It’s just past the halfway point of January and on Saturday Scottsbluff high school was hosting just their second true girls and boys doubleheader of the season.
Fans in attendance left having been treated to close to seasons worth of action.
Wrapping up “Cheyenne Week”, Scottsbluff welcomed in Cheyenne Central for some key mid-season matchups and the games did not disappoint.
The boys game was possibly the wildest finish anyone had ever witnessed as Jasiya DeOllos twice hit game tying, buzzer beaters that forced overtime and second overtime before the Bearcats went on to win it in double overtime by the final of 72-68.
Here’s the Runza Postgame Show conversation with Scottsbluff Head Coach Scott Gullion.
Central came in at 9-0 and ranked No. 1 in Wyoming Class 4-A basketball (On Friday night Scottsbluff lost 65-62 at No. 2 Cheyenne East in a thriller). Central features a great head coach in Tag Lain, a seven footer down low in Lawson Lovering, and overall just a well put together squad.
Scottsbluff jumped out early thanks to three Dawon Mohr three pointers as they held a 20-10 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter things slowed down a bit as both teams dug in defensively a little bit. There were just 23 points scored between the two teams; Scottsbluff got five more points from Mohr and Central had six different players score their 13 points as the Cats led at halftime 30-23.
Also, just before half, Scottsbluff senior point guard Jasiya DeOllos went down with what appeared to be a foot/lower leg injury and he had to be helped off the floor and was clearly hobbled heading to the locker room at the break.
There really wasn’t any doubt that DeOllos would try and give it a go in the second half.
The third quarter belonged to Central.
The Indians outscored Scottsbluff 24-9 in the stanza. Central drilled three treys and the big man, Lovering, scored 7 points including 5-5 at the foul line. And Nathaniel Talich, Central’s leading scorer, who was held to two points in the first half, got going with 7 more.
The fourth quarter was where the fun was just beginning.
Lovering fouled out at around the midway point of the quarter and Scottsbluff got some nice scoring from Chance Parker and Sam Clarkson. The big man duo combined to score 9 down the stretch.
But it was DeOllos who would have the final say in how this thing ended. Head Coach Scott Gullion did a nice job of managing his usage; he was still hobbled and coach tried to keep him on the floor for offense and then get him off when he could on defense.
After a Central free throw made it 56-54, DeOllos was fouled on a driving shot attempt near the rim. After missing the first three throw Scottsbluff took a timeout, and then DeOllos intentionally missed the second but the ball never touched the rim, giving possession back to Central.
Central ball, up by two points with under five seconds to play. They go for the home run pass on the inbound. Chance Parker, playing center field, intercepted the pass just past half court and quickly flipped it to Sabastian Harsh, who found DeOllos.
DeOllos did the rest with a quick pull up jumper inside the foul line that tied the game as the buzzer sounded, 56-56.
Off to overtime. For the first three minutes of the session it was like that car accident you can’t take your eyes off of. The basketball was ugly; turnover after turnover from both teams with very few shot attempts, and all around ragged play.
Eventually it’s Central forging out to a three point lead, 61-58. Scottsbluff with the ball in the final 10 seconds; a missed three, a scramble for the ball and it’s Central coming out with possession.
Central lobbed the ball ahead with about 8 seconds left in the game and they miss a wide open layup that would have ended the game right then and there.
Scottsbluff able to rebound and rush it up to get it to DeOllos on the left wing and DeOllos was able to get a clean look at the rim and he drilled a three for his second game tying shot at the buzzer in the game.
61-61 and off to the second overtime.
The Cats took control in the session thanks to a big time Mohr three pointer. Despite hitting six foul shots in the second overtime, the Cats were almost left lamenting a few misses late at the line as Central missed a three that would have tied the game and forced a third overtime.
When the dust settled it was a 72-68 thriller that won’t soon be forgotten.
Mohr connected on five threes in the game and led Scottsbluff in scoring with 22 points.
DeOllos played the role of hero twice with the clutch shots at two different buzzers and finished with 18 points while playing injured.
The big man combo of Clarkson and Parker combined for 23 points (13 and 10, respectively). Coach Gullion praised the toughness of those two plus Sabastian Harsh, playing relentlessly all game long defensively and on the glass.
Scottsbluff improved to 13-2 on the season and they’ll play next Friday on the road at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver. It’s a rematch of an epic game won by Lincoln last year at SHS.
Scottsbluff girls lose thriller in early game
On Friday night at Cheyenne East the Scottsbluff girls played perhaps their best game in Dave Bollish’s tenure, falling in overtime to the No. 1 ranked in 4-A Wyoming, 75-66. Scottsbluff hit a school record 14 three pointers in the loss.
This time around they were welcoming in the No. 2 team 4-A Wyoming.
After a late night arrive around midnight the Lady Bearcats had a quick turnaround playing in the 3:30 in the afternoon game and the offense, for either team, was not great in the early going. Scottsbluff led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter stayed low scoring but Scottsbluff got a pair of Aubry Krentz three pointers and they took a 17-12 lead into the halftime break.
Krentz hit another three in the third and freshman Payton Burda hit her second of the game. Both were needed as Central started to get their offense going with senior Ellie Fearneyhough and sophomore Jordan Jones combining for 12 points in the quarter.
Central led 28-27 heading to the fourth quarter.
It was a back and forth quarter with the two teams combining for 38 points. They saved the best action for when it mattered most.
Seniors Yara Garcia and Krentz scored a combined 11 points for Scottsbluff while Jones continued to get hers, she had 8 points down the stretch.
After Garcia fouled out with under a minute to play it would be Central leading 47-46 with Scottsbluff with the ball.
They had a few looks but couldn’t get anything to drop and the final on the board ended 47-46 as the Lady Cats dropped their second straight heart breaker, this one at home.
Scottsbluff is now 9-7 against one of the more difficult schedules any team in Class B has played.
Krentz led with 13 points and Garcia finished with 12. Burda came off the bench and hit double figures with 10.
The Scottsbluff girls are off until next Saturday when they play the front of a girls and boys doubleheader at home against Gering.