Guerin Catholic took advantage of a 16-2 run in the fourth quarter that propelled the Golden Eagles to a 72-62 win over the North Central Panthers. 

Guerin (12-7) was without junior, and fourth-leading scorer, Luke Godfrey, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Thursday's victory over Indianapolis Memorial Scecina. 

“I was proud of our guys, they made a few mistakes but overall stayed composed and attacked the basket and paint in the final period,” said Guerin head coach Pete Smith in an email. "With only a day to prep for North Central, and then to find out Friday at practice that we'd be without Luke … it was great to see Bernie (McGuinness) answer the bell and bring Luke's toughness on the court when he was in.” 

McGuinness played 19 minutes in Godfrey’s absence and finished with eight points and seven rebounds. 

Senior Jack Hansen led the Golden Eagles in scoring with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Hansen also pulled in 15 rebounds, including three on the offensive end. 

An 11-3 run in the first quarter allowed North Central to leap out to 16-5 lead, but the Guerin roared back. A McGuinness 3-pointer followed by an old-fashioned 3-point play by point guard Clay Hepp helped Guerin tie the score at 18 by the end of the quarter. Hepp finished with eight points and a team-high six assists. 

Six points by Zach Munson and five points by junior Kian Sills helped Guerin outscore North Central 18-15 and take a 36-33 lead into the locker room. North Central guard Caleb Pack connected on a trio of 3’s in the third quarter to help the Panthers take a 50-47 edge heading into the fourth. 

Five Golden Eagles scored in the fourth quarter, as Guerin ran it's lead to 72-59 before a North Central 3-pointer ended the Golden Eagles’ spurt. The inside play of Jack Hansen, who scored 12 in the period, powered Guerin Catholic to outscore the Panthers 25-12 in the final eight minutes. 

Pack finished with a team-high 18 points for North Central, who shot 42.9 percent from behind the arc but only 38.7 percent overall from the field. Guerin was 25-50 from the field and made 17-23 free throws. Joining Hansen in double-digit scoring was Munson with 16 points and Sills with 13. The Golden Eagles held a 34-28 rebound advantage.

Guerin will look to win its fourth straight game Friday at home against Indianapolis Washington (8-11). Godfrey is expected at a minimum to miss the contest with the Continentals, Smith said.