Gering Bulldogs raided by Sidney hoopsters
     2013-01-10      By Philip Eckerberg, Special to the Citizen   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/For the Citizen
Senior Bulldog Austin Ferguson goes for a basket against a Sidney defender at Friday's game at home. The Bulldogs were defeated by the Raiders 60-55.
 
Gering boys’ and girls’ basketball teams fell on Friday night to Sidney with a final score in the girls’ contest of 36-28. The boys’ match was closer, 60-55.

Come on strong, get ahead and stay ahead is a great strategy to win any game but unfortunately for Gering it was mantra of both Sidney teams. The Sidney girls started strong out of the gate with 9 points in the first quarter, while holding Gering to one basket.

The Lady Bulldogs couldn’t find their groove in the second quarter, continuing to be outscored 8-6. The girls went to the locker room at the half time trailing Sidney 17-8. There were plenty of scoring opportunities for the girls but it seemed like there was a lid on the basket and shots would not go in.

The third quarter was no better as the Lady Raiders continued to dominate, outpacing Gering 9-7, heading into the final quarter with a lead of 26-15. Gering finally kicked it in and outscored Sidney 13-10, at one point pulling within 5 points of the Raiders. It was too little too late for the Gering girls as the final buzzer saw the board at 36-28 for Sidney. Gering now has an even season record of 6-6 while Sidney girls are 8-2.

Gering coach Adam Freeburg praised his team’s defensive effort saying “to hold a team like Sidney to 36 points is a great accomplishment.” Freeburg added “we need to find a way to get the ball in the hoop a little bit more”. Freeburg was happy with his team’s effort noting that even thought they were down double digits they never gave up and kept fighting.

Individual scores for Gering: Jessica Rogers 7, Katie O’Boyle 7, Alexa Anderson 4, Megan Upp 3, Dakota Gellner 3, Santanna Mitchell 2, Kaylee Spreier 2.

Individual scores for Sidney: Sarah Mahr 15, Karissa Segelke 11, Jeni Heeren 4, Abbi Porter 2, Morgan Linneman 2, Katelin Cole 1, Cody Rowley 1.

The boy’s game was next and for the Sidney Red Raider boys the third time was a charm. This was the third meeting of the Gering and Sidney boys this season. Gering has won the two previous matches but the score was close even going into overtime.

Sidney opened the game with some “shock and awe” as two three point field goals and a layup led to an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter. Sidney ended the quarter with a 17-11 lead. The second quarter was no better for Gering as Sidney outscored them 20-14 and ended the half with a 37-25 lead.

The Bulldog boys were suffering the same shot accuracy problem the girls had. There were plenty of shots made, but they simply did not fall. It was as if an invisible force was preventing the balls from going in the hoop.

The Gering boys came back in the second half and made a try at it. The scoring was tied 9-9 in the third quarter with the score being 46-34 in Sidney’s favor. The fourth quarter Gering began to dominate as they outscored Sidney 21-14. The comeback fell short as the closest the Dawgs could get to the Raiders was 5 points. The final buzzer sounded with Sidney holding onto the 5 point lead 60-55.

Gering now has a season record of 7-5 with Sidney at 6-4. Gering coach Randy Plummer lamented that the first half went totally Sidney’s way “They got every loose ball and rebound”. Plummer added that the Gering team “was not ready to play”.

A glance at team stats tells the story. Gering only made 6 of 13 free throws, Sidney hit 9 of 18. Gering made 3 three point buckets, Sidney made 7. You can’t win that way.

Individual scores for Gering: Zac Bibb 16, Christian Groskopf 13, Joses Palomo 8, Taylor Nelson 7, Austin Ferguson 6, Grant Olsson 5.
Individual scores for Sidney: Paxton Ehler 15, Lane Harvey 14, Casey Mabey 12, Sam Arterburn6, Hunter Vowers 5, Logan Lewis 4, Lucas Rosenbaum 4.

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