G-Town basketball racks up wins
     2014-12-18      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photos by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering junior Austin Hoffman (No. 22) goes for a trey against Mitchell defenders during Thursday’s contest with Mitchell. The Bulldog boys saw a 76-44 win against their Tiger opponents. 
The Gering Bulldogs basketball teams racked up more wins this week. On Friday the boys and girls teams defeated Alliance. The boys were victorious over Mitchell on Thursday while the girls took a loss.

Friday night Gering played at home in The Dome taking on the Alliance Bulldogs in a battle to see who the best Dawg was. First up: the girls. Senior Allie Vacha led the way to Gering victory with 23 points. G-Town controlled the game from the start outscoring Alliance 10-6 in the first frame. Alliance fared better in the second quarter; however, Gering still edged Alliance out in scoring 10-9 and went to the locker room with a 20 to 15 lead.

Gering continued to lead with 17 third period points against Alliance’s 12. The final frame saw Gering with another 17 points and Alliance only managed 5. The Gering Bulldog girls earned a decisive 54-32 victory.

Vacha had an impressive 23 points, more than double the amount of points scored by any other player on either team. Senior Kaylee Sprier was next with 9. Junior Allie Boggs had 8, Junior Katie Martindale had 6, Sophomore Mariah Conn had 3, Freshman Victoria Schwartz had 3, and Sophomore Kayleigh Bohnsack had 2.

“It was a big game for our girls, a gut check game.,” Coach Adam Freeburg said “I thought they responded very well after Thursday’s disappointment. I am just really proud of the effort that they came back with on Friday. We had a lot of different girls step up in different areas. We had a good team victory.”

The boys took the court next and survived a tough Alliance team with a come from behind 63-54 victory. G-Town started off slow being outscored by Alliance 18-12 in the first quarter. The Bulldogs made up some ground in the second frame leading 17-15 but still faced a 4 point deficit at the half 33-29. Gering stepped up the effort in the third period leading that frame 16-11. Gering saved the best for last earning 18 points in the final quarter compared to 10 by Alliance.

Top scoring honors went to Junior Brent Barge with 19. Senior Joses Palomo was next with 15. Freshman Tyler Pszanka had 13, Junior Austin Hoffman had 12, and Senior Esai Hernandez had 4.

Down by 4 at halftime, Gering came back strong in the second half, playing well and winning by 9, said Coach Randy Plummer.
On Thursday night the Gering boys got a 76-44 win against the Mitchell Tigers. The Bulldogs took control early on as they outscored the Tigers 23-16 in the first period. The teams tied at 10 for the second quarter and took a 33-24 lead into the locker room. G-Town exploded on both defense and offense in the third frame with a 27-6 pounding of Mitchell. Gering coasted to the final buzzer with a 16-12 edge in the fourth quarter.

Hoffman led the scoring with 19 points. Palomo was second with 16 points. Hernandez had 10, Sophomore Trey Winkler had 8, Barge had 7, Sophomore Christian Rogers had 5, Sophomore Alex Duncan had 3, Sonny Salazar had 3, Pazanka had 3 and Kreiger Ebbers had 2.

Coach Plummer said “it was pretty close until the second half and then we pulled away. It was a big win.”

The girls did not fare as well, losing to Mitchell 63-18. Mitchell opened up with a full court press, putting Gering behind 17-4 in the first frame. Gering never recovered from the shock and was outscored 16-6 in the second quarter and was down 35-10 when the half time buzzer sounded. Mitchell continued to dominate 16-6 in the third and 12-4 in the fourth.

Boggs was the top scorer with 8 points. Sprier had 4, Bohnsack had 4 and Jade Riedel had 2. “We did not play well in any aspect of the game,” Coach Freeburg said. “We had trouble breaking the press. We didn’t do a lot on the rebounds either. Overall it was a bad night for us.”

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