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Longhorns take down Gothenburg in overtime PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

Last week proved to be a big week for the Longhorn boys.
They started with a takedown of state-ranked and defending state champion Southern Valley on Tuesday. They cruised to a win over Perkins County on Thursday.
On Friday, they capped off a three-game run with an overtime win over Gothenburg.
In the opener of this week’s SPVA tournament Tuesday night, the Longhorns took care of Hershey. That sets up a match-up of state-ranked Kimball in the semi-finals Friday night.
That’s the kind of roll Coach Carl Zuege wanted for his team as they vie for a conference championship.
One element that Zuege’s still waiting for is a scoring breakout by his team.
Undoubtedly, defense has carried the Longhorns this season. “We’re winning with defense and just waiting for the scoring to show up,” Zuege said this week.
He said that’s a lot better than having the scoring and waiting for the defense to show up.
“We need to start scoring,” he said. “We can’t expect teams to keep missing free throws for us.”
Gothenburg missed nine free throws in the fourth quarter and overtime Friday night while the Longhorns went 8-11 to seal the win, 51-47.
The Longhorns defeated Gothenburg while shooting just 30 percent from the field for the game. They offset at the line, going 12-18.
Zuege credited his team, and especially Justus Wallin, for the job they did against Gothenburg’s 6-9 Tanner Borchardt. They limited him to 14 points.
They will face another big man Friday in Kimball’s Michael Daum. He scored 37 against Bridgeport Friday night and  41 Saturday against Gordon-Rushville.
Zuege believes his team is up to the challenge of knocking off Kimball for a shot at the conference title Saturday night.
Three wins last week
After knocking off Southern Valley Tuesday, the Longhorns had little trouble Thursday with a Perkins County team that’s had their own scoring issues.
The Longhorns led 22-5 after the first quarter and held the Plainsmen to just one in the second quarter for a 32-6 lead at half.
The Longhorns doubled the score in the second half, wining 54-27. All 14 players on the varsity roster saw action with Travis Luhrs leading the scoring with 11.
Another big win came Friday when the Longhorns outlasted the Gothenburg Swedes in overtime.
The lead went back and forth all night. At half, Gothenburg lead by one, 22-21, and held that one-point margin going into the fourth.
The Swedes biggest lead came early in the fourth on a trey ball for a 34-30 margin.
A pair of free throws by Jeff Dickey and bucket by Isaac Sorensen tied the game, 34-34. But Gothenburg answered with another 3-pointer midway in the fourth.
Despite a pair of baskets by Dickey and a pair of free throws from Kelton Fisher, the Longhorns couldn’t get the lead.
Trailing by two, 39-41, with 29 seconds left, the Longhorns were forced to foul.
Gothenburg missed both, allowing the Longhorns to get the ball back.
Headed to overtime
With 0:14 left, junior Ryan Moline found himself open at the top of the key and knocked down a trey to tie the game 42-42.
Gothenburg got a shot off but missed. The Longhorns got the rebound and pushed the ball down court.
Luhrs hit a trey just after the buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime.
With 2:40 left in OT, Gothenburg had the chance to go up four on a pair of free throws but could only make one.
Fisher drove down the lane for a lay-up to pull the Longhorns back within one, 44-45.
Gothenburg turned the ball over on their next two possessions and fouled Dickey.
He made both free throws for a 46-45 lead.
Gothenburg’s final two points came at the line, to give them a 47-46 lead with a minute left to play.
Dickey hit a 17-footer with 47 seconds left to give the ’Horns a 48-47 lead.
Gothenburg couldn’t get their next shot to fall and the Longhorns grabbed the rebound and headed downcourt.         Luhrs raced to the basket but couldn’t get the lay-up to fall. Fisher grabbed the rebound, forcing Gothenburg to foul.
He hit both for a 50-47 lead with 18 seconds left.
The Swedes got another shot off but missed, forcing them to foul again. This time, Dickey made one of two with nine seconds left to seal the win.
Dickey led the scoring with 14, followed by Luhrs with 12 and Fisher with 11.
Dickey also led the team in rebounds with 7, followed by Wallin with 5.
Friday’s SPVA semi-final against Kimball begins at 6:30 p.m. MT at the Mid-Plains gym in North Platte.
Imperial 54
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    4    0    3-4    1    11
Ryan Moline    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin German    3    1    0-2    2    9
Dan Sullivan    0    0    1-2    1    1
Jeff Dickey    2    1    2-2    0    9
Kelton Fisher    3    0    0-0    1    6    
Justus Wallin    2    0    0-0    0    4
Trey Milner    4    0    0-1    3    8
Isaac Sorensen    1    0    0-0    3    2
Calen Griffin    1    0    0-0    1    2
Darin Knobbe    1    0    0-0    0    2
Jared Sharp    0    0    0-0    1    0
Kevin Chavira    0    0    0-0    0    0
Destyn Milner    0    0    0-0    1    0
TOTALS    21    2    6-11    14    54
Perkins County 27
Tyler Thelander 2, Chase Miyamoto 2,  Matt Sestak 1, Tim Johnson 13, Derek Sis 5, Bryce Wilson 1, Miles Lagler 1, Zak Kurkowski 2.
PC totals: 2 pt. FG—7; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—4-10; Fouls—9; TP—27.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    22    10    20    2—54
Perkins County    5    1    10    11—27
Imperial 51
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    2    2    2-3    4    12
Ryan Moline    0    2    0-0    4    6
Kevin German    0    0    0-0    0    0
Dan Sullivan    0    0    0-0    3    0
Jeff Dickey    3    1    5-6    4    14
Kelton Fisher    4    0    3-4    4    11    
Justus Wallin    1    0    1-3    1    3
Trey Milner    1    0    1-2    1    3
Isaac Sorensen    1    0    0-0    3    2
TOTALS    12    5    12-18    24    51
Gothenburg 47
Dawson Graham 5, Patrick Messersmith 6, Collin Hahn 11, Blake Ristine 9, Adam Speck 2, Tanner Borchardt 14.
Gothenburg totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—5; FT/FTA—14-26; Fouls—18; TP—47.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    8    13    9    12    9—51
Gothenburg    8    14    9    11    5—47