Scottsbluff boys remain undefeated, downing McCook in GNAC Tournament

Scottsbluff’s Jasiya DeOllos drives the lane during the Bearcats’ first round game against McCook in the GNAC Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 2 in Columbus. The Bearcats improved their record to 9-0 with their 69-44 win over the Bison.

COLUMBUS — Scottsbluff used a huge first quarter to run past McCook 69-44 in the first round of the GNAC Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 2

The Bearcats roared to a 25-6 lead after the first quarter. Scottsbluff never let off the gas as the Bearcats cruised to remain undefeated at 9-0 on the season.

Scottsbluff head coach Scott Gullion said his team played well in the win.

“We jumped out early to a really good fast start in the first quarter. We let them back in the game a little bit, but we were able to extend it when we needed to. We made some plays when we needed to. It was a good win overall,” he said.

Scottsbluff turned in a good, solid defensive effort holding McCook to 44 points.

“I think the first quarter, especially, we were pretty good defensively. We got to rebound the ball better. We gave them too many second chances, but I thought we defended pretty well,” Gullion said.

Gullion said it was a total team effort by his Bearcats.

“Sabastian Harsh came up big with 8 points and 8 rebounds,” he said. “Everybody that came in did something to help us win.”

Dawson Mohr led the Bearcats with 20 points, while Jasiya DeOllos put up 18 in the win. Chance Parker scored 13.

Scottsbluff advances to play North Platte in the second round of the GNAC Tournament.

“We have a size advantage,” Gullion said. “They’re disciplined. They’re coached well. They run a lot of different sets, so we will have to be prepared for that. I like the way we match up.”

The Scottsbluff-North Platte contest tips off at 2:45 p.m. MST in Columbus.

Scottsbluff — 69

McCook — 44

Scottsbluff

Sabastian Harsh 8, Jasiya DeOllos 18; Sam Clarkson, 4; Dawson Mohr 20, Chance Parker 13, Izaiah Mendoza 6.

Jeff Van Patten is the sports editor of the Star-Herald. Jeff can be reached by calling 308-632-9050 or emailing jeff.vanpatten@starherald.com.

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