FT. LORAMIE — The New Bremen Cardinals basketball team used their speed and depth to pull away from the Ft. Loramie Redskins in the fourth quarter for a 58-39 victory Friday evening at Ft. Loramie.
“Our conditioning and ability to play a lot of kids put us over the hump in the second quarter tonight,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. “Our depth was a big factor in the game tonight.”
In the first quarter neither team could find the bottom of the basket as New Bremen finished 1 of 12 from the field and the Redskins were 1 of 13 from the field, but New Bremen still came out with the lead 6-4 after the first eight minutes.
The second quarter was a different story for the Cardinals. Justin Heitkamp led off with a basket in the first half minute, but Ft. Loramie matched it with a pair of free throws Jared Albers. The rest of the first half belonged to the Cardinals as they outscored Ft. Loramie 15-3. The only basket by the Redskins came off a layup by Troy Banazer with a minute left in the half making the score 23-11 at halftime.
In the first half Aaron Clune and Justin Heitkamp did the work for the Cardinals. Clune had six of his game leading 19 points and two of his seven rebounds and Heitkamp had two points and seven rebounds. Heitkamp would not return because of needing stitches for a cut.
“Clune was real aggressive for us tonight,” Dougherty said. “He did what was needed tonight and he had a good week of practice and it carried over. Justin played really well in the first half.”
Ft. Loramie closed the gap to nine two minutes into the third quarter as they outscored the Cardinals 5-2, but Clune got a layup and free throw and a three-pointer to regain a 31-16 lead with three minutes left and kept the lead at 11 at the end of the quarter 35-24.
New Bremen got the ball inside a lot in the fourth quarter to put the game away 58-39.
Derek Bornhorst was the second player for New Bremen to score in double figures with 12 points. Jake Cordonnier led Ft. Loramie with 12 points. On the boards New Bremen out-rebounded the Redskins 28-25.
“I thought the rebounding was pretty even,” Dougherty said. “I thought we got out rebounded, but I didn’t think we rebounded well tonight.
In the JV game New Bremen let a 13-point lead slip away and Ft. Loramie defeated the Cardinals 49-44 in triple overtime.
New Bremen (5-1) entertains Minster next Friday.