The secret to GICC boys basketball making a deep run in Lincoln

GICC boys basketball cuts down the net at Hastings College after winning the district title.

Grand Island Central Catholic is returning to Lincoln after a short 2–year drought.

The Crusaders breezing by Kearney Catholic in the C1–5 district title game, earn the 4th seed and a rematch with Lincoln Christian.

What a year it's been for GICC having win streaks of 10 and 5 games at different points in the season, while 4 of their 6 defeats occurring to teams who also qualified for the state tournament.

This squad is upperclassmen heavy with 10 of them on the roster.

A blend of experience serving the Crusaders well and aiding them to rise above a difficult C1 class.

"I think we have some different personalities on our team," head coach Tino Martinez said. "Our senior class, when they were freshman I don't think anybody gave them a chance to do what they're doing," Martinez continued. "They've done a great job of sticking with the program, improving every year have given us the chance to have the kind of season we've had so far."

"I think our team chemistry is a lot better because we play for each other more," senior Jonah Bales said. "We play more as a family. That's probably what's been different this year."

GICC and Lincoln Christian tip–off bright and early at 9 am inside the Bob.

The Crusaders won the only meeting between the two teams back in December, 64–56.

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