GACC Boys beat Howells-Dodge twice to advance to State

GACC Boys beat Howells-Dodge twice to advance to State
March 6th, 2024 | Jeff Axtell

The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys Basketball Team is headed to the State Tournament as the Bluejays knocked off Howells-Dodge 47-42 in the D1-4 Sub-District Final from Howells-Dodge on Thursday, February 22nd in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before winning 46-39 in overtime over the Jaguars in the D1-5 District Final at Howells-Dodge last Tuesday night in action also aired on the Bull.

Jeff’s Sub-District Final Recap:

The Jaguars led 9-4 after one and won the 2nd quarter 16-13 to take a 25-17 lead into the locker room. GACC outscored Howells-Dodge 11-4 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 29-28 game at the end of three. The Bluejays won the 4th quarter 19-13. Konnor Kralik led the way with 22 points while Myles Dinslage notched 13.

Jeff’s District Final Recap:

Howells-Dodge led 11-4 after one before GACC won the 2nd quarter 9-8 to make it a 19-13 game at halftime. Both teams scored 9 points in the 3rd quarter, and the Jaguars led 28-22 at the end of three. The Bluejays won the 4th quarter 15-9 to tie the game at 37 and send it into OT. GACC outscored Howells-Dodge 9-2 in the extra session. Dinslage and Bryce Bailey totaled 11 points apiece while Kralik posted 10.

State Tournament Game Preview:

GACC (13-13) takes on North Platte St. Pat’s (21-3) in the first round of State at 9:00 Thursday Morning from Pinnacle Bank Arena in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull. The Irish won 69-44 over Overton at home in the D1-1 District Final last Monday night. This is GACC’s first State Tournament Appearance since 2017.

Jeff’s Take on the Game:

This is a tough draw for the Bluejays. It’s State though and anything can happen. GACC has done great to get to this point, and I fully expect the Bluejays to go in there and hold their own and compete. I think this game could be close. Upsets happen all the time in the State Tournament, and as cliche as it sounds GACC simply has to believe. The Bluejays have to remain poised and confident at all times, and must go for it when given the opportunity. GACC has to play with no fear in this one and must leave it all out on the floor.


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