Duster boys spin past Bison

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

HOLDREGE, Neb. -- A cold 11-point first half doomed the McCook boys as they lost by 11, 51-40, to old rival Holdrege Tuesday evening.

The Bison (4-8 record) made another super second-half comeback with senior Kyle Geisler and junior Hunter Potthoff both hitting plenty of third-quarter baskets.

Though he wasn't near Atlanta, Potthoff was hitting NBA-length threes.

Editor's note: of course, that is a silly reference to Atlanta, Neb., where the NBA's Atlanta Hawks do not reside. Just some information in case Colorado residents happen to read this recap.

Geisler attacked both inside and outside to help McCook close within five points twice.

Potthoff almost put more pressure on the Dusters when he drew a foul during one of his triples.

Yet the ensuing free throw refused to drop through, and McCook never got closer than 30-25.

Holdrege's Mark Butler promptly sparked a 5-0 Duster run to regain double-digit breathing room at 35-25.

When senior Tyler Buck buried another three, Holdrege led 38-25.

Tyler's the son of former long-time Holdrege head coach Jerry Buck.

Former University of Nebraska-Kearney Antelope guard Jon Karn's leading the Dusters now. Actually, he played for Kearney State College in the even better days of Loper basketball.

He saw his Dusters (6-5 record) continue putting in points to finish the home win.

Holdrege hit seven of eight free throws during the clinching fourth quarter.

Pothoff's game-high 19 points featured 15 after halftime.

Geisler added 15 points but only two other Bison hit shots. Senior Easton Gillen scored four points and soph Gabe Sehnert tallied two.

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