Bulldogs fall to Sidney in tough road battle
     2015-02-12      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Angie Hernandez/for the Citizen - Gering’s Joses Palomo (No. 3) fends off Raider defender Lane Harvey (No. 11) during Friday’s road battle against Sidney. Palomo contributed 10 points to the Bulldog bucket. The Bulldogs are now 10-8 on their season and will travel on Thursday to face McCook.  
The Gering basketball teams travelled to Sidney to do battle with the Red Raiders last Friday. The boys fell 54-42 and the girls lost 37-27. The Lady Bulldogs led 6-5 at the end of the first quarter but Sidney came roaring back in the second quarter 11-6. The Dawgs were behind Sidney by 4, 16-12 at the half time break.

The third quarter did G-Town in as the Raiders outscored Gering 12-4. Gering made up a bit of ground outpacing Sidney 11-4 in the fourth quarter. It was not nearly enough though as the Lady Bulldogs lost by 10 – 37-27.

“The story of the game was first half we allowed too many offensive rebounds,” said Coach Adam Freeburg. “Sidney had nine offensive rebounds and that is too many. If you can limit teams to one shot per trip you are in good shape but I felt like in the first half we gave them too many chances. In the third quarter they hit some shots and we just couldn’t buy a bucket in the second half. Those two things combined was the difference.”

Senior Kaylee Spreier had 11 points to be the top scorer. Senior Ashlynn Schultz had seven points. Junior Katie Martindale added three points. Senior Sam Rahmig, junior Allie Boggs, and sophomore Mariah Conn each made two points.

The Bulldog boys were next in line; however, they were behind from the beginning. The end of the first frame saw the Dawgs trailing the Raiders 15-8. Gering edged Sidney in the second period 7-6. Gering still faced a six point 21-15 deficit when the half time buzzer sounded.

G-Town launched a third quarter comeback 19-14 over Sidney. The Bulldogs were only down by two at the start of the final frame and took a two point lead before Sidney poured on the offense with a 19-8 besting of Gering. The final score was 54-42.

“The game was close throughout,” Coach Randy Plummer said. “We took the lead 42-40 in the fourth quarter but just couldn’t buy a shot down the stretch. At the end Sidney made a few meaningless baskets to end 54-42. We were outrebounded 40-25. Esai Hernandez led us in rebounding with 13. We committed only two turnovers the entire game. We were three for six from the line and Sidney was 11 for 18.”

Senior Esai Hernandez led the way scoring 12 points for Gering.
Junior Austin Hoffman was a close second with 11 points. Senior Joses Palomo had 10 points. Junior Brent Barge had six points. Senior Kraiger Ebbers had two points. Junior Sonny Salazar closed out the scoring with one point.

The boys are now 10-8 and the girls are 5-14. The Bulldog basketball teams will participate in the East/West shootout starting tonight. The boys are on the road this year facing McCook (6-13) on Thursday, North Platte (3-16) on Friday, and Lexington (4-16) on Saturday.
The girls get to stay home this year hosting McCook (5-14) on Thursday, North Platte (10-9) on Friday, and Lexington (5-15) on Saturday.

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