Gering boys see win over Torrington
     2015-01-29      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering sophomore Christian Rogers goes up for two points against Torrington defensive action from freshman Kyler Stevens. The Bulldogs defeated the Trailblazers 82-54 on Tuesday at the Gering Dome. 
Tuesday was Senior night and the Gering Bulldog boys made it a memorable one as they defeated the Torrington Trailblazer 82-54, the Lady Bulldogs took a loss to the Blazers 44-41.

The Bulldogs boys desperately needed a win Tuesday to break a 5-game losing streak that went back to Jan. 3. Gering took control early in the first quarter outscoring the Blazers 19-9. The second frame was identical, 19-9. The Dawgs took the halftime break with a 20 point 38-18 lead. Torrington did not give up and actually outscored G-Town 20-19 in the third frame. It was mostly sophomores in the fourth period, but Bulldog underclassmen did not let up as they increased the lead with a 25-16 showing. The final score was 82-54.

“It’s nice to have a game like this every so often, where you have an advantage over them size wise and talent wise,” Coach Randy Plummer said. “It is kind of hard to coach in these games because you certainly don’t want to embarrass anybody. I think everybody except a couple of our starters scored. Our goal was to come in and try to figure out how to improve getting the ball inside. I thought we did that pretty well in the first half. Hopefully we got something from this and we can take it to Alliance on Friday”

Senior Esai Hernandez took the top scoring honors for Gering with 22 points, more than a quarter of all the points Gering scored. Freshman Tyler Pszanka was second with 10 points. Junior Sonny Salazar had 9 points. Junior Austin Hoffman and sophomore Christian Rogers each had 8 points. Sophomores Alex Duncan and Dylan Radzymski had 5 points each. Brothers senior Kraiger Ebbers and sophomore Keaton Ebbers tied at 4 points. Trey Winkler closed out the scoring with 2 points.
The girls’ game had an emotional start to it as it was likely Senior Allie Vacha’s last appearance on the Court inside the Dome. Vacha got to start as Senior Kaylee Sprier was allowed to win the tip, tipping the ball to Vacha, who then threw the ball out to Coach Adam Freeburg. Vacha was then removed from the game due to a previous knee injury.

The Lady Bulldogs desperately need a win as they are in a nine-game losing streak and have not won since beating Bridgeport on Dec, 16. The Lady Dawgs started the game against the Blazers good as they were in the lead 11-7 after the first period. The teams tied at 10 in the second quarter and G-Town went into the locker room with a 3 point lead at halftime.

Torrington shot back hard in the third frame outscoring the Bulldogs 15-7 and taking over the lead. The Trailblazers sealed the deal in the fourth period 13-12 for a final score of Torrington 44 and Gering 41.

“The third quarter they had a run there and we had some untimely turnovers,” Coach Adam Freeburg said. “They got the score back even and then it was a war the rest of the way. They just made more plays in the end than we did. We did not do a very good job of holding the off the offensive glass. That and the untimely turnovers was our undoing tonight.”

Senior Ashlyn Schultz took the top scoring honors with 20 points. Sophomore Mariah Conn was next with 10 points. Senior Kaylee Spreier had 7 points. Senior Sam Rahmig and freshman Victoria Schwartz each had 2 points.

Friday night the Lady Bulldogs fell to the Cardinals of Chadron 35-23 and the boys fell 48-43. The girls started off good with a 6-6 tie after the first eight minutes of play. The game went downhill from there as the Cardinals poured it on and took the second quarter 10-3. G-Town went into the locker room down seven points as Chadron led 16-9.

Gering fared no better in the third frame as Chadron outscored Gering 14-4. Gering did better in the fourth and final period taking that frame 10-5 but it was not enough to overcome Chadron’s already substantial lead and the Dawgs were pecked by the Cardinals 35-23.
“We played great defense in holding Chadron to 35, so I was very proud of our effort on the defensive end,” Freeburg said. “Our shots aren’t falling right now but they will and we have to keep believing that.”

Sprier once again led the scoring with 9 points including 5 of 6 free throws. Conn was second with 6 points all of which were from the field. Schultz had 5 points with one basket being a 3 pointer. Junior Katie Martindale had 3 points. hitting 1 of 2 free throws.
The boys opened the first quarter with a 4 point deficit as Chadron enjoyed a 4 point 14-10 lead at the end of the first frame. G-Town came closer in the second period scoring 10 points to Chadron’s 12 but the Dawgs still went into the locker room trailing by 6 points 26-20.

G-Town made up three points of their deficit in the third frame with a 15-12 besting of Chadron. The Cardinals were not going to give the game away and they took the final quarter 10-8 giving them a 5 point 48-43 lead.

“It was a low scoring game. Chadron is very deliberate and likes to work the ball before shooting,” Plummer said. “They led most of the game; however, we made 2 runs to tie and 1 to go ahead. We probably took too many outside shots, they committed only 7 fouls and we shot only 3 free throws. That is the result from not going inside with the ball. We outrebounded them 24-20.”

Hoffman took top scoring honors with 17. Junior Brent Barge was second with 14. Senior Joses Palomo had 8. Hernandez had 4.
The boys’ team is now 7-7 and the girls are 3-12. On Friday both boys and girls will travel to Alliance to take on the Alliance Bulldogs, girls at 5:30 and boys at 7. Both teams will play Burns, Wyo. on Saturday at the Gering High School Dome. On Tuesday the teams will travel to Ogallala.

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