LINCOLN – North Bend Central was aiming for its first boys state basketball title in school history when the faced Auburn for the C1 crown Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena, heard on 107.9 The Bull.
Points were at a premium throughout the game, with Auburn leading 12-6 after the first, and 16-14 at halftime.
Both teams scored just four points in the third quarter, and the Bulldogs led 20-18 after three.
North Bend Central went on a short run in the fourth, taking a 27-24 lead.
Auburn tied the game at 27-27 before the Tigers got a late bucket to take a 29-27 lead.
The Bulldogs had the ball in the final seconds, and connected on a deep three-pointer to take a 30-29 lead with 1.4 seconds remaining.
NBC called a timeout to design a play, but their desperation heave missed, securing the 30-29 win for Auburn.
Tanner Wietfeld had 8 points for the Tigers, and Jaxon Wietfeld scored 7.
North Bend Central ends their season at 25-4 overall, and as the Class C1 State Runner-Up.