Broken Bow excited for rematch with Boone Central/Newman Grove

The Broken Bow boys basketball team practices for their state tournament appearance on March 2, 2018 (KHGI)

The Broken Bow boys qualified for the state tournament by way of wildcard berth.

They’re facing a pretty familiar opponent in Boone Central/Newman Grove. The Cardinals handed them two of their three losses on the year.

"I would be happy with anyone especially since we're at state," said head coach Nate Olson.

Broken Bow has put both of those games in the rear view mirror as they prepare for their trip to Lincoln.

"I was pretty excited that we had this matchup just because like we've already talked about two games we've lost to them already. We've been able to scout them and we got our notes on them," Olson says.

The Indians banking 22 wins up to this point, including five in overtime, good enough to earn them the 3 seed. This is their first qualification since the 1999 season.

Now Broken Bow is embracing the opportunity to face the Cards since they’ve seemed to have had their number this year.

"Everybody's looking at that like, 'What's going on you guys going to ever get their number this year,'" said senior Tanner Linn. "I think that's going to bring a lot of motivation this year and hard work, I mean third time's got to be the charm."

The Indians put their theory to the test on Thursday when they play the Cardinals for a third time, a 2 p.m. tip inside the Devaney Center.

Boone Central/Newman Grove clinched a spot in the C1 bracket by defeating 20-3 O’Neill, 22-3 Bow, and 20-6 Winnebago in successive tries; 'Bago and Bow are the wildcards in C1.

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