Bulldogs rout No. 2 Scottsbluff 55-33
What a difference a month and a half makes. Back on November 30, the second game of the basketball season, Scottsbluff whipped Gering 67-39 in the semifinals of the Western Conference Invitational.
Saturday night, in front of a packed house at Gering High School, the Bulldogs turned the tables, blasting the state's second rated Class B Bearcats 55-33.
The game went back and forth through the first quarter with Scottsbluff leading 19-to-16 at the end of the period thanks to Tyler Mickey's late trey. He came off the bench to hit two long range field goals in quarter number one and it looked as if it was going to be a barnburner of a game.
However, another bench player, this one for Gering, had a different idea. Joses Palomo, a 5-9 sophomore guard who had the game winning shot against Chadron Friday night, came off the bench Saturday night and scored five first quarter points. He then exploded for 11 second quarter points as the Bulldogs outscored Scottsbluff 15-to-4 in the quarter.
Gering, who outscored Chadron 28-to-9 in the second quarter Friday night only to have the Cardinals mount a comeback, did not let off the gas Saturday. Thanks to a 10-point Grant Olsson third quarter Gering extended their lead by six in the stanza and led 45-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
Solid defense an outstanding board work kept Scottsbluff at bay in the final period and Gering ran away to the win.
After the Bearcats scored 19 first quarter points they had just 14 points the rest of the away, including two points in the fourth quarter.
The Bearcats could not punch the ball inside effectively and depended on the three-point ball. They were just 2-of-21 from behind the arc in the second half.
Palomo paced Gering with 18-points. Olsson added 14 and Austin Ferguson had 11. Both Olsson and Ferguson posted double figure rebounds as well, with Olsson hauling in 14.
The game was Gering's final home game of the season. They will start a seven game end of the regular season road trip at Alliance Friday. They are now 9-6 on the season, while Scottsbluff drops to 12-3. The Bearcats will try to rebound Saturday at Sidney.
Palomo and Olsson shared KNEB Taco John's Player of the Game honors for their efforts
Gering also won the junior varsity game, rallying from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat the Bearcats 64-59. Scottsbluff won the freshman game 64-35.
The Scottsbluff girls played Sidney at SHS Saturday afternoon, losing to the Lady Raiders 59-to-43. The Cats could not hold on to a nine point halftime lead in dropping to 1-11 on the season. Sidney is now 12-3.
Also at Scottsbluff High School the Twin Cities Swimming Invitational wrapped up with Omaha Westside winning both the boys and girls division. The Seacats finished second in both divisions, while North Platte was third and McCook fourth in both.
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