Cats outgun Cheyenne Central
     2016-01-22      By Roger Holsinger    editor@geringcitizen.com
Roger Holsinger Photography Scottsbluff’s Dillon Hernandez works his way to the basket while Dontel Ybarra of Cheyenne Central goes for the block during action last Saturday night in Scottsbluff. Hernandez ended the night with seven points as the Bearcats improved to 11-2. The Bearcats host rival Gering on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. 
The Scottsbluff boys basketball team improved to 11-2 on the season last Saturday night with the 59-47 win over Cheyenne Central, which dropped to 8-3 after the loss.

Bearcat Junior Dru Kuxhausen led the scoring charge with 27 points including five three-pointers.

Head Coach Tony Siske summed up the win by saying “it was a great win against a very good team. Cheyenne Central is a quality opponent and number one in Wyoming.”

Siske said the way his defense played the first quarter was not something he expected because of the strength of Central, adding that Dontel Ybarra and Grant Storebo generally are two players that lead the squad. So holding the Indians to six points was a pleasant surprise.

At the end of the first half Scottsbluff led, 23-19, and Siske said he talked to his players about how Central was attacking their defense what adjustments were needed there and Siske said it worked the second half.

“It made them (Central) work a lot harder; they still got what they wanted a couple times, but it didn’t come easily,” he said.

Scottsbluff came out scoring in the first quarter with Dillon Hernandez and Kuxhausen giving the Bearcats a quick 4-0 lead and then Kuxhausen canned the trey and Scottsbluff had a 6-0 lead. Central finally got on the board with five minutes left in the quarter as Brock Anderson added a bucket. But Kuxhausen quickly added five more points and the Bearcats had the 11-6 lead after one quarter.

Scottsbluff added to its lead in the second quarter, but Central didn’t roll over and cut the Bearcat lead to two points midway through the second period as Dontel Ybarra hit a jumper and then cut the lead to one with a three-pointer.

The Bearcats countered with Kuxhausen and Landon Walker and Scottsbluff went in at half leading, 23-19.

Even though Scottsbluff outscored Central by seven in the third period, the Indians gave the Bearcats all they could handle as Storebo tied the game at 23 with 7:07 left in the quarter. Kuxhausen hit the three and then Hernandez added two followed by a three to give the Bearcats a six point lead. Then Walker added another two points off a dunk and Hernandez added two more. Then Austin Clarkson added two off a rebound and the Bearcats ended the period up by 11 points.

Kuxhausen then provided a scoring clinic with 10 points including two three-pointers.

With 3:25 remaining in the game Scottsbluff stretched out its offense, forcing Central to foul, which then did, but it was too late as the Bearcats ended the night on top, 59-47.

Siske said at that point in the game he felt it was time to “grind it out” and if they could score an easy layup they would, other than that they would have to foul and “we have some great free throw shooters and also to melt the clock a little bit,” he said.

Next up for the Bearcats is Sidney at home on Friday and then the Bearcats will host cross town rivals, Gering Saturday night.

Siske said the key to gaining two wins this weekend is to continue what they are doing now and to take steps forward.

Tip-off for both games is set for 7 p.m. each night.

Scottsbluff – 11 12 20 16 – 59

Cheyenne Central – 6 13 13 15 – 47

Scottsbluff – Dru Kuxhausen 27; Jonah Wright 6, Dillon Hernandez 7, Landon Walker 10, Blake Wilberger 4, Austin Clarkson 5.

Cheyenne Central – Dontel Ybarra 9, Nick Fraley 7, Brock Anderson 4, Jessen Reckling 9, Grant Storebo 16, Cody Meese 2.

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