Gering boys take two of three on Shoot-Out road trip
     2011-02-17      By Terry Gaston    editor@geringcitizen.com
A new weapon in the Gering boys' basketball attack emerged last week during the Bulldogs' three-game road trip in the East-West Shoot-Out.

Senior Charlie Hadenfeldt led the balanced Bulldogs in scoring on the trip, on which they captured a 64-44 victory at Lexington and a 56-50 comeback win at McCook before taking a 46-33 loss at North Platte.
In all three games, we came out pretty productive and proved we can play with those guys,” said Gering coach Randy Plummer, whose team is 14-6 overall and 5-1 after having played its six last games all as the visitor. “We'll probably see McCook in the first round of districts (on Feb. 26 or 28).”
In beating Lexington, the Bulldogs led 32-20 at halftime on their way to the 20-point win. Gering had a 32-20 advantage in rebounds for the night, led by senior Gunnar Britsch's eight boards and other team-highs of 14 points, eight assists and four steals.

Bulldog senior Lee Salas was 3-for-4 from 3-point range on his way to scoring 11 points, while Hadenfeldt scored nine and juniors Zach Smith and Dillon Wademan netted eight points apiece.
We had 8 of 16 3-pointers and I didn't realized it until after the game,” Plummer said of his team's steady outside attack, which included a pair of treys from junior Colton Keller. “It was just something that opened up for us. We played a good overall game.”

Junior Danny O'Boyle sat out Thursday’s game with an ankle injury but was back Friday at McCook to score 11 points and make three steals. Hadenfeldt took team-scoring honors with 12 points, including eight in a first quarter in which Gering rallied from an 11-1 start with 11 unanswered points to take the lead after one period.

“That was great that Charlie came in and really gave us a boost,” Plummer said. But the Bison regained the lead with a 17-9 second-quarter run to hold a 28-21 advantage at halftime.

Gering cut the McCook lead back to one at 41-40 with 19 third-quarter points and then outscored the Bison 16-9 in the final eight minutes to take its second win in the Shoot-Out.

We defended them well in the fourth quarter and that was the difference,” Plummer said. “They are kind of a run-and-fire team, shooting 30 to 35 3s a game, but they only took 18 (making five) and we defended them well. And we wre 6-for-13 on 3s.

Smith also had 11 points, while junior Tyler Wallace had a team-high eight rebounds. Britsch matched O'Boyle's three steals, as did Salas, who also had four assists and two 3-pointers.

Gering led North Platte 23-21 at halftime of the all-Bulldog matchup Saturday, but North Platte (15-5) went on a 13-4 tear in the third quarter and outscored Gering 25-10 after the half to take the 13-point win.

We were still ahead midway through the third quarter, but then we couldn't get any shots to fall,” Plummer said. “We had 42 shots, we just didn't make them.”
To North Platte's credit, Plummer said: “They are a better defensive team than what we've played. We had only seven turnovers but didn't get a lot of second shots.”

Hadenfeldt and Smith shared team-high scoring honors with eight points, with Hadenfeldt hitting two of Gering's 3 of 19 3-point tries. O'Boyle had seven points and five rebounds, while Britsch had three assists.

The Bulldogs had all this week to prepare for Friday's matchup against arch-rival Scottsbluff at Western Nebraska Community College. Tipoff at Cougar Palace is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Plummer said the Bulldogs will be looking for better success against the Bearcats than in their 68-51 home lossto Scottsbluff (16-5) , if for no other reason than Gering will have had all week to prepare for the Bearcats this time.

“We had two hard games that week, getting big wins over Torrington (51-49) and Chadron (50-49), and I don't know if we really had a game plan against Scottsbluff,” Plummer said of a game in which Bearcat junior Zach Clemens knocked down 29 points while Smith led the Bulldogs with 23. “We'll give it a different plan – actually, we'll have a plan.”

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