NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Cardinals basketball team recovered from a poor third quarter and with the help of rebounds and just enough free throws down the stretch they held on to defeat the St. Henry Redskins 53-49 Friday evening in a MAC contest at New Bremen.
“We made it a lot tougher than it needed to be down the stretch,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said.
A main factor in the game for the Cardinals was rebounding as they dominated the boards 37-25 with Troy Williams and Aaron Clune grabbing eight boards each and Westerbeck had seven.
“I thought that was the number one game key,” Dougherty said. “I thought we checked out and were physical the whole game on the glass and I thought we really rebounded well as a team.”
Going into the fourth quarter New Bremen held a slim 36-34 lead, but was able to extend it out to a nine point lead 46-37 with five minutes left thanks in large part to the inside scoring of Derek Bornhorst and Troy Williams.
Just as quickly however the Redskins came back with two free throws from Alex Post and one from Caleb Heitkamp to close the score to 46-40 with 4:37 left.
With the score 48-40 and 3:42 left the Cardinals started to have problems handling the ball as St. Henry got three straight steals. Then New Bremen had trouble at the line making only five of 10 down the stretch and with key rebounds they were able to grab the victory.
“We had a lot of guys make plays and in different parts of the game,” Dougherty said. “I think it shows how balanced we are.”
The Cardinals (8-3, 3-1) travel to Jackson Center tonight.