Gering boys win two games in east/west shootout
     2015-02-19      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Steve Towery/for the Citizen - Bulldog senior Esai Hernadez led the Bulldogs to a 16-4 win over McCook in the weekend’s East/West Shootout, with 18 points in the game on Friday. The Bulldog boys scrapped through the tourney with two wins, losing to the Class A North Platte Bulldogs. 
The Bulldog boys’ basketball team came out ahead on their 3-game road trip with wins against McCook 50-44, and Lexington 43-24. Their only loss came from North Platte 63-46. The Lady Bulldogs were not as fortunate, lsing all three home games: McCook 42-37, North Platte 61-40, and Lexington 60-48.

On Thursday evening the boys traveled to McCook for a tough battle against the Bison. McCook had an 18-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second frame saw McCook rack up 10 more points to Gering’s 9 for a 4-point 28-24 halftime lead for McCook. Gering fell to six points behind at the end of the third period after McCook took the third 12-10. Coach Plummer must have inspired his players as Gering poured on the offense for 16 fourth quarter points and defensively held the Bison to 4 points to get the 50-44 win.

Coach Randy Plummer observed that McCook led in scoring for most of the game but Gering rallied in the fourth quarter to outscore McCook 16-4. Tyler Pszanka had 6 rebounds, Esai Hernandez and Austin Hoffman had 5.

Senior Esai Hernandez led the scoring with 18 points. Freshman Tyler Pszanka had 11 points. Junior Brent Barge had 10 points. Junior Austin Hoffman had 5 points. Senior Kraiger Ebbers had 5 points. Senior Joses Palomo had 3 points.

On Friday the Gering boys took on the North Platte Bulldogs. It is tough to tell the difference between these teams as they both are blue and gold and use the Bulldog mascot. G-Town tied Class A North Platte in the first quarter but it was all North Platte after that the second frame was North Platte 18 and Gering 4. North Platte went on to win the game 63-46.

“North Platte made 12 3-pointers that pretty much doomed the Dogs,” Coach Plummer said.

Hernandez and Barge led the scoring with 8 points each.

On Saturday the boys went to Lexington to take on the Minutemen. G-Town took the lead early with a 10-2 lead after the first 8 minutes. The Dawgs took the second quarter 12-7 for a 13 point 22-9 lead at halftime. Gering and Lexington tied the third frame at 9 but the Bulldogs came back in the fourth for a 12-6 period with a 43-24 final. That put Gering’s season record at 12-9.

“They played one of their best defensive games of the year,” Plummer said. “Pszanka led the defense with 2 blocked shots and 6 rebounds while taking 2 charges. Hernandez had 8 rebounds and Kraiger Ebbers’ inside play was instrumental in the defensive effort. Sophomores Tanner Wengler and Christian Rogers played well off the bench.”
Hoffman was the top scorer with 16 points. Hernandez had 11 points. Wengler made 5 points. Kraiger Ebbers had 4 points. Pszanka made 3 points. Barge and Christian Rogers each scored 2 points.

The girls had a rough time in the East/WestSshootout as they lost all three games. The game against McCook was the closest and was Gering’s best shot at a win. The Lady Bulldogs opened the first frame with a 12-9 lead over the Bison. The second frame was taken by McCook at 11-7. The teams went into the locker room with McCook leading by 1 point 20-19.

McCook had a strong 11-7 third frame over Gering and a six point lead. Gering cut the lead to 4 points in the fourth quarter and lead McCook 12-11 in the quarter but it was not enough to get the win and the Bison took a five point 42-37 win.
Senior Kaylee Spreier was G-Town’s top point getter with 15. Senior Ashlyn Schultz had 9 points for second place. Junior Allie Boggs had 4 points and sophomore Mariah Conn scored 3 points. Seniors Dakota Wadmen and Sam Rahmig each added 2 points. Sophomore Courtney Conn and freshman Victoria Schwartz finished off the scoring with 1 point each.

On Friday night Gering girls hosted North Platte in the GHS Dome. Gering never had a chance against the Class A opponent as North Platte had a 10-point lead after the first eight minutes 17-7. North Platte continued to pile it on in the second frame with a 16-10 besting of Gering. The halftime buzzer sounded with Gering in a 16 point hole and North Platte leading 33-17.

It went from bad to worse in the third period as North Platte pounded Gering 19-12. Gering took the fourth frame 11-9 but it was too little too late as Gering girls suffered a 19 point 61-40 loss.

For the first time Schwartz was the top scorer for Gering with 10. Boggs had 8 points for a close second. Mariah Conn added 6 points to the total. Schultz and Spreier were way down this game with 3 points each. Junior Destinie Savala, sophomore Kaylee Bohnsack, Rahmig, Courtney Conn, and Wademan each contributed 2 points to the effort.
On Saturday The Ladies hosted the Lexington Minutemaids. Lexington took the lead with the first basket and Gering never caught up. Lexington finished the first frame 12-9 over G-Town. Lexington had 17-14 second period and an 18 to 12 third. Gering did their best in the fourth quarter with a 13 point tie. The game ended with the 60-48 win for Lexington.

Spreier had 17 points which put her back on top. Bohnsack had 8 points for second. Schultz and junior Jade Riedel had 7 points, Boggs scored 5 points. Mariah Conn picked up 4 points.

The Bulldog boys have improved to 12-9 on the season while the girls slid to 5-17. Both teams are officially on the road this Friday night to Scottsbluff. The Scottsbluff gym may be just four miles from the Dome but it is way behind enemy lines for Gering as the boys face a red hot 17-4 Bearcat team and the girls take on a team that is 7-11 and has beat them already this season. If you are going to the games, plan on showing up early as the house will fill fast.

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