Patriots get another shot at first state title

Adams Central boys basketball beats Wayne to advance to Class C-1 championship
Published: Mar. 12, 2021 at 6:37 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - After falling short in the Class C-1 semifinals a year ago, Adams Central left no doubt advancing past seventh-seed Wayne at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Patriots jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead and it was never in question in the second half as they went on to win, 52-40.

This is their second appearance in the title game after finishing runner-up in 2016.

“It’s special. We just want to change the history and start something new because we haven’t won a state championship here yet but that was the closest that last time and we could change history,” Senior guard Lucas Bohlen said.

Bohlen led the Patriots with 14 points. He hit four three-pointers and in the process broke his older brother David’s school record for three’s made in a career.

Adams Central has a talented class of five seniors who have seen success on the hardwood and the grid-iron.

“We’ve seen these kids grow up since the second grade and little kids basketball. Every team is special and this one is no different,” Adams Central boys basketball coach Zac Foster said. “It’s special because we love all of our guys but this senior class has put so much time in that you gotta earn the right to have success and these guys have earned the right for the work they’ve put in.”

Adams Central (26-2) will vie for its first boys basketball title tomorrow facing two-time defending state champs Auburn (25-0). The Bulldogs enter the game on a 61-game win streak.

Tip-off is at 10:45 a.m. from Pinnacle Bank Arena.

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