Central Catholic weathers tough schedule

    Grand Island Central Catholic head coach Tino Martinez (center) calls out the next drill during a Jan. 29, 2019 practice.

    The old saying of "Don't judge a book by its cover" may as well be the motto for Grand Island Central Catholic boys basketball.

    Just when it looked like the 'Sader season was spinning out of control, GICC proves otherwise.

    "We we're just in a tough stretch of our schedule," said head coach Tino Martinez. "You start playing Adams Central and Kearney Catholic, those types of teams going into our conference tournament, you're going to absorb some losses. We just can't panic and we haven't."

    The Crusaders were at 12-7 and had lost four of the last five. Yes, the schedule has been extremely challenging for Central Catholic; they've only played two of 14 games against someone with a sub–.500 mark since the holiday break.

    However, it looked as though new life was breathed into the program with a 15-point win at St. Cecilia (8-12) and then GICC really showed its value by beating North Bend Central (19-3) on a neutral site Saturday during the Heartland Hoops Classic.

    "I think we're playing as good of basketball today as we've played all season," Martinez says. "So we just have to keep grinding each week. Continuing to improve each week and hopefully be as good as we can be towards the end of February."

    Central Catholic wraps up the regular season home to St. Paul on Friday night before playing in the C1–10 sub–district against the likes of the aforementioned Wildcats plus Broken Bow, Central City and Ord.

    The C1-10 is taking place at Central Valley High School in Greeley.

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