Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 3:28 pm
Gibbon wins '70s-style shootout

AMHERST — Gibbon scored the last six points Thursday night to fend off a late rally by Amherst and hold on for a 75-67 victory.

The Buffaloes (9-4) led by 11 in the final minute of the third quarter, but three free throws by Amherst freshman Trevor Adelung cut the lead to two with 2:29 to play. However, the Buffaloes’ Rylee Reinertson, who finished with 27 points, hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key 24 seconds later and he added two free throws before the end of the game. Ryan Milks’ free throw at the 25-second mark completed the scoring.

“That was a shootout tonight; last man standing, so to speak,” Gibbon coach Paul Reinertson said. “We’re happy to get a win. Amherst has a really nice team with really good athletes and we’re happy to get a win here on their home court.”

Gibbon took the lead for good midway through the second quarter on a basket by Gareth Stroh. But the lead never seemed safe as both teams flexed their offensive muscles.

Amherst (10-4) pounded away with its outside shooting, hitting 6 of 9 3-pointers in the first quarter. The Broncos slowed down, making 2 of 4 in the second quarter, and they trailed 47-40 at halftime.

The Broncos cooled off in the second half, making just 4 of 13 treys, but the fight didn’t go away.

“Of course you hope you hit that shot and stay hot the whole game,” Amherst coach Bill Giffin said. “Usually that doesn’t happen. You get a little tired and that shot comes up short, but I never doubted the kids would complete all four quarters.”

Dominic Abbott, who matched Rylee Reinertson’s 27 points, was 5 of 5 in the first quarter with two 3-pointers. Breyden Eckhout, who finished with 17 points, hit four 3-pointers in the first half.

Gibbon countered with some outside shooting, but mostly with second shots thanks to strong rebounding. The Buffaloes grabbed 33 rebounds, including 17 on the offensive end. Amherst collected 18 total rebounds.

“We tell our guys to attack the glass. We’re not the biggest team around, but we feel we have some athletes that can go and get the ball,” Paul Reinertson said. “I thought Jared (Dorszynski) and Gareth (Stroh), in particular, got on the glass and got us some second-chance opportunities and we converted some of those. Those were huge because at the start of the game they were making a lot of shots. We just needed to keep pace.”

Stroh finished with 25 points and nine rebounds, including five offensive rebounds. Dorszynski added 12 points and six rebounds. Ryan Milks and Rylee Reinertson had six rebounds each.

“Gareth has really been playing some good basketball. Since Christmas time he’s scoring a little more for us. ... Tonight he made some nice cuts to the basket and we found him on some cuts and he finished around the rim,” Paul Reinertson said.

The second shots helped Gibbon keep pace through a torrid first quarter that saw Amherst on top 24-21 at the end. A 3-pointer by Eckhout put Amherst ahead 29-28, but while the Broncos cooled off, Gibbon went on a run as Rylee Reinertson had three 3-pointers in the second quarter.

“Since I’ve come here my whole, big, podium deal on my soapbox has been defense and rebounding. ... I think we’ve improved, but we still have a ways to go,” Giffin said.

While he said there were times “we made it too easy for them,” Giffin recognized that the game was an offensive showcase. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor and committed a below-average number of turnovers while playing a fairly fast-paced game..

“This was throw-back basketball. It wasn’t all the physical, get down in the paint and beat each other to death. This was how basketball was played in the ’70s,” Paul Reinertson said. “You get two good teams that can shoot the ball and they get a little rhythm going, sometimes you can play pretty good defense and they just bury a shot.”

Amherst, especially Abbott, got hot in the fourth quarter while fighting back. The Broncos did it without 6-foot junior Cale Preble, who was injured midway through the third quarter. Giffin said he is the Broncos top defensive player.

His spot fell to Adelung, a freshman, who scored eight points.

“We hit some shots and we got some defensive stops, which were tough to do in that first half,” Giffin said. “Being down 11 and not giving up, that’s the big thing. ... They kept competing and like all the coaches told them in the locker room, it was the little things like not getting the board and giving up two or three shots, they bleed you dry after awhile. You can shoot really good, but it’s hard to make shooting make up for that.”

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GIBBON....................................21 26 16 12 — 75
AMHERST.................................24 16 14 13 — 67

GIBBON (9-4): Ryan Milks 3-7 1-3 8, Rylee Reinertson 10-22 2-2 27, Gareth Stroh 12-17 0-0 25, Dakota Kenton 1-1 0-0 2, Jared Dorszynski 4-8 4-4 12, TJ Rivera 0-1 1-2 1. Total 30-56 8-11 75.

AMHERST (10-4): Dominic Abbott 10-14 3-3 27, Trey Taubenheim 4-7 0-0 9, Breyden Eckhout 8-14 2-2 17, Cale Preble 0-2 0-0 0, Ty Hadwiger 3-6 0-0 6, Trevor Adelung 2-4 3-3 8. Total 24-47 8-8 67.

3-point goals — Gibbon 7-18 (Reinertson 5-14, Milks 1-2, Stroh 1-1, Rivera 0-1), Amherst 11-26 (Eckhout 5-12, Abbott 4-6, Adelung 1-3, Taubenheim 1-3, Preble 0-2). Rebounds — Gibbon 33 (Stroh 9), Amherst 18 (Eckhout 5). Total fouls — Gibbon 8, Amherst 14. Fouled out — Taubenheim. Assists — Gibbon 13 (Reinertson 5), Amherst 12 (Taubenheim 6). Turnovers — Gibbon 10, Amherst 12. Steals — Gibbon 5 (Reinertson 3), Amherst 7 (Abbott 3, Taubenheim 3).

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