Adams Central came out in the second half Tuesday knowing they'd have to win in ugly fashion.
The Patriots (8-3) did that, defeating the Minden Whippets 55-44 in boys basketball game at the Patriot Gym.
After a slow first quarter, both teams found more consistent offense heading into the halftime break.
The Patriots' freshman guard David Bohlen hit two three-pointers in the second quarter that gave the home team a 24-23 lead heading into the break. A three-pointer by Whippet's guard Jonas Lovin as the horn sounded cut the deficit to one, making it anybody's game in the second half.