FREMONT — Cedar Catholic bounced back from its first loss of the season to claim the title in the Knights Classic here last weekend.
Cedar had to settle for runnerup honors in the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout, but came back strong to win the Fremont post-Holiday tournament title.
Cedar earned a 57-52 win over host Fremont Bergan in the first round of the Classic on Friday.
The Trojans then topped Pierce, 54-50, to win the tourney title.
The win moves Cedar to 7-1 on the year, while Bergan fell to 5-5 with the loss and Pierce fell to 5-3.
Cedar and Pierce battled evenly in the first frame to open Saturday’s title game.
The Trojan defense took charge in the second frame, holding the Jays to just six second-quarter points, while Cedar dropped in 12 of their own — all from long distance.
Charlie Schroeder hit a pair of treys, while Tate and Myles Thoene also hit from downtown to give Cedar the 25-21 lead heading into the locker room.
Pierce erased Cedar’s lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Trojans, 18-13. The offensive surge gave the Bluejays a 39-38 lead heading into the final frame.
Tate Thoene hit a trey and a pair of freethrows to power the Cedar offense in the final frame.
Myles Thoene aided the Trojans by nailing four freethrows in the final minutes. Charlie Schroeder did his part to keep the Bluejay offense off balance by hitting a trey of his own. Jaxson Bernecker rounded out the fourth-quarter scoring with a jumper.
Cedar fared well from the line in the final frame, scoring eight points from the charity stripe to earn the four-point win.
Cedar 13 12 13 16 — 54 Pierce 15 6 18 11 — 50
SCORING Cedar - Charlie Schroeder, 16; Tate Thoene, 15; Myles Thoene, 12; Brady Steffen, 7; Carter Arens, 2; Jaxson Berneker, 2.
Cedar was led against Bergan by a pair of double-figure scorers, as Charlie Schroeder and Brady Steffen both had big nights, hitting for 17 and 10, respectively.
The Trojans stormed out of the gates to set the tone early, with a 20-16 first-quarter scoring advantage.
Cedar was led in the opening frame by Schroeder and Jaxson Bernecker.
Cedar’s post player was all over the court early, as Schroeder scored from long distance, inside the paint and at the free-throw line to collect seven first-quarter points.
Bernecker hit a trio of jumpers in the opening frame for six points. Brady Steffen also nailed a pair of jumpers and hit a free throw for five first-quarter points, while Tate Thoene chipped in with a bucket to round out the early scoring.
The Knight defense slowed things down in the second frame, but Cedar still managed to earn a 10-9 scoring edge to take a 30-25 lead into the locker room at the halftime break.
Tate Thoene connected from downtown in the second frame, while Schroeder, Bernecker and Myles Thoene all got traditional jumpers. Brady Steffen rounded out the second-quarter scoring, going 1-2 from the charity stripe.
The teams played evenly in the second half, but the damage had already been done, as the Trojans earned the five-point win to advance to the title game against Pierce.
Cedar Catholic 20 10 15 12 — 57 Fremont Bergan 16 9 15 12 — 52
SCORING Cedar - Charlie Schroeder, 17; Brady Steffen, 10; Myles Thoene, 8; Tate Thoene, 6; Carson Arens, 3; Deagan Joachimsen, 3.