With Two Regular Season Games Left, Centura Boys Basketball are Setting at 11-8

The Centura boy’s basketball team is heading into the final two games of their regular season with a record of 11-8.

Centura vs St. Paul

Tuesday, January 30, the St. Paul Wildcats hosted Centura in the Quarter-Finals of the LouPlatte Conference Basketball Tournament.  The Semi-Finals and The Finals of the tournament were played at Centura.  In the first quarter, the Wildcats jumped out to a 13-7 lead.  In the second quarter, Centura was able to score 17 and were able to take a slim 24-22 lead into the intermission.  In the second half, St. Pauls’s defense would stiffen as the Wildcats were able to hold Centura to just 14 second half points, resulting in a 41-38 St. Paul victory.  The 38 points scored by Centura was their lowest offensive out of the season,  thus St. Paul knocked Centura out of the LPC conference basketball tournament.  Dawson Caspersen and Joe Carey each scored 10 to lead Centura in scoring.  Joey Carey was also Centura’s leading rebounder with 10, Ben Oman had eight.  With the loss Centura falls to 9-7 on the year.

Scoring by quarters

Qtr. 1     Qrt. 2     Qtr. 3    Qtr. 4       Final

Centura               7            17            5           9      =    38

St. Paul              13             9             7          12    =    41

Stats:  J. Carey 10 pts.,10 rebounds/ D. Caspersen 10 pts., 5 rebounds/ P. Dowse 6 pts./ B. Oman 5 pts.m 8 rebounds, 6 assists/ B. Noakes 3 pts./ N. Wooden 3 pts. / E. Wooden 1 pts

In C team action, last Monday, Centura defeated Ord 60-35.  Leading scores for the young Centurions were Ben Noakes with 20, Eli Wooden and Tate Trumler each had 13.  Coach Yoachim’s squad is now 6 and 2 on the year.

Centura vs. Palmer

Last Monday, Centura hosted Palmer in a non-conference match-up.  The Centurions would come out on top 77-37, scoring the second most points so far in the season.   At the end of the first quarter, the score was knotted at 9 each.  In the second stanza, Centura would outscore the Tigers 21-6 to take a 30-15 lead into intermission.  In the second half, the Centurions would outscore the Tigers 47-22.  With the win, Centura moved to 10-7 on the year.  Joe Carey again led the Centurions in scoring 16.  Ben Noakes would hit four-3’s as he finished with 14.  Payton Dowse and Ben Oman each score nine.  Ben Oman would lead Centura on the boards with nine rebounds, Joe Carey had seven, and Dawson Caspersen pulled down six.  There was no Junior-Varsity games last Monday.

Qtr. 1     Qrt. 2     Qtr. 3    Qtr. 4          Final

Centura             9            21             18          29      =    71

Palmer               9             6              10          12     =    31

Stats: J. Carey 16 pts., 7 rebounds/ B. Noakes 14 pts./ P. Dowse 9 pts., 4 rebounds/ B. Oman 9 pts., 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals/ T. Trumler 6 pts./ D. Caspersen 7 pt., 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals/ E. Wooden 5 pts., 3 rebounds, 3 steals / J. Perez 4 pts./ N. Wooden 3 pts., 4 assists/ T. Myers 3 pts/ S. Meyer 1 pt.

Centura vs. Arcadia-Loup City

Last Friday, in an important LouPlatte match-up, Centura hosted 18-3 Arcadia-Loup City with the winner having a chance to win the LouPlatte Conference regular season title.  Centura jumped out to a 18-13 first quarter lead.  At the intermission Centura held a 28-21 lead.  After the intermission, turnovers and missed free throws would plague the Centurions as the Rebels  would outscore the Centurions 37-29.  The winning basket would come on a stick back at the buzzer.  Joe Carey finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.  Dawson Caspersen scored 12 while pulling down nine rebounds, Noah Wooden finished with 13.  With the loss, Centura falls to 5-2 in LouPlatte Conference play.  Centura is now 10-9 on the year.

In Junior Varsity action Centura defeated Arcadia-Loup City 53-25 to move to 8-6 on the year.  Ben Noakes led Centura in scoring with 15, Juan Perez had 11, and Tate Trumler finished with 10.

Qtr. 1     Qrt. 2      Qtr. 3      Qtr. 4        Final

Centura            18           13           14          15      =    57

ACL                  13            8            18          19     =     58

Stats:  J. Carey 15 pts., 13 rebounds/ N. Wooden 13 pts.,/ D. Caspersen 12 pts., 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals/ P. Dowse 9 pts., 7 rebounds/ B. Oman 8 pts., 7 rebounds, 7 assists

Centura vs. Kearney Catholic

Last Saturday, Centura traveled to Kearney Catholic to take on the Stars in a make-up game.  Centura would outlast the Stars 44-42 to pick up their 11th win of the season.  Kearney Catholic had a three-quarter court shot bounce off the back of the rim at the buzzer.  With the win, Centura goes to 11-8 on the year.  Joe Carey again would lead Centura in scoring 12.  Joe also had 11 rebounds.  Noah Wooden scored nine and Ben Oman finished with seven.

In Junior-Varsity action Centura struggled with the Stars height advantage.  Kearney Catholic would pick up a 47-37 victory.  Ben Noakes would lead the young Centurions in scoring with 12.  Spencer Meyer had eight while Tate Trumler and Zach Perez each scored six.  Centura junior varsity is now 8-7 on the year.

Qtr. 1      Qrt. 2       Qtr. 3       Qtr. 4        Final

Centura            13             7           10          14      =    44

KC                    10           10           13            9     =     42

Stats:  J. Carey 12 pts., 11 rebounds/ D. Caspersen 12 pts., 4 rebounds, 4 assists/ N. Wooden 9 pts./ B. Oman 7 pts., 6 rebounds, 5 assists/ P. Dowse 4 pts., 3 rebounds


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