GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — After losing twice to start the week, Adams Central got a satisfying finish to it by defeating Top 10 No. 10 Columbus Scotus 61-52 Saturday at the Heartland Hoops Classic.
The Patriots lost in overtime on Monday to Kearney Catholic in the LouPlatte Conference final and the next night lost 55-36 to Hastings St. Cecilia after being tied at halftime.
"It’s been a tough week. We’ve been a little battered and bruised,’’ Patriots coach Zac Foster said. "To be in the same situation today, tied at the half, and see how we responded, playing with confidence, I was just so proud of our kids."
Class C-1 No. 3 Adams Central (18-4) led by six after the third quarter and got its first 10-point lead, 46-36, on a 3 by Kyler Wormstadt. A basket by Luke Goldenstein, who matched David Bohlen’s 15 points for team honors, gave the Patriots a 13-point lead.
Scotus, ranked second in C-1, has hit a rough stretch after winning its first 18 games, including the Centennial Conference championship. It lost for the third time in four games, with all losses to ranked teams.
Against the Patriots’ zone, Dalton Taylor had a game-high 18 points. Nathan Ostdiek had 11, all in the first half, but Cody Mroczek went scoreless. That shocked Foster.
"Our No. 1 emphasis was on Taylor," he said. "He’s an all-state level player and we felt going zone would limit his touches. From the scouting reports we got, Mroczek and Ostdiek were 2-3."
Columbus Scotus (19-3) ............................. 9 15 10 18—52
Adams Central (18-4) ................................. 13 11 16 21—61
CS: Dalton Taylor 18, Nate Ostdiek 11, Jackson Kumpf 8, Tate VunCannon 7, Miles Putnam 6, Trevor Kaslon 2.
AC: David Bohlen 15, Luke Goldenstein 15, Kyler Wormstadt 13, Cale Pleak 11, Garrett Sittner 5, Dawson Eckhardt 2.