Sidney avenges earlier loss to Bulldog boys
     2011-01-13      By Terry Gaston   
Gering boys’ basketball coach randy Plummer said he found more encouraging elements from the Bulldogs’ 68-58 loss Friday night at home to Sidney after he watched the video from what was Gering’s third straight loss (6-4 for the season).
“Looking back at it, it was not all that bad,” Plummer said Sunday night. “We made 23 of 29 free throws. We outrebounded them 25-20 and they’re a pretty good-sized team. We’ll be all right.”
Sidney led 16-9 after the first quarter and 31-23 at halftime, but every time the Red Raiders tried to pull away, back came the feisty Bulldogs.
“We came back several times but just couldn’t get over the hump,” Plummer said. “They’d build it to 12 or 14, and then we’d get back to five or six. They just hit us with a press that led to easy baskets, and we let them get out of our trap. We left them open and they made us pay.”
Gering was outsized inside, though senior Gunnar Britsch muscled his way inside for many of his 14 points and also had nine rebounds. He shared team-leading scoring honors with junior Zach Smith, while fellow Danny O’Boyle was next with 13 points.
The Red Raiders (4-5) avenged a five-point loss to Gering in the Western Conference Tournament in early December by hitting four 3-point baskets in the first quarter and getting a game-high 24 points from junior Harrison Keeton.
“Just because you beat them one time doesn’t mean you’re going to beat them every time,” Plummer said. “I think we only turned the ball over 12 times, but they only turned it over nine times. We did a good job of handling their pressure.”
The Bulldogs will have been off for eight days before they play host to Gordon-Rushville on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. In turn, that game begins a stretch of four games in seven days for Gering, which entertains Torrington on Tuesday, Chadron on Jan. 21 and Scottsbluff on Jan. 22.
“We’ll go with shorter practices but they’ll be more intense,” Plummer said of this week’s workout schedule. “With four games in seven days, we’ll be getting ready for all of them.”

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