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NCEMS Thunder Boys Played Three Exciting Games With Frankfort

By: Korbin Macke

Henriette Yemba, Joe Siess

December 18, 2017

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    At Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School on Thursday, December 7, the Nemaha Central Thunder boys basketball team played the Frankfort Wildcats.

    For the B-Team, the game started off with Jacob Heinen tipping off. The Wildcats won the tip-off. The Thunder were off to a rough start and found themselves down 4-8 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Thunder team got shut down by the Wildcats on offense, while giving up 7 points to the Wildcats. At halftime, the Thunder were down 4-15. The Thunder went into the locker room and discussed what they were doing wrong and what they were doing right. They were also going over plays to do to break the Wildcat defense. In the second half, the boys returned to the court all fired up and ready to play some basketball. Stopping the Wildcat offense and working as a team were the goals of the Thunder team for the third and fourth quarters. In the third quarter, the Wildcats again outscored the Thunder team adding 14 points to their score and holding the Thunder to just 6 points. The fourth quarter rolled around and the Thunder team was looking to improve their game. Both teams played hard in the final quarter and were able to score 5 points each. The final score was 34-15. With this loss, the Thunder B-Team is now sitting at a 2-2 record on the season.

    Treyvan Enneking said, ”It was a rough game and we had poor defense. If we could have had better defense the score of the game would have been a lot closer.”

    The C-Team played two quarters after the B-Team boys game. Brendon Feltner was tipping off for the Thunder team. The Wildcats won the tip-off. The Thunder fought hard during those two quarters and the final score was 17-17. This is the second time the C-Team ended their playing time with a tie. The Thunder C-Team has been improving since the beginning of the season and hopes to win the next time they face an opponent.

    “I think that if we would have put another minute on the score clock that we would have won,” said Chase Korber.

    The last game of the night was the A-Team boys game. In the A-Team game, Marcus Beck tipped off for the Thunder and the Thunder team won the tip. The Thunder boys had an explosive first quarter with a lead of 13-4. In the second quarter, they started to slow down on offense, but they didn’t let the Wildcats close taking a 19-7 lead at halftime. The NC boys went into the locker room with a good feeling, but they knew they had to keep playing the best they could so they wouldn’t get behind. They came out of the locker room ready to keep playing.

    The Thunder boys had a slow start in the third quarter only scoring 9 points and allowing Frankfort 9 points also. The score at the end of the third quarter was 28-16 with the Thunder team in the lead. Both teams added a few points to their score in the fourth quarter and the game ended with the final score of 33-22. With this Thunder victory, the A-Team boys are now 4-0 on the season.

    Kurtis Beck said, “I think that it was a very good game and most importantly we did it as a team.”

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