The North Platte High School boys' basketball team beat Fremont 53-41 on Saturday night at the Dawg House to win its second game of the weekend.NPHS coach Matt Kaminski said that he was pleased with his team's defense not only in the win against Fremont but in the win Friday at Lincoln North Star.
"I think the kids put themselves in position to play well this weekend," he said. "Going into this weekend, we knew the opposition was going to go up a notch and our kids responded to the challenge. We played excellent defense in both games this weekend."
Fremont (9-10) scored the first five points of the game with a basket by Jared Knoepfel and a three-pointer by Trevor Wiegert.
But the Dawgs (12-5) came back by the end of the first quarter. Bradey Anderson made a three from the right corner with six seconds left in the opening period to tie at 12 all.
In the second quarter, North Platte took the lead for good at 20-15 on a five-point run with Drew Callaghan scoring inside and Shane Mauch making a three.
The score was 22-17 at halftime and the Bulldogs got another run early in the second half. Luke Wright got a three-point play that followed buckets by Anderson and Kade Erickson for a 31-19 lead.
From that point, NPHS was able to hold off the Tigers with timely baskets and made free throws to get its fifth straight win.
Kaminski said that since Fremont fielded an imposing front line trio of 6-foot-7 Mitchell Hahn, 6-8 Conrad Maier and 6-5 Zane Zentic, the Bulldogs had to find a way to beat those three to the basket. They accomplished that by creating turnovers by pressing in the backcourt.
"Our pressure got them into turnovers for us to score layups," said Kaminski. "That's what we needed to do. Get out in transition."
Fremont 12 5 8 16 - 41
North Platte 12 10 16 15 - 53
Fremont (41)-Seth Williams 6, Jared Knoepfel 2, Ruach Wiyual 2, Trevor Wiegert 6, Jacob Glowacki 2, Corey Archer 1, Zane Zentic 2, Mitchell Hahn 13, Conrad Maier 7
North Platte (53)-Shane Mauch 3, Bradey Anderson 10, Kade Erickson 10, Jack Kenny 5, Drew Callaghan 16, Luke Wright 9
Free Throws: F 7-12, NP 15-23; Three Point Goals: F 6 (Williams 2, Wiegert 2, Hahn 2), NP 3 (Mauch, Anderson, Erickson)