Thayer Central’s Aubrey Fangmeier took one on the chin, but little did his opponent know the senior’s resiliency.
Sterling’s Ben Heir hit a shot over Fangmeier at the end of regulation to send it to overtime during Saturday’s contest. But the 6-foot-2 forward had the last say.
Fangmeier hit two crucial shots down the stretch of the overtime period to help Thayer Central get the first win of the season 56-50 over Sterling.
“Tonight’s game was a good, fun, competitive battle. We came out and had good looks at the basket early, but the shots weren’t falling for us. Our kids kept battling and were able to make a good run late in the second quarter and make it a close game with the series of three point shots by Max Madsen and Gabe Haase,” Thayer Central head coach Don Kayser said.
Sterling had the contest all but wrapped up after the first quarter of play. The Jets jumped out to a 18-5 lead behind a well balanced attack that featured four players scoring at least three points.
Thayer Central chipped at the lead with some precision from beyond the arch. Madsen tallied three treys and Haase knocked down two 3-pointers in the second quarter to cut the lead to four at 26-22.
After a low scoring third quarter that saw each team score seven points, Madsen brought his team back to tie it up at 43-43 with a team-best five points in the quarter.
In overtime, Thayer Central got scoring contributions from five different players to garner their first win of the season.
“This game was a great learning experience for our guys. I was really proud of them for being patient and handling the grind of a tough game,” Kayser said.
Madsen led all scorers with 21 points, while Heir led Sterling with 17 points and 18 rebounds.
Seth Mumford dominated the boards with 15 rebounds and added five points for the Titans. Haase added four assists, four steals, and six points.
The Titans (1-1) will have their first home game on Friday against Red Cloud.