Auburn expecting a ‘dawg’ fight with Grand Island Central Catholic in C1 quarterfinals

Auburn expecting a ‘dawg’ fight with Grand Island Central Catholic in C1 quarterfinals
Cameron Binder set the Bulldogs’ record with 40 points in the district final against Fort Calhoun, boosting his season average to 20.6. (World-Herald News Service)

AUBURN – There aren’t many secrets between the Auburn and Grand Island Central Catholic boys basketball teams. They know each other very well.

The two teams battled to double overtime during summer league with the Crusaders eventually taking the victory. Bulldogs Head Coach Jim Weeks spoke at GICC’s clinic twice when he coached men’s basketball at Doane College. The clinic is run by Crusaders coach Tino Martinez.

Auburn and Grand Island Central Catholic are set to clash Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in the quarterfinals of the Class C1 Nebraska School Activities Association State Tournament at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. Fans will be able to watch the game live on News Channel Nebraska and ncnsportsnow.com.

Weeks, who’s in his third season with the Bulldogs, expects a “blood bath, dog fight” when they play in their first state tournament game since 1985.

“The first game is always the most important. When I was at Beatrice, we played in the state tournament 15 times. We were 13-2 (in the quarterfinals). If you don’t win the first game, the second game doesn’t matter. There’s no second game. So, we spend a great deal of time on that first game and I’m sure they have, too. Wahoo and Boys Town are on the other side of the bracket, but if we don’t take care of this game, it’s doesn’t even matter.”

Weeks spent 24 years at Beatrice High School. He won three Class B state titles with the Orangemen. His son, Jalen, is currently the girls coach at Beatrice. His two other sons, Cooper and Jackson, are his assistant coaches.

Sophomore guard Cameron Binder, who set the Bulldogs’ record with 40 points in the district final against Fort Calhoun, will try to lead Auburn to their first state tournament win since 1967 when the Bulldogs defeated Aurora, 56-53. Binder is averaging 20.6 points per game.

Josh Lambert, a 6-7 junior, averages 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds for a team with no seniors this season.

Since a 58-57 loss at No. 1 Wahoo, GICC has won six in a row. Jack Goering, a 6-foot senior, leads the- team with a 15.3 scoring average. A repeat qualifier, GICC is making its 18th appearance. Its only state title was in 2000.

C1: Auburn vs. Grand Island CC

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Bob Devaney Sports Center

TV: News Channel Nebraska

D1: Lourdes Central Catholic vs. Elm Creek

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln East High School

Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncnsportsnow.com

D2: Johnson-Brock vs. Humphrey St. Francis

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm)

D2: Falls City Sacred Heart vs. Blue Hill

When: 10:45 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm)

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