Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:42 am
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Stars trip up Buffaloes on OT

GIBBON — Nothing is ever easy in the Lou-Platte Conference.

Gibbon got a good dose of that in a 62-60 overtime loss to Kearney Catholic Tuesday at Gibbon High School.

The Stars (8-9) entered the game with a three-game losing streak and it didn’t look good for them much of the game, but Matt Moore hit a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 53.

"Matt hadn’t been shooting the ball for us, especially from out beyond the arc," Kearney Catholic coach Scott Carlin said. "He didn’t even get close to the line. He was three or four feet behind the line. It’s nice to see him be aggressive like that."

Gibbon’s Gareth Stroh had a scoop shot at the buzzer that could have won the game but it didn’t fall.

Kearney Catholic’s Cam Moore then scored the first five points of overtime to give the Stars a 58-53 lead. Blake Holtmeier hit two free throws with 10.6 seconds left to help put the game away.

Carlin said the Stars really needed that win after suffering through a number of close losses.

"The guys played well tonight after about the first quarter and a half," Carlin said. "We kind of came out a little flat, then we said we’re going to play our best basketball and lay it on the line and that’s what we did."

Gibbon coach Paul Reinertson said it was a game the Buffaloes let get away in the second half. Gibbon held a 32-22 lead at the break.

"It’s an awfully disappointing loss for us," Reinertson said. "We were up 10 or 11 points and to lose on our home court to a young team is a really disappointing loss for us. We at times took a few ill-advised shots and we turned the ball over way more than I expected.

"Give Kearney Catholic credit. They converted some of those turnovers into points. They hung in there."

The stars turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter. Reinertson said they didn’t do anything new, but the Buffaloes didn’t handle the press very well.

"They have a couple different presses that they run which we’ve seen over the years," he said. "It’s just a matter of meeting your passes, make sure you get a little zip on it and make sure the spacing is correct. I’d say in all three of those accounts we didn’t do it. They’re quick enough and athletic enough to make you pay if you don’t do those things and they did."

The big change for the Stars was they put Brady Holtmeier on Rylee Reinertson. The senior led all scorers with 24 points, but had just eight points in the second half.

"I think what probably helped was Brady Holtmeier stepped up to the challenge to guard Rylee Reinertson, so we could move his older brother Blake off of him," Carlin said. "I think Blake probably had four or five steals just picking stuff off."

Gibbon had just four turnovers in the third quarter, but it seemed like more because the Stars turned just about everyone of those into points on the other end.

Blake Holtemeier scored 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter.

"Hat’s off to Gibbon. They’re a heck of a ball club," Carlin said. "That’s a nice win for us. Anytime you can come out top in an overtime game on the road you know it’s a team effort."

Senior Jared Dorzynski was also in double figures for Gibbon with 14 points while senior Ryan Milks had 11.

Rylee Reinertson struggled shooting in the second half. He made just 1-of-11 3-point attempts for the game and was 0-for-5 in the second half.

"Rylee missed a few shots that I’d say normally he probably makes," Paul Reinertson said. "I know our guys tried hard. I think we could have had a little bit more of a killer instinct.

"I don’t know if they thought we’re playing at home, we can just show up. Not in the Lou-Platte. In the Lou-Platte. Everybody played everybody so many times that you have to put a team away. Otherwise they’re going to come back and get you."


Kearney Catholic 62, Gibbon 60

KEARNEY CATHOLIC (8-9)

M. Moore 4-7 2-1 11, Bl. Holtmeier 7-8 7-8 21, D. Jackson 2-5 0-0 5, Z. Jackson 0-4 0-0 9, Br. Holtmeier 4-10 0-0 9, James 1-3 0-0 2, Howe 1-1 0-0 3, Mestl 1-7 0-0 2, Masker 0-0 0-0 0, Pearse 1-3 0-0 2, C. Moore 3-5 1-2 7. Totals 24-53 10-12 62.

GIBBON (10-5)

Milks 4-5 1-3 12, Reinertson 10-27 1-2 24, Stroh 4-20 0-0 8, Kenton 1-2 0-0 2, Dorzynski 6-8 1-4 14, Rivera 0-0 0-0 0, Hynes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 5-9 60.

Kearney Catholic 11 11 17 14 9—62
Gibbon 21 11 12 9 7—60

3-point goals — Kearney Catholic 4-17 (Howe 1-1, M. Moore 1-2, D. Jackson 1-2, Br. Holtmeier 1-3, James 0-1, Z. Jackson 0-2, Pearse 0-2, T. Mestl 0-4). Gibbon 3-15 (Milks 1-1, Dorzynski 1-2, Reinertson 1-11, Stroh 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Kearney Catholic 37 (Bl. Holtmeier 10). Gibbon 23 (Reinertson 11). Turnovers — Kearney Catholic 16, Gibbon 12. Total fouls — Kearney Catholic 13, Gibbon 9. Technicals — None.

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