Gering basketball boys continue to dominate court
     2013-12-19      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering senior Taylor Nelson (No. 40) fights for the play against Mitchell senior Nick Harriger (No. 44) during a battle in Mitchell last week that saw the Bulldogs with a 76-37 win. 
The Gering boys’ basketball team improved to 5-1 this week with wins against Mitchell 76-37, Alliance 64-48, and Wheatland 67-58. The Gering girls are 3-3 after winning against Alliance 40-30, losing to Mitchell 37-36 and winning against Wheatland 50-32.

The Gering and Mitchell boys met last week and ended up in a double overtime thriller. Mitchell won the tip and quickly took a 5-0 lead with 6:33 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs got the kinks worked out and tied at 7 with 3:19 left. The Dawgs took the lead at 10-7 with 2:53 left and they never looked back.

The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 26-12 in the first frame, and 15-9 in the second quarter giving Gering a 41-21 lead at halftime. Mitchell came out of the locker room with plenty of fight left in them and started a full court press on Gering. The Bulldogs were not affected by this and continued to dominate the game outscoring the Tigers 15-12 in the third period and 20-4 in the final quarter. Gering got the win 76-37 over Mitchell.

Coach Randy Plummer said “I told the boys before the game that our program is built on defense, if you get that then you can get everything else. We ran them up and down the court and outrebounded them on defense.”

Individual scores for Gering: Joses Palomo 21, Brent Barge 2, Christian Groskopf 20, Riley Haug 3, Isaiah Wilson 2, Austin Hoffman 7, Kraiger Ebbers 2, Esai Hernandez 4, Taylor Nelson 4, Grant Olsson 11.

Individual scores for Mitchell: Antonio Barrios 6, Adam Schlotthauer 3, Bo McVay 5, Nacho Rocha 2, Jamie Fegler 19, Nick Harriger 2.

The Gering Lady Bulldogs had a slow start on offense and defense against Mitchell Tigers that hurt them in the end. Gering had just one basket in the first quarter, a 3-pointer from Ashlyn Schultz against Mitchell’s 13 points. The Bulldogs continued to struggle against the Tigers in the second frame putting up 7 points and three baskets, to Mitchell’s 14. The Gering girls went into the locker room having only made four successful baskets and behind by 17 points.

Gering began a small comeback in the third period outscoring Mitchell 8-5 as the Dawgs’ defense kept the Tigers away from the basket. The final quarter the Gering offense finally woke up and scored 18 points while the defense held Mitchell to just 5. The final seconds of the game saw Mitchell ahead by 3 points 37-34 Gering attempted a 3-pointer to tie but it was in and out. Gering rebounded and made 2 points but the clock ran out and the Mitchell defense held on to the lead to win 37-36.

Gering girls coach Adam Freeburg said “I thought Mitchell played extremely well; we had a lot of open shots that didn’t fall. It was a game of missed opportunities and Mitchell took advantage of their opportunities. Gering was way down and could have quit but they kept fighting and that is attributed to their character.”

Individual scores for Gering: Ashlyn Schultz 6, Allie Vacha 6, Kaylee Spreier 6, Katie O’Boyle 10, Danyele Ysac 8.

Individual scores for Mitchell: Celeste Cardona 3, Aspen Reifschneider 12, Kady Lower 15, McKenna Zulkoski 3, Taylor Peters 2, Felina Blanco 2.

The Gering teams traveled to Alliance on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs desperately needed a win to keep from sliding too far early in the season and got what they needed by beating Alliance 40-30. Gering started slow, ending the first quarter 4 points behind 9-5. Gering stepped it up on both offense and defense in the second frame outscoring Alliance 15-3 going into the locker room ahead 20-12. The third frame was pretty even but Gering stayed in front 7-6. Gering maintained in the final period 13-12 to win 40-30.

Coach Freeburg said “Gering girls played really good defense holding Alliance to 30 points on their home court. Alliance is a tough place to play and has been for years. For us to come away with a win is a good accomplishment.”

Individual scores for Gering: Ashlyn Schultz 10, Allie Vacha 5, Savannah Walker 5, Kaylee Spreier 8, Katie O’Boyle 8, Danyele Ysac 4.

Indiviual scores for Alliance: Mickenzie Brennan 4, Emily Jensen 9, Caitlyn Tritle 4, Rylee Trout 6, Kennedy Cyza, 4, Brianna Ridenour 1, Tabitha Unzicker 2.

The Gering boys came out as the top Dawg, beating the Alliance boys 64-48. Gering took command in the first frame 20-8. Gering let up a little in the second frame 11-13 but still managed to keep a 10-point lead going into the locker room ahead 31-21. Gering continued to control the keep edge in the third period outscoring Alliance 18-15. Gering finish the final quarter 15-12 for a game winning 64-48 finish.

Coach Plummer said, “The win against Alliance was very satisfying. We got off to a fast start and held a 10-15 point lead the entire game. Austin Hoffman was 9 for 10 from the field. Gering was 28 for 51 from the field. Grant Olsson had 11 rebounds; Christian Groskopf had five assists and fivesteals. We outrebounded Alliance 35 to 21.”

Individual scores for Gering: Austin Hoffman 20, Joses Palomo 14, Christian Groskopf 12, Grant Olsson 10, Taylor Nelson 4, Justin Brester 2, Esai Hernandez 2.

Individual scores for Alliance: Gaige Lehl 11, Parker Cyza 4, Josh Matulka 7, Trevor Kamerzell 5, Jordan Mills 17, Ryan Romick 2, and Cody Robinson 2.

Gering found themselves in another dog fight on Saturday night as the Gering Bulldog boys beat the Wheatland Bulldogs 67-58. Gering got off to a slow start in the first quarter as they trailed 18-15. Gering came back in the second outscoring Wheatland 22-14 and held a 37 to 32 lead at the half. Gering maintained the lead by a score of 7-6 in the third period and in the final frame both teams stepped up the offense with Gering coming out on top 23-20.

Coach Plummer said, “The win against Wheatland was difficult, they play very hard and pressed the entire game. They are quick and shoot a lot of 3’s making them difficult to cover. Grant Olsson dominated inside with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Christian Groskopf had eight rebounds. As a team we shot 22 for 45 from the field and forced 18 Wheatland turnovers while only committing 13 against their full court press. We outrebounded Wheatland 27 to 18.”

Individual scores for Gering: Joses Palomo 15, Christian Groskopf 14, Isaiah Wilson 5, Austin Hoffman 7, Taylor Nelson 6, Grant Olsson 20.

Individual scores for Wheatland: Braden Douglas 3, Trace Douglas 11, Kyle Pollack 2, Austin Huffer 2, Braxten Fagenbush 16, and Kendrick Jackson 24.

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