After losing three starters off of last season’s Class D-2 state championship team, Bancroft-Rosalie heard the murmurs early this season that it was inevitable the Panthers would take a step back. Instead, No. 1 Bancroft-Rosalie is one win away from a second straight title.

After finishing as East Husker Conference boys basketball runner-up last year, Bancroft-Rosalie wasn’t leaving Central Community College’s Raider Fieldhouse in Columbus Saturday without winning it all.

Oakland-Craig came within three points of handing Bancroft-Rosalie its first loss with 19 seconds left in the game, but the Panthers hit 4 of 4 free throws to seal a 66-59 win and 13-0 record in Oakland.

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