Bearcats go 1-2 in tough Gillette tournament
     2013-12-19      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff senior Matthew Mickey (No. 20) passes the ball, while Gering sophomore Brent Barge tries to block the play during the recent Western Trails Conference. The Bearcats were on the road this week at the three-day, early-season Campbell County Camel Tournament in Gillette, Wyo. 
Scottsbluff boys’ basketball coach Tony Siske likes for his Bearcats to play in the three-day, early-season Campbell County Camel Tournament in Gillette, Wyo., in the hopes the team will gain invaluable experience from playing against the equivalent of Class A schools.

After starting play Thursday with a 72-59 win over Rock Springs, Wyo., Scottsbluff fell 67-58 on Friday to Century High School from Bismarck, N.D. The Bearcats’ tournament ended with 85-63 defeat to to host Campbell County on Saturday.

In their opener, the Bearcats trailed by two points at halftime but exploded with a 23-5 run in the third quarter to take command and score its third straight victory.

Junior Trent Harris led the Bearcats in scoring with 22 points. Harris knocked down four 3-pointers. Freshman guard Dru Kuxhausen followed in scoring with 10 points. Jackson Hinze and Dillon Hernandez hit a pair of treys apiece in finishing with eight points each. Matthew Mickey also poured in eight points, as did 6-foot-8 freshman Landon Walker.

Harris also led Scottsbluff defensively by collecting five steals. Harris and Hinze each dished out four assists. Sophomore Austin Clarkson grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

Against Century, however, Scottsbluff was unable to recover after the Patriots uses a 17-7, second-quarter run to build a 34-20 halftime lead. Century increased its lead to more than 20 before the Bearcats closed to within nine before game’s end.

Kuxhausen continued the strong start to his varsity career by scoring 19 points in leading the Bearcats in scoring. Kuxhausen, a 5-foot-10 guard, connected on four 3-pointers. Walker joined Kuxhausen in double figures with 13 points and added two blocked shots.

Clarkson grabbed a team-high six rebounds and also passed a team-leading three assists for Scottsbluff. Clarkson also scored eight points, while Harris followed in with seven and Hernandez finished with six on two 3-pointers.

Scottsbluff shot 41.6 percent from the field overall and converted 10 of its 14 free throws.

Against Campbell County, the Camels were hard to stop with Cody Kelley leading all scorers with 39 points. Campbell County bounded out to a 24-10 lead and led 48-35 at halftime.

Offensively, three Bearcats cracked the double-figure scoring column. Kuxhausen led the way with 14 points, hitting 4 of 6 3-point attempts. Clarkson followed with 13 points and Harris finished with 10.
Scottsbluff finished 9 of 25 from 3-point range. Hernandez hit three treys, while Jonah Wright netted a pair. The Bearcats shot 36.9 percent from the field overall and converted 6 of their 9 free-throw opportunities.

Walker and Mickey led Scottsbluff with six rebounds each and Clarkson added five. Harris made six assists, while Hinze had a pair of steals.

Scottsbluff (3-3) will wrap up the pre-holiday portion of its schedule on Friday by playing host to Chadron (4-1).

Following Friday’s contest, Scottsbluff will be off from game action for nearly two weeks until after the first of the year when the Bearcats host the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament on Jan. 2-4.

Scottsbluff girls fall at Wheatland

While the young Scottsbluff girls came out on the short end of a 41-27 final Friday night at Wheatland, Wyo., the Bearcats gave the host Bulldogs all they wanted by holding Wheatland to under its season scoring average and leading by one point after three quarters.

In the end, the Bulldogs pulled away with a 22-7 run in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Aly Camacho led the Bearcats in scoring with 10 points. Sophomore Chesney Walker followed with seven points.

Junior Aubree Ford knocked down Scottsbluff’s only 3-pointer of the game. Scottsbluff finished the contest shooting a respectable 6 of 9 at the free-throw line.

Scottsbluff fell to 1-3 with the loss but has a week to prepare for its home game Friday against Chadron.

Minatare boys down Sioux County

At Minatare, the host Indians improved to 3-0 on the young season by downing Sioux County 63-51.

Chance McAllister paved Minatare’s victory with 19 points, while teammates Javier Guerrero and Yovan Perez added 10 points apiece.

In the girls’ game, Sioux County came away with a 47-30 win over Minatare. While the Indians fell to 0-3, their 30-point output was their most thus far during this young season.

Minatare closes out its pre-holiday schedule Friday with a doubleheader at Arthur County.

Bridgeport sweeps Bayard

In the Morrill County rivalry, visiting Bridgeport left Bayard with a pair of tight victories.

The Bulldog boys had an 11-point lead after three quarters before holding off the host Tigers 49-42, while the Bridgeport girls turned back Bayard 36-32.

The Bridgeport boys had three players reach double figures in scoring, led by Jaime Gonzalez with 12. Bayard junior Justin Baird matched Gonzalez with game-high honors with 12 for the Tigers, while junior Bryce Hargens added 11.

Bayard’s girls had two 11-point scorers in Haley Sauer and Megan Stuart, while Brooke Harding led Bridgeport with 10.

Bayard returned to the court Saturday night, with the girls losing to Alliance 38-34 and the Tiger boys falling to the Bulldogs 60-43.

Bayard is at Hay Springs on Friday and plays host to Kimball on Saturday before the holiday break.

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