After dropping its first two games of the season to Class B No. 3 Northwest (14-1) and Class C-2 No. 9 Doniphan-Trumbull (10-4), the Class C-1 No. 4 Adams Central boys basketball team bounced back in dominating fashion.
The Patriots dominated the second half of Saturday's matchup against Grand Island Central Catholic, allowing just three field goals after halftime in a 47-27 victory to snap a two-game losing skid. As has been the case for AC all season, it started with defense and physical play.
"We thought that if we would really buy in and play four complete quarters, early it would be tight and we could wear on them and our athleticism would become more of a factor as the game went on. I think that kind of happened," said Adams Central head coach Zac Foster, whose team improved to 13-2. "We won every quarter. And I was really just proud defensively, because they have some good inside guys in Riley (Shoemaker) and Younhanna (Ghaifan). I thought we really competed and made them earn everything they got tonight."
GICC (7-8) hung with the Patriots in the first half and went into the locker room down just 21-16 at the break. A lot of that had to do with Ghaifan's inside presence. The sophomore's physical play led to him going 4-of-4 in the first half for half of the team's points going into the locker room. But in the second half, AC made things difficult for the 6-foot-4 post player, who was 1-for-4 in the final two quarters.