WHEATLAND, Wyo. — The Gering boys basketball team couldn’t overcome a 12-point first-quarter deficit in falling to Wyoming Class 3A fifth-ranked Wheatland 63-53 Saturday night.
Gering, which was playing its third game in three days, started sluggish in the opening period, trailing Wheatland 22-10.
Gering assistant coach Steve Land said the Bulldogs couldn’t rally from the early deficit.
“We got off to a slow start, and we had to claw our way back into it,” Land said. “Wheatland hit a couple of big shots, and we turned the ball over four straight times, and they converted those into points.”
Land noted that Gering played a little bit better in the second half.
“We made a good run in the second half as we cut the lead to six, but we were also down by 16 points a couple of times,” he said. “We had too many turnovers tonight.”
The Bulldogs had three players hit for double figures in scoring. Zac Bibb led the way with 12 points followed by Walker Britsch with 11 and Christian Groskopf with 10. Joses Palomo also chipped in nine points for the Bulldogs.
The loss evened the Bulldogs’ record at 3-3.
Gering will be back in action when it travels to Chadron on Dec. 15 before hosting Torrington, Wyo., on Dec. 21. Torrington defeated Chadron 56-51 Saturday night.
Gering (3-3).............................. 10 8 17 18 — 53
Wheatland (3-2)..................22 14 11 16 — 63
Joses Palomo 9, Walker Britsch 11, Christian Groskopf 10, Zac Bibb 12, Gage Winkler 4, Austin Ferguson 4,Taylor Nelson 3.
B. Douglas14, Dusty Nipper 8, B. Kischer 7, B. Eagenloush 8, T. Pollard 16, B. Ruwart 10.