Basketball teams resume schedules in tourneys: Gering in Sidney event, while Scottsbluff plays host to GNAC competition
     2014-01-02      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/Gering Citizen - Gering’s 6’4” senior Grant Olsson stuffs the basket during the season’s first rivalry match up. The Bulldogs and the Bearcats will be on the court again during this weekend’s holiday tournaments in Sidney and Scottsbluff, respectively. 
Happy New Year, basketball fans.

And area teams begin the new calendar year in earnest with tournament competition dominating the schedules.

Gering will be in the Sidney Cabelas’s Holiday Shootout starting Thursday and continuing Saturday, while Scottsbluff is the host for this season’s Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament that begins Thursday and concludes Saturday.

Gering opens play at Sidney Middle School against Gothenburg, with the girls playing Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and the boys following at 7:15 p.m.

The Gering boys resume action with a 6-2 record and will play Gothenburg (2-4) at Sidney Middle School at 7:15 p.m.

The Gering girls are 4-4 entering their first-round game against Gothenburg (3-3), which is at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Sidney Middle School.

In Friday’s semifinals, the Bulldog boys will play at 5:30 p.m. and the girls at 2 p.m. against either Cheyenne South or Chase County, with Thursday’s winners at Sidney High and the losers at the middle school.

The top portion of the brackets for both boys and girls has Sidney against Central City and Laramie, Wyo., playing Hershey.

Saturday’s girls’ schedule has the seventh-place game at 10 a.m., the fifth-place contest at 1:30 p.m., both at Sidney Middle School. The third-place game at Sidney High School is at 10 a.m. and the championship at 1:30 p.m.

The boys’ Saturday schedule begins with the seventh-place game at 11:45 a.m., with the fifth-place contest at 3:15 p.m., both at Sidney Middle School. The third-place game at Sidney High School is set for 11:45 a.m., with the championship contest at 3:15 p.m.

GNAC Tournament

Norfolk drew the No. 1 seeds for both the boys’ and girls’ brackets in the GNAC Tournament, which will have action split between the Scottsbluff High School and Bluffs Middle School gymnasiums.

The Scottsbluff boys (4-3) earned the No. 3 seed in their bracket and open play Thursday against No. 6 McCook (3-2) at 7:25 p.m. at the SHS gym.

No. 2 North Platte (3-3) and No. 7 Hastings (2-4) are bracketed with Scottsbluff and McCook, and they play at the BMS gym at 3:45 p.m.

The boys’ top bracket has No. 4 Kearney (0-6) playing No. 5 Lexington (3-3) at 3:45 p.m. at SHS, and Norfolk takes on No. 8 Columbus (1-6) at BMS at 7:15 p.m.

The Scottsbluff girls (1-4) are seeded as the underdog in their bracket and open against top-seeded Norfolk (4-2) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the SHS gym.

No. 4 McCook (4-2) and No. 5 Columbus (1-6) are bracketed with Scottsbluff and Norfolk, and they will also play Thursday at 5:30 but at the BMS gym.

The bottom bracket has No. 2 Kearney (3-3) against No. 7 Lexington (1-5) at 2 p.m. at SHS and No. 3 North Platte (5-1) vs. No. 6 Hastings (2-4) at 2 p.m. at BMS.

The Norfolk-Scottsbluff winner will play the McCook-Columbus victor on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at SHS, and the respective losers will meet at BMS at 5:30 p.m.

The Kearney-Lexington winner plays the North Platte-Hastings victor on Friday at SHS and the losers meet at BMS, with both games at 2 p.m.

Saturday’s seventh-place game is at BMS at 10 a.m., the fifth-place contest at BMS at 1:30 p.m., the third-place game at SHS at 10 a.m. and the championship contest at SHS at 1:30 p.m.

Alliance Holiday Tournament

Mitchell is in the two-day Alliance Holiday Tournament, and the Tigers will open play against Gordon-Rushville in both brackets Thursday.

The other first-round match-ups have Alliance against Bridgeport, and the finals will be Friday.

The Mitchell girls (5-2), on a five-game winning streak, will take on Gordon-Rushville (1-6) at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Tiger boys (3-4) will play Gordon-Rushville (2-4) at about 2:30 p.m.

The girls’ finals Friday will have the third-place game at 1 p.m. and the championship game at 4 p.m. the boys’ finals will have the third-place game at 2:30 p.m. and the championship at 5:30 p.m.

Sioux County Holiday Tournament

Banner County and Morrill will be in action at the two-day Sioux County Holiday Tournament in Harrison, beginning Friday and concluding Saturday.

In the boys’ bracket Friday, Banner County (0-5) plays Crawford (2-3) at 3:45 p.m. and Morrill (1-6) plays Sioux County (0-5) at 7:15 p.m.

The boys’ third-place game will be Saturday at 3:45 p.m. and the championship contest will be at 7:15 p.m.

In the girls’ bracket, Banner County (1-4) plays Crawford (5-3) at 2 p.m. and Morrill (2-5) takes on Sioux County (4-2) at 5:30 p.m.

The girls’ third-place game Saturday will be at 2 p.m. and the championship contest at 5:30 p.m.

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