McCook boys draw Sidney in first round of B-6 Districts

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Three late-season losses didn't help the McCook Bison, but those setbacks weren't overly detrimental for the Bison's post-season hopes.

Pairings for Class B boys district tournaments were released Tuesday, Feb. 19, by the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA). McCook is the second seed in the B-6 District Tournament that starts Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Cougar Palace on the Western Nebraska Community College campus in Scottsbluff.

McCook will face third-seed Sidney in B-6 semifinal action Monday, Feb. 25, at 8:30 p.m. Central Time.

The Bison take a 17-6 record into the district tournament. McCook snapped a three-game losing streak with last Saturday's 68-50 victory over Cozad in the regular-season finale at the Senior High gym.

After suffering two consecutive tough losses in the East-West Shootout Feb. 8-9, the Bison lost again Friday, Feb. 15, with a 62-53 decision at Grand Island Northwest. McCook dropped a 60-57, double-overtime loss to Scottsbluff Feb. 8, followed by a 64-57 loss to Gering Feb. 9.

Scottsbluff (18-5) earned the top seed in the B-6 District.

THE B-6 DISTRICT tournament opens Feb. 23 with fourth-seed Gering (13-9) facing fifth-seed Alliance (8-13) in first-round action at 7 p.m. Central Time.

The Gering-Alliance winner advances to face Scottsbluff Monday at 7 p.m. CST in the opening semifinal, followed by McCook and Sidney.

Semifinal winners meet Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. CST for the B-6 title and the berth in the Class B state tournament in Lincoln March 7-9.

McCook currently sits in a tie for fifth with 16-7 Waverly in the NSAA Class B state power point standings. both teams have an average of 43.2174 entering district play.

Elkhorn South (18-4) leads the standings at 44.3182, with Scottsbluff second at 43.8261. Ralston (17-5) is third at 43.6364, and Northwest (19-5) is fourth, just ahead of McCook and Waverly at 43.4167.

Power point averages are used to determine district seedings plus the two wild card state tournament entries at state.

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