Holiday basketball: Gering at Sidney, Scottsbluff at GNAC
     2012-12-27      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering sophomore Joses Palomo (No. 3) drives the ball down the court as teammate junior Christian Groskopf (No. 12) and others prep for action during a Western Conference tournament game against Mitchell. 
When the Gering basketball teams open play Thursday in the Cabela’s Holiday Shootout in Sidney, both Bulldog teams will face a familiar foe from recent post-Christmas tournament action.
The Gering boys won the Holdrege Holiday Tournament last year with a big win over Hershey in the championship game, while the Bulldog girls defeated Hershey for third place.

Hershey provides the first-round opposition after both teams have moved westward to Sidney for their between-holiday tournament action. The Gering and Hershey girls play at 3:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ match-up at 5:15 p.m., with both games at the Sidney Middle School gym.

Friday’s opposition for Gering in semifinal will be determined by Thursday’s respective first-round games between Chase County and Douglas, Wyo.
Friday’s girls’ semifinals will be at 2 p.m. and the boys will play at 5:30 p.m., with Thursday’s losers playing at the middle school and the winners playing at the Cabela’s Activities Center.
Saturday’s action begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with the girls’ championship game at 1:30 p.m. and the boys’ title contest at 3:15 p.m.

In the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament at Columbus, which runs Thursday through Saturday, the Scottsbluff boys’ 7-0 start earned the Bearcats the No. 1 seed in their bracket.
Scottsbluff opens play Thursday against host Columbus (0-7) on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. The Bearcats will then play either No. 4 seed Kearney (4-3) or No. 5 Norfolk (1-5) in either the championship semifinals or consolation semis on Friday.

In the girls’ bracket, Scottsbluff (0-5) is the No. 8 seed and is matched against top-seeded Norfolk (4-2) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Bearcats’ next opponent will be either No. 4 Kearney (4-3) or No. 5 Norfolk (1-5) on Friday.

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