Sidney road contest leaves Bulldogs disappointed
     2014-01-16      By Philip Eckerberg   
A week after both Bulldog basketball teams swept the Cabella’s Holiday Tournament in Sidney, both teams fell to the Raiders on the road Friday night. The Gering boys lost 75-64 and the Lady Bulldogs were defeated 39-31.

The girls tipped off first at the Cabela’s Sports Center in Sidney High School. Gering started off very slow, only scoring two points in the first quarter compared to Sidney’s five.

Gering improved in the second frame scoring five but was significantly outscored by Sidney’s 13 points. The Lady Bulldogs went into the locker rooms facing a 10-point deficit of 18-10.
Improved in the third period outscoring The Raiders 9-8 and in the final frame Gering outscored Sidney 14-13. It was too little, too late as the final score was Sidney 39 and Gering 31.

“We missed a few early shots it became contagious for us and we just could not get the lid off the basket in the first quarter,” Coach Adam Freeburg said “We played really good defense in the first quarter but we just could not get anything to fall for us. It was an uphill battle all game long. We got back in the game in the third and fourth quarter but we just could not get over the hump to make it a really close game. I thought that our defense was pretty good. Overall we played good defense and if we can get our shots to fall we will be right there with them next time.”

Individual scores for Gering: Kaylee Spreier 9, Savannah Walker 8, Katie O’Boyle 8, Allie Vacha 4 and Destinie Savala 2.

Individual scores for Sidney: Sarah Mahr 12, Madi Stafford 9, Katelin Cole 7, Cody Rowley 7, Abbi Porter 2, Savanna Rosenbaum 2.

The Bulldog boys hit the hardwood but fared no better than the girls. The Dawgs stayed within one point of the Red Raiders in the first frame but were outscored 17-16. The second quarter Gering fell apart on both offense and defense as Sidney earned more than double Gering’s points at 22-10. The Bulldogs went into the locker room down 13 points 39-26.

The third frame Gering continued to slide being bested by Sidney 20-14 and faced a 19-point deficit 59-40. The Dawgs started a comeback in the fourth outscoring Sidney 24-16 but time ran out and Gering lost the contest by 11 points 75-64.

“It was a very disappointing game.” Coach Randy Plummer said. “We did not execute well on offense and we did not play defense. We actually made the same number of 3-pointers as Sidney, 5, but they had way too many shots in the paint. We were not the tougher team and, other than Grant Olsson, no one had their best game on a night when that was what was needed. We did outrebound them but did not draw charges, set screens, or stop dribble penetration. We need to improve these areas and that is my job as the coach – to see that those things get done. Casper Kelly Walsh will be, by far, our toughest game of the year.”

Individual scores for Gering: Grant Olsson 28, Austin Hoffman 13, Christian Groskopf 9, Joses Palomo 6, Isaiah Wilson 3, Taylor Nelson 2, Brent Barge 2, Riley Haug 1.

Individual scores for Sidney: Lane Harvey 22, Lucas Rosenbaum 17,Paxton Ehler 13, Tyler Wintholz 12, Jake Sager 7, Logan Lewis 2, Cody Frerichs 2.

Gering boys are now 9-3 and the ladies are 8-5 after Tuesday’s victory in Scottsbluff. The girls will play Cheyenne East tonight and Casper Kelly Walsh Saturday night both games are at home. The boys play Casper Kelly Walsh Saturday night in Casper.

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