Fremont Bergan took control Saturday night against West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic by turning up its defensive intensity.
The Knights, ranked second in Class D-1 by the Omaha World-Herald, outscored the Bluejays 22-7 in the second quarter on their way to an 81-56 win in the Gary D. Schmidt Gymnasium.
“I think our up-tempo style wore them down and we forced them into some turnovers and quick shots,” Bergan assistant coach Doug Moore said about the second period. “We got our offense going a bit.”
Dre Vance led Bergan’s attack with 24 points.
“Dre is a great shooter from the 3-point line and tonight I thought he broke down the defense really well in transition. When no one was open to pass it to down the floor, he drove into the lane and did a great job of finishing.”
Vance and teammate Grant Frickenstein, who finished with 20 points, had 10 apiece in the opening half as the Knights built a 38-20 advantage.
“Grant gives us a good inside-outside game as well,” Moore said. “Those two guys are tough to guard. If you concentrate on one of those two guys, Riley (Lindberg) is on the inside. He has great touch, is long and gets a lot of rebounds.”
Lindberg finished with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Bergan trailed 4-2 after Casey Doernamann of the Bluejays hit a field goal. Frickenstein, though, put the Knights ahead for good with a trey and followed that with a traditional three-point play.
“We came out and played with good intensity and good energy” Moore said. “I thought we forced a lot of turnovers that we were able to convert those into some offense for us.”
The Knights overcame a solid performance by Ben Ulrich. He finished with 22 points, including six 3-point field goals. Jared Minnick had nine points for GACC, 3-16.
Bergan also won the junior varsity game 60-37. Shea Gossett and Tyten Vance led the Knights with 11 points apiece. Jarett Boggs and Jackson Gilfry had eight each.
On Friday night, Bergan defeated Wahoo Neumann 42-33 in JV play. AJ Walter led the Knights with nine points and Gavin Logemann contributed eight.
The Bergan JV and varsity, 13-8, will host West Point-Beemer on Friday night.
GACC 13 7 18 18 — 56
Bergan 16 22 25 18 — 81
GACC — Ben Ulrich 22, Jared Minnick 9, Nate Niewohner 8, Casey Doernemann 8, Adam Reeson 4, Steffen Cody 3, Blake Pojar 2.
Bergan — Riley Lindberg 17, Grant Frickenstein 20, Dre Vance 24, Jake Ridder 9, Dylan Gartner 2, Jackson Gilfry 2, Thunder Myers 2, Shea Gossett 2, Nick Kincanon 3.
Junior Varsity Games
Bergan 11 11 3 12 — 42
Neumann 4 14 8 7 — 33
Bergan — T. Vance 5, Gavin Logemann 8, Gossett 2, Gilfry 4, Sam Sleister 6, Brenton Pitt 2, Lucas Pruss 4, AJ Walter 9, Barry Field 2.
GACC 4 4 24 5 — 37
Bergan 16 26 10 8 — 60
Bergan — T. Vance 11, Jarett Boggs 8, Alex Painter 3, Logemann 9, Gossett 11, Gilfry 8, Pitt 2, Walter 5, Field 3.