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Friday November 24, 2017
Regional Champions! NCA Jets Party Like It's 1985

NEAGUNEE----The last time the North Central High School won a boys basketball regional championship, Ronald Reagan was the president of the United States.

But Wednesday night in Negaunee, the Jets turned back the clock by posting a 59-50 win over the Forest Park Trojans to earn a trip to the Class D Elite Eight quarterfinal round.

The Jets won a state championship in 1984, and then a regional title in 1985. Since then, they've been off the statewide basketball map. But not this year.

The Jets won three tough games in the district tournament (Mid Peninsula, Carney-Nadeau and North Dickinson), and then had to fight off a valiant Superior Central team in the regional semifinals. And now, a Forest Park team that the Jets had beaten twice in the regular season by 11 and 20 points...but this one would not be as easy.

Forest Park's Derek Aberly scored 20 points in the first half Wednesday night, and entering the fourth quarter, the Jets were behind. But a big fourth quarter put the Jets in front, and Josh Granquist's three with 1:06 left iced the game at 57-50.

Travis Vincent scored 19 points to lead the Jets. Trevor Ekberg scored 14 points and Rob Granquist added ten. Aberly was shut down in the second half, finishing with 22 points.

North Central (22-3) advances to the state quarterfinal next Tuesday night in Marquette against the Cedarville Trojans. Cedarville (23-1) needed two overtimes to beat the Hillman Tigers, 92-85, in Tuesday's other regional final.

Josh Hester had 23 points, Keith Bouschoor 21, and Dan Stanbeck had 19 off the bench for Cedarville. Next Tuesday's game starts at 7 ET/6 CT at Marquette High School.

Choose team:
Date Time Opponent Score Record
12/3
8:00 PM
Stephenson Eagles
61 - 48 (W)
1-0
12/6
7:45 PM
at Rapid River Rockets
67 - 47 (W)
2-0
12/10
7:00 PM
at Republic-Michigamme Hawks
60 - 43 (W)
3-0
12/13
8:00 PM
at Carney-Nadeau Wolves
53 - 59 (L)
3-1
1/3
7:45 PM
at Rapid River Rockets
64 - 32 (W)
4-1
1/7
8:00 PM
North Dickinson Nordics
66 - 70 (L)
4-2
1/12
6:00 PM
Superior Central Cougars
65 - 60 (W)
5-2
1/17
7:30 PM
at Big Bay deNoc Black Bears
48 - 39 (W)
6-2
1/25
7:45 PM
Bark River-Harris Broncos
68 - 39 (W)
7-2
1/29
8:00 PM
Carney-Nadeau Wolves
52 - 49 (W)
8-2
2/1
8:00 PM
at Forest Park Trojans
67 - 56 (W)
9-2
2/5
8:00 PM
Republic-Michigamme Hawks
60 - 41 (W)
10-2
2/8
8:00 PM
Big Bay deNoc Black Bears
73 - 45 (W)
11-2
2/12
8:00 PM
at North Dickinson Nordics
53 - 49 (W)
12-2
2/15
8:00 PM
at Stephenson Eagles
57 - 44 (W)
13-2
2/18
7:30 PM
at Munising Mustangs
56 - 63 (L)
13-3
2/22
7:45 PM
at Bark River-Harris Broncos
59 - 47 (W)
14-3
2/23
7:00 PM
Mid Peninsula Wolverines
57 - 47 (W)
15-3
2/26
8:00 PM
Forest Park Trojans
61 - 41 (W)
16-3
2/28
7:30 PM
at Mid Peninsula Wolverines
54 - 41 (W)
17-3
3/4
7:00 PM
Mid Peninsula Wolverines
87 - 65 (W)
18-3
3/6
7:00 PM
Carney-Nadeau Wolves
65 - 54 (W)
19-3
3/8
7:00 PM
at North Dickinson Nordics
54 - 40 (W)
20-3
3/11
6:00 PM
Superior Central Cougars
64 - 61 (W)
21-3
3/13
7:00 PM
Forest Park Trojans
59 - 50 (W)
22-3
3/19
7:00 PM
at Cedarville Trojans
71 - 57 (W)
23-3
3/21
6:00 PM
at Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian Defenders
36 - 51 (L)



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Saturday March 23, 2013
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Thursday March 21, 2013
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Tuesday March 19, 2013
NCA Jets Prepare For Huge Quarterfinal Challenge
Sunday March 17, 2013
2012-13 Upper Peninsula Boys Basketball Playoffs
Saturday March 16, 2013
North Central Jets Cruise To District Championship
Friday March 8, 2013
Jets Turn Up Defensive Pressure To Beat Mid Pen
Saturday February 23, 2013
NCA Jets Work Hard To Beat North Dickinson
Tuesday February 12, 2013
Jets Get Paybacks In 'Civil War' Win Over Carney
Tuesday January 29, 2013
Menominee County Civil War: Carney-Nadeau Wins
Thursday December 13, 2012
NCA Jets Pull Away In Second Half To Beat Eagles
Monday December 3, 2012