WAHOO – The Bishop Neumann Cavaliers split games against Class B Bennington and the Class C-1 ranked Boys Town Cowboys on back-to-back nights last week.
The Cavaliers put their most complete performance of the season together against the Badgers, winning by a score of 72-61.
The Cavaliers missed just four shots the entire first half while finishing with a 33-20 lead.
The Badgers cut the lead to three points late in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers were able to pull away late in the game on the strength of tremendous shooting.
Neumann shot 63 percent from the floor and converted on 19-of-24 from the free throw line.
Senior Trey Ahrens got off to a fast start, scoring 12 of his team-high 21 points in the first quarter while shooting 8-of-12 from the field.
Senior Kobey Simons added 20 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 shooting from the foul line.
Senior Eli Vedral added 13 points, three rebounds and two steals.
“The boys really did a great job of taking care of the ball (five Turnovers) against a very aggressive trapping Bennington defense which was definitely a big key to us getting the win,” said Bishop Neumann Coach Mike Weiss.
The Cavaliers remained at home and returned to the court on Jan. 4 against a talented Boys Town squad.
Boys Town took the lead in the second quarter and went on to post a 59-47 win over the Cavaliers.
Neumann shot just 40 percent from the field and got to the free throw line just six times against Boys Town.
“Playing back to back tough top 10 teams will definitely make us better as the year goes on. The boys played with the intensity and focus needed the first night but had a tougher time finding it the second night. With the leadership we have shown this year I have confidence this experience will help us improve,” added Weiss.
Vedral finished with 14 points six rebounds and three steals.
Simons came through with 14 points.
Junior Joe Fisher led Neumann on the glass with six rebounds.