Bearcat boys to play Thursday for state
     2011-03-10      By Terry Gaston    editor@geringcitizen.com
Scottsbluff boys basketball coach Tony Siske began this season hoping that a tough schedule would prepare his Bearcats for a state tournament run. That schedule paid off with a Class B tournament berth and also helped the Bearcats overcome some late-season adversity.

Scottsbluff (18-7) earned the No. 4 see for the state tournament and faces No. 5 seed Lincoln Pius X (18-4) Thursday morning at 9:45 a.m. Mountain Time in first round action at Lincoln’s Pershing Auditorium.

The winner will play either top seeded South Sioux City (21-2) or No. 8 Holdrege (15-8) at 6 pm MT at the University of Nebraska’s Bob Delaney Sports Center.

Saturdays Championship game will be at 5:30 p.m. MT while the semi-final losers play for third place at 1 p.m. MT at Lincoln North Star High School.

Scottsbluff earned its second trip to state in three years by overcoming a 1-3 slide to end the regular season to win the District B-6 Championship. The Bearcats downed Alliance 68-56 in the semi-finals and defeated McCook 58-46 in the title game.

“We took a couple days off and we’ve been practicing well,” Siske said. “Our biggest thing was getting healthy. We are close to being 100 percent healthy. At least we have enough guys to have competitive practices.”

Siske said Pius X played a tough schedule as well, having played some of Lincoln’s Class A schools as well as Class B state No. 2 seed Gretna (23-2) and sixth seeded Norris (16-6).

“They have good post players and have four guys who can knock down the 3,” Siske said. “They really try to spread you out.”

The Bearcats’ schedule included some of Wyoming’s top programs and Scottsbluff went 4-4 against teams from the Cowboy state, including a split with Torrington.

SHS also had a loss to Norfolk in December. Norfolk (21-4) is the No. 4 seed in the Class A State Tournament.

So does Siske think the Bearcats’ losses will make them a better team once they take the court on Thursday? “I hope so,” he said. “We’ll find out.”








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