Gering falls in semis to SB
     2016-03-04      By Sue Wengler    editor@geringcitizen.com
Sue Wengler/Special to the Gering Citizen Tanner Wengler (14) tries to get around a Bearcat defender in their second round game in District B-6 play on Monday. 
In what turned out to be the last game of the basketball season for seniors Brent Barge, Austin Hoffman, Sonny Salazar and Javier Campos, the Bulldogs left the second round of District B6 playoffs with a loss to Scottsbluff, 65-41.

The top-seeded Bearcats came out in the first quarter scoring first and kept the lead the entire game. The first quarter ended 20-9 in Scottsbluff’s favor. Junior forward Christian Rogers had 4 points.

The Bulldogs took many quality shots that just didn’t fall and had 8 turnovers. Headed into halftime, the Bulldogs trailed by 10 points.

“We had great chemistry,” said Tanner Wengler about the Bulldog season. “That’s what got us our 15 wins. We all played really well together.”

During the third quarter, the Bulldogs picked up some momentum scoring 11 points, but it wasn’t enough. “It just wasn’t our night,” Hoffman said. “I just want to say thank you to everybody in the community for their support. I wouldn’t have wanted to play for any other team. The last four years playing basketball was a blessing. Most importantly though, all the glory goes to the man above. I couldn’t have done anything without him. “
Wengler had 3 steals on the night. Austin Hoffman led scoring with 10 points.

Scottsbluff swept the regular season. Gering suffered losses to a dominant Bearcat squad on Feb. 19 and on Jan. 23, but improved on the deficit in the second game. The first was by 18 points in a 64-46 shellacking, and the rematch, Gering could only whittle the difference to 15 points, 84-69.

In the district quarterfinals, the Gering boys opened tourney action with a huge win over the McCook Bison (12-13). The fourth-seeded Bulldogs took down the Bison, 78-47, on Feb. 27, in Ogallala.

Tyler Pszanka scored 6 points and several rebounds to help close the first quarter with a 16-10 lead. Barge contributed 5 points.

Hoffman started out the second quarter with a quick 2 points within the 10 seconds. Wengler had two of his three steals of the game in the second stanza.

Gering finished the first half with a 40-23 lead.

The Bulldogs kept their foot on the accelerator in the second half, with 6 Bulldogs scoring in the third quarter which ended with an emphatic bucket by Alex Duncan in the final seconds.

With a towering 61-32 leading, heading into the final quarter, all 14 members of the varsity squad got playing time and all but two players scored.

Gering Head Coach Randy Plummer said, “We played an overall great game. After coming off an eight-day break, we came back and played well.”

This was the second time Gering and McCook met in the past two weeks.

In the first meeting, the Bulldogs crushed the Bison, 64-39, which was a good indication of this outcome.

Gering ends the season with a winning record of 15-9.

Scottsbluff advanced to play the Sidney Red Raiders in the district final after the win over Gering. The Bearcats dominated Sidney, 51-36, for bragging rights in heading to the state competition. (For more details, see sidebar.)

Scottsbluff 20 10 23 12

Gering 9 11 11 10

GERING Austin Hoffman 10, Sonny Salazar 7, Javier Campos 2, Trey Winkler 7, Alex Duncan 3, Tanner Wengler 2, Christian Rogers 6, Tyler Pszanka 4.

SCOTTSBLUFF Austin Clarkson 6, Blake Wilberger 2, Evan Hughes 3, Dillon Hernandez 5, Landon Walker 17, Dru Kuxhausen 24, Jonah Wright 6, Devin Buderus 2.

Gering – 16 24 21 17 78

McCook - 10 13 9 15 47

GERING Trey Winkler 12, Brent Barge, 13, Dalton Scott 2, Jake Rocheleau 2, Alex Duncan 5, Tanner Wengler 10, Javier Campos 2, Keaton Ebbers 2, Christian Rogers 8, Austin Hoffman 10, Dylan Radzymski 2, Tyler Pszanka 10

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