Scottsbluff boys knock off Sidney
     2016-01-29      By Roger Holsinger    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Roger Holsinger Photography Sidney’s Cutter O’Connell shoots over the top of Scottsbluff’s Landon Walker last Friday night. Walker ended the night with 13 points for the Bearcats while O’Connell had 11 for the Red Raiders. 
The Scottsbluff boys basketball team lived up to the hype as they knocked off two state-ranked teams over the weekend, first Sidney and then Saturday night, Gering.

Friday night, a near sell-out crowd, watched the Bearcats dismantle a strong and talented Red Raider squad, 58-45. But it wasn’t until the second half that the Bearcats were able to pull away as the Red Raiders never gave up.

In the first quarter each team traded baskets early, but Landon Walker got the momentum moving toward Scottsbluff with a powerful dunk to give Scottsbluff a 7-6 advantage.

In addition to scoring, Sidney proved it had the ability to shoot from three-point land as Zach Means and Tyler Wintholtz answered shots from Austin Clarkson and Dillon Hernandez. At the end of the first quarter it was tied up at 10.

Traceten Halley then gave the Bearcats a two-point lead from a steal and Dru Kuxhausen drilled the jumper to extend the lead to five.

But the Raiders battled back and took the lead with 3:38 left in the half as Jake Herren hit the three. Jonah Wright fired back with a jumper, which was answered by Cutter O’Connell. Kuxhausen then hit his patented three and the Bearcats went in at the half leading, 28-27.

The third quarter proved to be the turning point for Scottsbluff as the Bearcats outscored the Raiders, 12-5, and Sidney was never able to put together a strong enough run to make up for the shooting slump.

Meanwhile Scottsbluff was able to extend its lead with baskets from Kuxhausen, Walker, and Hernandez. Scottsbluff had an eight-point advantage at the end of the third period.

Scottsbluff continued to roll in the final quarter as Halley hit the three, Clarkson muscled his way to score and to put the final nail in the game, Kuxhausen hit the three at the buzzer as Scottsbluff knocked off Sidney, 58-45.

Scottsbluff – Dru Kuxhausen 22, Traceten Halley 2, Jonah Wright 3, Dillon Hernandez 10, Landon Walker 13, Blake Wilberger 1, Austin Clarkson 7.

Sidney – Brady Radcliffe 3, Mitch Porter 6, Ryan Birney 6, Jake Herren 3, Cutter O’Connell 11, Tyler Wintholz 8, Zach Means 8.

Sidney 14 13 5 13 – 45

Scottsbluff 14 14 12 18 – 58

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