Bulldog hoopsters defeat Alliance visitors
     2014-02-06      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering junior Allie Vacha (No. 5) powers down the court with Alliance Bulldogs (Kennedy Cyza, No. 33) on her heels. The Gering ladies scored a 48-39 win at the overtime buzzer. 
The Gering Bulldogs basketball teams both earned wins on Friday night against Alliance. The boys won 64-56 and the girls won in overtime 48-39.

The Lady Bulldogs started out strong against the Alliance Bulldogs outscoring Alliance 12-9 in the first quarter. Gering’s momentum dropped off dramatically in the second quarter as they only scored three points. Fortunately for Gering, Alliance struggled in the second period as well only scoring five points. The half time buzzer sounded with Gering holding onto a slim 15-14 lead.

The momentum seemed to shift in Alliance’s favor as A-Town outscored G-Town 7-6 to cause a 21-point tie at the end of the third frame. The closing period saw both teams step it up on offense. Gering would have thought they had the game won with a 37-34 lead in the closing seconds. A 3-pointer sunk by Alliance tied the score at 37 and sent the game into overtime.

The overtime period was all Gering as they outscored Alliance 11-2 in four minutes. Seven of Gering’s points were from free throws. Gering earned the win with a final score of 48-39.

“I thought that the girls showed a lot of resolve tonight in the overtime period,” Coach Adam Freeburg said. “With Alliance taking the big shots to go into overtime I thought they had all the momentum. I really like how our girls showed a lot of courage and they got the momentum back on our side by hitting some free throws and getting a big stop. Overall I’m really proud of our effort in the overtime.”

Individual scores for Gering: Allie Vacha 13, Savannah Walker 11, Katie O’Boyle 8, Danyele Ysac 6, Toni Rosado 4, Ashlyn Schultz 3, Kaylee Spreier 3.

Individual Scores for Alliance: Mickenzie Brennan 12, Brianna Ridenour 8, Rylee Trout 7, Caitlyn Tritle 4, Kennedy Cyza 4, Emily Jensen 2, Tabitha Unzicker 2.

The boys teams took to the court and the Gering boys started the first frame with a 15-11 lead over Alliance. G-Town extended the lead in the second period outpacing Alliance 17-14. The Gering Bulldogs enjoyed a 7-point lead over Alliance with a halftime score of 32-25.

A-Town did not give up and turned on the offense by outscoring Gering 15-11 in the third quarter and closed the gap to just three points. Gering took notice of Alliance’s success and started their own offensive rally in the fourth and final frame. Gering put up an impressive score of 21 to Alliance’s 16 for a final score of 64-56.

“This is a typical Gering-Alliance game. This is the way they all go,” Coach Randy Plummer said. “They are a better team than they were the first time we played them up there and we are too. It made for a really interesting contest. When their big man (Sage DuBray) fouled out we let up a little bit like they always do and they made up the gap like that (snap) and it made for a nail biter down the stretch.”

Individual scores for Gering: Grant Olsson 24, Austin Hoffman 12, Christian Groskopf 11, Joses Palomo 9, Taylor Nelson 8.

Individual scores for Alliance: Trevor Kamerzell 22, Jordan Mills 15, Josh Matulka 6, Jeff Heckman 3, Ryan Romick 1.

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