Gering boys on early season roll
     2011-12-15      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo  
MITCHELL — The Gering boys’ basketball team turned up the pressure Thursday night and scored a 65-50 win over Mitchell in the first of three victories for the Bulldogs in as many days.

Gering followed that short trip with a jaunt to Alliance on Friday, where the visitors downed the host Bulldogs 59-54.

The Bulldogs then made their run 3-for-3 for the week by ousting Chadron 53-35.

In Thursday’s win, Gering turned a 7-6 early lead into a rout with its pressure defense.

Already on a roll, the Bulldogs forced a Mitchell turnover in the waning seconds of the first quarter. Junior Walker Britsch made the steal and passed to senior Zach Smith, who ripped a 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Bulldogs were up 20-9.

Smith finished the first period with 11 points and the night with a game-high 23 with five 3-pointers. Senior Danny O’Boyle was the Bulldogs’ next scorer with eight points.

Gering had as much as a 44-20 lead in the third quarter.

Mitchell senior Alberto Alvizar paced the Tigers with 16 points with two 3-pointers. Senior Randy Shields followed with 13 points and junior Robbie Burke added 11.

The Bulldogs entered a home game Tuesday against Wheatland with a 5-1 record. They then travel to Casper, Wyo., on Dec. 22 to play Kelly Walsh.

Mitchell (1-4) followed the loss by winning its first game of the season Saturday, 63-50 at Hemingford.

The Tigers play Yoder-Southeast at home Friday then go to Morrill on Saturday.

Scottsbluff continued its early-season blaze and improved to 6-0 by winning all three of its games at the Campbell County Camel Classic, Gillette, Wyo.

The Bearcats scored impressive wins by downing Casper Natrona on Thursday by an 85-59 score. They followed that up on Friday by defeating Rock Springs, Wyo. 82-52. The score of Saturday’s game was closer, but Scottsbluff pulled out a 73-63 win over Campbell County. The Bearcats are next at home on Friday to take on the Chadron Cardinals.

Minatare rebounded from its first loss to score a 49-46 overtime victory Friday over Sioux County. the Indians (2-1) are at Arthur County on Friday and have Crawford at home Saturday.

Bayard lost to Bridgeport 42-13 on Friday and Alliance 71-41 on Saturday. The Tigers (1-2) will play at Hay Springs on Friday at home against Kimball on Saturday.

Morrill (0-3) took two road losses, Friday at Garden County 43-29 and Saturday at Kimball 59.37. After a Tuesday game at Hays Springs, the Lions will play Mitchell at home Saturday.

Banner County is 2-2 after splitting its two games last week, a 60-51 win over Minatare and a 52-36 loss Saturday at Pine Bluffs. The Wildcats will be at Leyton on Friday and host Creek Valley on Saturday.

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