If you were at home and heard constant cheering, it was probably coming from the Adams Central gymnasium.
The crosstown showdown between the Adams Central and Hastings High boys basketball teams had a little bit of everything. There was lights-out shooting, dramatic 3-pointers, a monumental rally, a rowdy crowd and even fans storming the court at the end of the game.
While the offensive performances may have stolen the show, defense was the difference in the final two minutes of the game.
The Tigers shut out Class C-1 No. 4 Adams Central for five minutes to end the game, scoring the final seven points in a 51-44 victory over the Patriots (13-3). Senior Will Reimer hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining in the game, and Hastings High (6-7) never looked back.
"A week ago, we played the No. 3 team in Class B (Northwest, which is now 15-1) and the week before that the No. 1 team in Class B (McCook, 12-2), so our kids are just used to having to go against tough competition," HHS head coach Scott Rosno said. "Adams Central is every bit of what those teams are. That helped us prepare a little bit for the style and athleticism and the execution for what we were going to see."