LINCOLN -- Tanner Werth's 3-pointer with :22 left in regulation pulled Fremont Bergan within 53-51, but Ravenna made four free throws in the closing seconds to give the Blue Jays a 57-51 win in the Class C-2 state championship game Saturday night at the Devaney Center.

The title was the Blue Jays' second in as many years and seventh state title overall.

It was Bergan's second trip to the state final in three years. The Knights won the D-1 title in 2008 and finished third in C-2 last season.

The matchup was as a state championship game should be with five ties and nine lead changes.

Werth gave Bergan (22-4) a 45-44 lead with 6:17 left in the game but Ravenna went on a 7-0 run over the next 2:16 to take a 51-45 lead on a John Klosterman 3.

"There were some key possessions in the fourth quarter where we missed some bunnies and missed a couple putbacks. They came down and answered and made some plays when the needed to," Bergan coach Chris Paulson said. "We did a good job preventing them shooting the three in the first half, but then they hit a couple of key ones in the third quarter that built their confidence."

Shortly after Klosterman's 3, however, Bergan's Nick Jensen drained a baseline 3 to make it a three-point game with 3:39 to play.

Ravenna (25-3) turned the ball over on consecutive possessions and Connor Beranek followed with a missed free throw. The Knights, though, couldn't take advantage, missing four shots of their own.

Bergan began to foul with :31 remaining in hopes the Blue Jays would misfire from the free throw line, but Trevor Cyboron canned two free throws before Werth's shot with :22 left. Then Klosterman drained two free throws with :16 to play and Theison Anderson added two more with :04 left to seal the win.

"(Klosterman) broke his wrist earlier this season on his dominant hand. He came back with a brace and shot 3s with his opposite hand and won games shooting free throws with his opposite hand," Ravenna head coach Paul Beranek said. "That shows what kind of player he is."

Connor Beranek scored a game-high 19 points to lead Ravenna.

"We knew he was good with the ball in his hands dribbling but the biggest thing was to prevent him from shooting the 3s and I thought we did a great job of that," Paulson said.

Ravenna, which ended the tournament 27-for-86 on 3-point attempts, was just 4-of-17 Saturday including 1-of-12 in the first half.

"I'm surprised to hear that but we haven't been shooting threes very well. I did like the way our guys drove and they've been talking a lot about finding a way to win and that's just what they do," Paul Beranek said. "When it's been like that this season the kids just look at each other and say, ÔHey, we stink at shooting, go rebound it. We already know we're going to miss it.'"

Ravenna didn't need its arsenal of 3s against Bergan as 34 points came from jumpers in the paint.

Paulson said he wasn't surprised.

"Against man-to-man we knew they like to get to the rim especially when you can't help too much because of their ability to penetrate and kick," he said. "Our kids did a good job of defending that, but they got to the rim a little better than I thought. They did a great job of attacking and being aggressive."

Werth (16 points) and Jensen (14) were the lone players for Bergan in double figures. Werth also led the team with seven rebounds and three assists.

"Tanner Werth had a phenomenal game. He played the best game of his career here which is what you want to have," Paulson said. "But all our kids gave it all they had here tonight and the tough part about this whole deal is we had to go through the three toughest teams and maybe it did wear on us a little in the end."

The Blue Jays were 3-of-8 from the foul line until the closing minute when they hit six straight. Bergan was only 5-of-12 from the line.

"We didn't shoot free throws well enough to win this thing," Paulson said. "That's really what it came down to."

Ravenna                  16 12 16 13 -- 57

Archbishop Bergan  13 15 14 9 -- 51

Ravenna (57)

Riley Beranek 1-6 0-1 3, Brett Douglas 0-1 0-0 0, John Klosterman 6-10 3-3 16, Trevor Cyboron 4-11 2-2 10, Connor Beranek 8-12 1-3 19, Spencer Chramosta 0-1 0-0 0, Theison Anderson 1-2 2-2 4, Mark Chramosta 0-0 0-0 0, Sean Payne 2-2 1-1 5.

Bergan (51)

Nick Jensen 6-11 1-3 14, Dereck White 3-6 2-5 8, Josh Boggs 0-2 0-0 0, 0-2 0-0 0, Patrick Rasmussen 0-4 0-0 0, John Spellerberg 0-3 0-0 0, Tanner Werth 7-11 1-3 16, Tom Wendt 4-7 0-0 8, Kurtis Kammerer 2-2 1-1 5.

Three-point goals: Ravenna 4-17 (R. Beranek 1-6, Douglas 0-1, Klosterman 1-1, Cyboron 0-1, C. Beranek 2-6, Anderson 0-1), Bergan 2-12 (Jensen 1-2, White 0-1, Boggs 0-1, Rasmussen 0-4, Spellerberg 0-2, Werth 1-2). Total fouls: Ravenna 16, Bergan 20. Rebounds: Ravenna 27 (Payne 6), Bergan 27 (Werth 7). Assists: Ravenna 8 (Cyboron 5), Bergan 10 (Werth 3). Steals: Ravenna 8 (Anderson 3), Bergan 4 (Werth 2). Turnovers: Ravenna 11, Bergan 13.

 

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