. “Dave got hot early and they really try to get him the ball. When he plays well, we play well — so you can give a lot of credit to Dave early for knocking down some big shots and getting us going.”
Jake Wietfeld scored 16 points to lead North Bend Central, which ended its season at 22-3. The Tigers, who trailed 19-4 after the first quarter, were 4 of 5 on 3-point attempts in the third quarter, cutting their deficit to 38-30 on Nathan Boyce’s trey with 2:13 remaining in the quarter.
“Defensively, we got a little bit more sound the second half,” North Bend coach John Baehr said. “We over-helped too much in the first half and gave (Adams Central) too many drives into the lane and they got a lot of kickout threes on us.
“In the second half, we minimized that a little better and that helped us out, plus they didn’t shoot quite as well.”
Adams Central answered the Tigers’ 8-0 third-quarter run with a driving basket by Bohlen with six seconds left. The Patriots then used an 11-of-13 performance at the foul line in the fourth quarter to hold on and advance to Friday’s 10:45 a.m. state semifinal at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Foster said it was “a relief” for the Patriots to get the school’s first win at state.
“We talk about legacy with our guys and trying to improve our program,” Foster said. “We talk about trying to put bricks in the road to success and trying to get better.
“I think beating (Columbus) Scotus a month ago was a really big step for us and then getting this one, obviously, was another really big step.”
North Bend Central (22-3)....... 4 10 16 13—43
Adams Central (23-4).............19 10 11 13—53
NBC: Nathan Boyce 6, Thilo Poessnecker 6, Jake Cleveringa 3, Hunter Oerman 3, Tanner Wietfeld 3, Matthew Ortmeier 4, Jake Wietfeld 16, James Seymour 2.
AC: David Bohlen 30, Lucas Goldenstein 9, Garrett Sittner 2, Kyler Wormstadt 4, Cale Pleak 8.
Officials: David Egge, Richard Buchmann, Chris Wiedenfeld.