Centurions’ state tourney quest nipped by two points

The Sutton Mustangs, a team that has lost just two games during the season and the team that blistered the Centurions by 27 points earlier in the season, survived a dog fight to edge Centura 47-45 in the district final played at Grand Island Senior High Monday night, February 25. The game ends the season for Centura and advances Sutton to the state tournament in Lincoln.

The Centurions gave notice early on that they definitely came to play. The first quarter ended with Sutton up 12-8, a narrow difference that persisted throughout the second quarter. With 1:30 to go in the half Tyler Ruhl hit a patented fade-away jumper to close the gap to 15-18, then with just 10 seconds left in the half, Noah Wooden, who carried the Centurions on his back by challenging the Mustangs with numerous drives to the bucket during the entire game, laid one in to put the tally at 17-18. The third quarter belonged to the Centurions. Ben Oman, on his way to a total of six points in the game, laid one in with his left hand at the 6:15 mark making the board show Centura up, 19-18



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