The Centralia Panthers hosted the New Bloomfield Wildcats in a varsity boys game on Friday, January 10th. The Panthers started off the game in dominant fashion. Hot shooting and a stifling defense allowed the Panthers to take an 18-6 lead after the first quarter. The two teams played fairly evenly in the second quarter with New Bloomfield slightly outscoring the Panthers to pull within 10 points at 32-22.
The third quarter was about like the second with the teams playing pretty evenly. Centralia pulled ahead by 11 at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats starting making shots and forcing turnovers and stormed back. With 1:04 left in the game, New Bloomfield scored to tie the game at 49-49. Neither team scored during the last minute until the Wildcat's last second three point attempt splashed through the net as time expired.
FINAL: New Bloomfield 52 Centralia 49