Published Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:42 am
Williams leads Doniphan-Trumbull past Patriots

HASTINGS — Nothing had been decided after three quarters of play between Doniphan-Trumbull and Adams Central Saturday night.

The score was knotted at 32 going into the final eight minutes of play, but that final quarter belonged to Doniphan-Trumbull and senior guard Lorenzo Williams.

Williams hit three big 3-point baskets in the fourth quarter, including two in a row at one point, as the Cardinals edged Adams Central 47-42 in a key Lou-Platte Conference game.

Williams finished the night with 12 points on four 3-point shots.

Adams Central (10-5) pretty much gave Williams those open 3-pointers as the Patriots attempted to take DT’s Creighton Buhr out of the game.

"Everybody is pretty much playing them the same way," Adams Central coach Zac Foster said. "We were daring him to beat you. Give him credit. He stepped up and made shots.

"We talked to Gibbon. We talked to GICC and all the people who have played them, and pretty much the game plan was the same. If you don’t gamble a little bit on the guys playing the perimeter, Buhr is so good inside and he’ll put you in a lot of tough situations."

Buhr still led the Cardinals (10-2) with 13 points and 12 rebounds, but he did have to work for everything he got.

Two of those fourth-quarter 3-pointers by Williams came off inbounds plays when he was wide open in the corner.

Adams Central’s defensive game plan was certainly no surprise to the Class C-2 No. 6 Cardinals.

"We know that," Doniphan-Trumbull coach Steve Hartman said. "We’re trying to be a little stubborn with it though. The in-bounds, we run that a lot. They’re looking for the lob on the inbounds and everybody collapses and Larry is sitting over there on that left side. He’s worked at it. He’s put some time in here lately, extra time and it’s paid off."

Doniphan-Trumbull was coming off a loss at Gibbon on Friday night. Hartman said Williams chased Gibbon’s all-state guard Rylee Reinertson around for about 25 minutes of that game.

Williams drew the defensive assignment on Adams Central freshman David Bohlen on Saturday and held him to four points on 2-of-12 shooting from the floor.

"He showed up when we needed him," Hartman said of Williams. "He pulled out in the first half. He said he was tired, a little sore from last night. We got him a rest in the third quarter and said ‘You’re going the rest of the way for us big boy’ and he hung in there and hit some big shots for us."

Williams teams with Jordan Slough to give the Cardinals a tough defensive backcourt. They were both running backs for Doniphan-Trumbull’s state championship football team.

"They have two seniors who are all-state running backs in football, and we have young guys, a freshman and sophomore handling the ball tonight," Foster said. "I thought that was a factor."

Evan Lindblad led Adams Central with 15 points while Kyler Wormstadt added 11. The Patriots are off this week until they play at Grand Island Central Catholic on Saturday.

Doniphan-Trumbull has another big week ahead. The Cardinals host Kearney Catholic Tuesday, Thayer Central on Thursday and Superior on Friday.

"We’re right in the middle of a tough stretch, but we feel we’re right back on track," Hartman said. "We have another big one Tuesday though, but we’re at home. We’ll put some Band-Aids on them and see if we can limp through a couple more here."

DONIPHAN-TRUMBULL (10-2): Slough 0-4 0-0 0, Buhr 5-13 3-4 13, Williams 4-11 0-0 12, Koch 3-6 2-4 8, Wiltfong 3-14 3-5 10, Keller 1-4 0-0 2, Toben 0-0 0-0 0, Eckhardt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-54 13 47.

ADAMS CENTRAL (10-5): Bohlen 2-10 0-0 4, Wormstadt 3-7 3-4 11, Anderson 4-12 0-1 8, S. Lindblad 1-2 0-0 3,E. Lindblad 4-8 5-6 14, Niederklein 0-0 0-0 0, Keller 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 14-40 10-13 42.

Doniphan-Trumbull .................... 10 14 8 15—47
Adams Central .......................... 13 8 11 10—42

3-point goals—Doniphan-Trumbull 5-24 (Williams 4-8, Wiltfong 1-6, Eckhardt 0-1, Slough 0-2, Keller 0-3, Buhr 0-4). Adams Central 4-18 (Wormstadt 2-4, S. Lindblad 1-1, E. Lindblad 1-1, Keller 0-1, Anderson 0-4, Bohlen 0-7). Fouled out—Anderson. Rebounds—Doniphan-Trumbull 41 (Buhr 12, Koch 12). Adams Central 24 (E. Lindblad 6). Turnovers—Doniphan-Trumbull 8, Adams Central 6. Total fouls—Doniphan-Trumbull 12, Adams Central 12. Technicals—None.

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