Bernecker scores 1,000th career point in Trojan's 2OT win at Wayne
WAYNE, Neb. -- Senior Jaxson Bernecker scored his 1,000th career point in a back-and-forth affair that saw the Cedar Catholic edge Wayne 46-45 in a double overtime.
The Blue Devils jumped ahead of Cedar Catholic early. Behind clinical shooting, Wayne led 20-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Out of the break, the Trojans came alive, scoring 19 points of their own and heading into the halftime locker room tied at 26.
The second half unraveled as a defensive struggle, which saw both teams muster only 11 points, tied 37-37 going into the first period of overtime.
With just 2.6 seconds remaining in regulation, Cedar Catholic committed an inbound violation, handing Wayne an opportunity to put up the last shot from close range. But the difficult shot from Carter Junck was off the mark from close range.
In the first overtime period, Cedar Catholic jumped ahead five points after a clutch three-point-shot from senior Carson Arens, before Wayne came storming back to tie the game at 42.
All four of Cedar Catholic's points in the second overtime came from the free throw line.
Senior Andrew Jones didn’t feel an ounce of the pressure knocking down all four of his free throw attempts, which ended up being just enough to top the Blue Devils.
Colsen Nelson's halfcourt buzzer-beater was off the mark, as Cedar Catholic celebrated the win.
Nelson finished with 18 points on 6 three pointers in what was an incredible shooting clinic from the Wayne guard.
Cedar Catholic improves to 10-2 and look ahead to Saturday night when the Trojans will travel to play Guardian Angels Central Catholic.
Wayne drops to 13-5 and get a few more days of rest before the Blue Devels remain at home to take on West Point-Beemer on Thursday.