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Crete boys 1-1 in conference tourney

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CreteBBB_marvin1-05webThe Crete High boys’ basketball team, ranked No. 7 in the Journal Star’s Class B ratings this week, let slip a chance to vindicate their spot in the top 10 when they dropped a 47-45 decision to York Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the Central Conference Tournament at Central City.

The Crete loss was one of three quarterfinal-round upsets in the conference tourney that saw the conference’s only two ranked teams, the Cards and Aurora, knocked out on Tuesday.

Anxious to erase the bad taste of that setback, the Cardinals bounced back Thursday in Aurora with a 51-33 consolation-round shellacking of Holdrege.

Crete takes a 7-8 season record into a road game at Grand Island Northwest Tuesday at 7 p.m. as they resume regular season play. The Cardinals travel to Schuyler Friday for a 7:45 game and host Waverly Saturday at 4 before facing Hastings Feb. 7 at 7:30 in their home finale.

York 47, Crete 45

The Dukes scored with six-tenths of a second to play Tuesday to complete their upset of the Cards.

In a nip-and-tuck battle all the way through, Crete held a three-point lead after one quarter before York came back to tie it at 24 at the half.

Crete was able to forge a four-point lead early in the fourth quarter before York pulled even in the final minutes and set the stage for their last-second rally.

Derek McGinnis led Crete scorers with 23 points.

Crete 51, Holdrege 33

Crete’s full-court defensive pressure and transition game swamped the Dusters in the early going Thursday in Aurora. The Cardinals enjoyed a 22-point lead with a couple of minutes to play in the first half.

“Our pressure created some turnovers, and we were able to convert some easy baskets early,” Crete coach Brent Cole said. “In recent games we’ve shot the ball fairly well but we’ve depended on our perimeter game. We want to learn how to be able to score consistently without relying on Derek’s three-point shot.”

The Cardinals were successful from that standpoint. McGinnis didn’t have to let fly from behind the arc for Crete to lead comfortably, scoring Crete’s only three of the night in the early minutes of the final stanza.

Mitch Marvin had 10 points in the first half, while McGinnis and Ian McGowan added eight apiece. Crete led 16-2 late in the first quarter.

For more on Crete's tourney games, see the Feb. 1 print or E-edition of The Crete News.