The Tigers overcame shooting woes with sturdy defense and relentless offensive rebounding to record the program’s first state tournament win since 1927.
North Bend (24-3) shot 29.8 percent (14 of 47) from the floor and 9 of 20 from the foul line, but still led most of the way. The Tigers limited the Patriots to a season-low point total on 40-percent shooting (12 of 30), and held them scoreless for the first 7:29 of the game.
The Tigers, whose last state tourney win was a 17-8 victory over Ainsworth, will take on No. 2 Ogallala (27-0) in Friday’s 10:45 a.m. semifinal.
“After 90-some years of not having won — what a tremendous moment for these guys,” North Bend coach John Baehr said.
Tanner Wietfeld had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead North Bend, which used a 7-0 run after falling behind 36-35 on two free throws by Haggan Hilgendorf with 1:36 to play. Breckin Peters, who entered the game after starting guard John Emanuel fouled out at the 1:36 mark, scored five points in the final 1:21 to help the Tigers clinch victory.
Adams Central (17-8)...............2 13 15 7—37
North Bend Central (24-3)........11 8 12 11—42
AC: Cameron Foster 1, Nolan Sughroue 13, Thomas Hunt 11, Haggan Hilgendorf 12.
NBC: John Emanuel 8, Breckin Peters 6, Austin Endorf 3, Tannern Wietfeld 16, Jaxon Wietfeld 7, Cole Kluthe 2.
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