Scottsbluff boys defeat Aurora for championship bid
     2016-03-18      By Roger Holsinger    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Roger Holsinger Scottsbluff Dillon Hernandez moves the ball around Aurora's Austin Allen during the semi-final game Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Also pictured is Scottsbluff's Austin Clarkson who ened up breaking his foot in the game and was not able to play the next day. The Bearcats beat the Huskies and qualified for the finals against Gretna. 
LINCOLN — Two down and one to go.

After taking care of Platteview, 64-47, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, the Scottsbluff Bearcats focused on their next opponent, the Huskies of Aurora.

Aurora entered the state tournament seeded number five with a 25-1 record and entered the semi-final round after beating Sidney, 77-74 in double-overtime.

That win might have taken a lot out of the Huskies although they stayed with Scottsbluff in scoring in all quarters except in the second when the Bearcats out-scored the Huskies, 16-10. That quarter would prove to be the difference as the Bearcats racked up another win, 65-59, and headed to the state championship game at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Aurora got on the board first as Kade Moural sunk the three, but Dillon Hernandez answered with a bucket, then added a trey to give Scottsbluff the early 5-3 lead.

Landon Walker added two more for Scottsbluff, but Hunter Holiday scored for the Huskies and with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter, Scottsbluff led by one. Austin Clarkson added a bucket to give the Bearcats a 14-13 lead at the end of one.

Aurora took the lead in the second quarter with Zachary Stevenson scoring, but Clarkson answer and then Dru Kuxhausen sunk a three to give Scottsbluff a four-point lead mid-way through the second quarter. After two quick baskets, Aurora took the two-point lead and Scottsbluff began to make some mistakes with poor passing and no offense boards.

But Walker came back with a bucket and junior Evan Hughes sunk to threes to give the Bearcats a 27-23 lead with a minute remaining in the first half. The Scottsbluff lead was extended to seven after Dillon Hernandez canned the try at the buzzer.

Scottsbluff continued to lead through the third quarter with Jonah Wright scoring a three and Kuxhausen added a bucket.

With 1:49 left in the quarter, Aurora cut the Scottsbluff lead to three, but Kuxhausen came back with the three and another trey with three seconds remaining in the quarter.

Scottsbluff continued to roll in the fourth quarter with Walker scoring in the paint; Kuxhausen scoring from the free-throw line as well as two points from a rebound. Walker added another score and then Wright made a circus-like pass to Clarkson for two to give Scottsbluff a 57-53 lead with 1:18 to play.

With time dwindling, Aurora was forced to foul Scottsbluff and the Bearcats shot 100 percent as Kuxhausen was 4-4 and Blake Wilberger sunk to as Scottsbluff ended the Aurora season with the 65-59 win.

Scottsbluff: Dru Kuxhausen 21; Evan Hughes 6; Jonah Wright 3; Dillon Hernandez 12; Landon Walker 13; Blake Wilberger 2; Austin Clarkson 8.

Scottsbluff 14 16 15 20 – 65

Aurora 13 10 15 21 – 59

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