FREMONT – Both the North Bend Central Boys and Girls Basketball Teams were tested by Fremont Bergan in High School Basketball from Archbishop Bergan High School in action aired on 107.9 the Bull Saturday evening, but it was the Tigers prevailing in both games.
In the Girls Game, North Bend Central got out to a 12-4 1st quarter lead, and led 16-8 at the end of the period.
The Knights battled back in the 2nd quarter, winning the frame 10-6 to slice the deficit in half and make it a 22-18 game at halftime.
Things really tightened up late in the 3rd quarter as Bergan won the quarter 13-11 to make it a 33-31 game heading into the 4th.
Like they did the other two times the Knights closed within two though, the Tigers responded and pushed the lead back up, pulling away late by outscoring Bergan 16-7 in the final period, winning the game 49-38.
North Bend Central’s Sydney Emanuel led all scorers with 20 points. Kaitlyn Emanuel added 14 while Cierra Kluthe was also in double figures with 12.
Kaitlyn Mlnarik paced Bergan with 13 points while Lauren Baker pitched in 11 and Anna Prauner had 8.
The Tigers improve to 10-1 on the season and host Columbus Scotus Tuesday night. The Knights fall to 9-4 and host Lincoln Lutheran Thursday night.
The Boys game was a seesaw battle back and forth for most of the game as Bergan jumped out to a 4-0 first quarter lead before North Bend Central went on a 9-0 run to lead 9-4 later in the period.
The Tigers led 16-13 after one and 24-23 at halftime.
Things remained tight in the 3rd quarter, but a Kyler Hellbusch 3-pointer to beat the 3rd quarter buzzer gave North Bend Central the lift they needed to pull away in the 4th quarter.
The Tigers won the 3rd quarter 18-13 and led 42-36 at the end of three before winning the 4th quarter 15-10 to seal the deal, winning 57-46.
Jaxon Wietfeld had a game-high 12 points to lead North Bend Central while Breckin Peters and Brodey Johnson chipped in 11 apiece. Hellbusch added 9 while Austin Taylor notched 8.
Max Nosal had 9 points to lead the Knights while Sam Sleister, Gavin Logemann, and Jarett Boggs each scored 8.
The Tigers improve to 9-1 on the season and host Columbus Scotus Tuesday night. The Knights, who have now lost 6 out of their last 7 and 7 out of their last 9 since starting the season 5-0, fall to 7-7 on the year and host Lincoln Lutheran Thursday night.