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Fremont Bergan snags win in C2-3 subdistrict final

Fremont Bergan snags win in C2-3 subdistrict final

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Fremont Bergan snags win in C2-3 subdistrict final

Archbishop Bergan's Nathan Griffen left, drives down court against Yutan's Nick Josoff in the second half of the boys basketball subdistrict C2-3 final at Douglas County West High School in Valley, Neb., Wednesday. The Knights beat the Chieftains 61-44.

A pair of 13-1 runs bookended Fremont Bergan’s 61-44 win against Yutan on Wednesday night that leaves the Knights one step away from the boys basketball state tournament.

The Knights opened the C2-3 subdistrict final at Douglas County West with the first run and finished off Yutan with the second one.

“I think we’re peaking at the right time,” Bergan coach Chris Paulson said. “We beat a good team here. They were averaging (67) a game, and we held them to 44.”

Bergan (14-9) will play Monday against Malcolm (12-12), which beat No. 9 Twin River 52-49 in the C2-4 final. Paulson said he expects the game to be played at Waverly High School.

The Knights shot 56 percent against Yutan, making 24 of 43 shots while going 6 of 12 on 3-pointers.

“We shot as poorly as they shot well,” Yutan coach Andy Timm said.

Bergan’s Colton Brdicko, a 6-foot-1 junior on a roster with no seniors, made the first two of his five 3s in the opening 13-1 sequence. Brdicko’s 23 points led the Knights.

“He’s the best athlete on the floor,” Timm said. “He’s extremely quick, and the shots were falling for him. When he hits the 3s, he’s really difficult to defend.”

Bergan, which lost 68-67 to the Chieftains in the finals of its holiday tournament, used a triangle-and-two defense. Timm said the Chieftains were prepared but didn’t execute well.

Said Paulson: “The first time we had a tough time stopping them from getting to the rim. We wanted to make other kids hit some shots.”

Bergan led 18-6 after the first quarter and 31-15 at halftime. The Knights were ahead 40-23 when Paulson gave most of his starters a break.

Yutan (18-7) scored the next nine points to get within eight. After a Bergan timeout to get the starters back into the game, the Chieftains had a good look at a 3-pointer that would have made it a five-point game.

Nick Josoff, who tied Nate Fisher for team honors with 12 points, made a 3 that cut Bergan’s lead to 42-35, but 6-4 junior Cole Conrad ended the quarter with a jumper and the Knights went on their second 13-1 run for their largest lead, 57-36, with 3:20 to play.

Conrad had 10 rebounds as Bergan controlled the boards by getting 31 to Yutan’s 20.

Fremont Bergan (14-9).....18 13 13 17—61

Yutan (18-7)..............6 9 20 9—44

FB: Nathan Griffen 3-4 2-2 8, Weston LaBelle 0-3 0-0 0, Colton Brdicko 9-17 0-0 23, Adam Dykman 5-6 1-1 11, Cole Conrad 4-6 0-0 8, Jonah Madsen 2-5 4-4 8, Logan Bovill 0-1 0-0 0, John Vecera 1-1 0-0 3, William Kammerer 0-0 0-0 0, Brian Wilmes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-43 7-7 61.

Y: Jacob Peitzmeier 0-3 1-2 1, Nate Fisher 4-9 4-4 12, Nick Josoff 4-10 1-4 12, Daniel Greblunas 2-10 0-0 4, Malcolm Bussen 0-1 0-0 0, Kole Liermann 0-0 1-2 1, Matt Oviatt 2-9 2-2 6, Wyatt Zaugg 2-3 0-0 5, Boston Rew 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 15-47 9-14 44.

3-point goals: FB 6-12 (LaBelle 0-2, Brdicko 5-7, Madsen 0-2, Vecera 1-1), Y 5-23 (Peitzmeier 0-3, Fisher 0-2, Josoff 3-8, Greblunas 0-3, Oviatt 0-3, Zaugg 1-2, Rew 1-1). Total fouls: FB 15, Y 13. Fouled out: none. Technicals: none. Turnovers: 18, Y 14. Rebounds: FB 31 (Conrad 10), Y 20 (, Oviatt 5). Field-goal percentage: FB .558, Y .319. Free-throw percentage: FB 1.000, Y .643. A: 250 (est.).

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