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Crusaders get another crack at state title

GICC cruises past Hartington Cedar Catholic in Class C2 semifinals
Published: Mar. 11, 2021 at 10:42 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - Ever since the 2020 Class C2 State Championship game ended, the Crusaders have wanted revenge. The 2020 runner-up will now get that chance Saturday night, after they took down Hartington Cedar Catholic in the Friday night’s semifinal matchup, 64-40.

“We had that empty feeling after BRLD beat us pretty handily,” GICC Boys Basketball Coach Tino Martinez said. “It’s something we talked about - trying to get back to this game. We had to be willing to pay the price that you have to pay on a daily basis to get back here, and I think for the most part we’ve paid that price.”

“When the buzzer sounded last year in the state championship game, and we had lost, it stung. But it also said something to us that we have to get back into the gym,” Senior Koby Bales said. “Get back in the weight room and just be on a mission this year to play great basketball and get a chance at winning the championship.”

Bales was one of four players that finished in double digits, with 11. GICC will play second seeded Yutan Saturday night at 8:45 p.m. A win would give the Crusaders their second state title in program history, and the first since 2000.

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