After an 85-49 rout suffered at the hands of the Scottsbluff Bearcats on Friday night, the Chadron boys’ basketball team won a thriller against the Gering Bulldogs back at home on Saturday.

Chadron’s Joe Matt hit a three pointer with about a minute to go in the game to put the Cards ahead of Gering. Later, Chadron’s Cooper Heusman snuck up on unsuspecting Bulldog Jake Rocheleau, stole the ball, and ran out the remaining four-seconds on the clock to seal the 58-55 win.

Matt was the Cardinals late-game hero, scoring all ten of his points in a fourth-quarter where no other Chadron player scored. Of his 10 points, half came from the free-throw line, and the other half from one two-point field goal and one trey.

Three other Chadron players joined Matt in scoring double-digits. Coy Bila had 15, Colton Olson had 12, and Brayden Richardson had 10. The team sank 10 of 12 shooting from the free-throw line.

Chadron was outscored 16-5 in the first quarter but pulled within three by the end of the first half. The Cardinals would go on to outscore the Bulldogs in both the third and fourth quarters.

Against Scottsbluff the night before, things didn’t go as well for the Cardinals. The Bearcats dominated the game scoring at least 20 points in every quarter but fourth when they scored 17.

The Bearcats hit an outstanding 15 treys total, eight coming from Bearcat senior Noah Bruner. Bruner sank four of the three-pointers in the third-quarter and led all scoring with 26 points. Scottsbluff junior Connor McCracken was next in line with 22 points, three from behind the arc.

Olson and Huesman led the Cardinals in scoring with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Scottsbluff 85, Chadron 49

Chadron—Colton Olson 12, Cooper Huesman 11, Coy Bila 7, Joe Matt 7, Pat Rust 3, Brayden Richardson 2, Logan Tiensvold 2, Dan Dunbar 2, Clayton Vahrenkamp 2, Jeff Cerny 1. Totals: 17 (8) 7-9 49 points.

Scottsbluff—Noah Bruner 26, Connor McCracken 22, Jasiya DeOllos, 15, David Biderus 7, Harold Baez 5, Mason Ramig 3, Sabastian Harsh 3, Quentin Scott 2, Clarkson 2. Totals: 31 (15) 8-12 85 points.

Chadron 14 2 10 18 ----49

Scottsbluff 23 21 21 17 -----85

3-pointers: Chad—Olson 3, Huesman 3, Bila 1, Matt 1. SB—Bruner 8, McCracken 3, DeOllos 2, Baez 1, Harsh 1.

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Chadron 58, Gering 55

Gering—Jake Rocheleau 24, Tyler Pzanka 16, Xavier Hoist 5, Bryce Sherrell 5, Mammy Campos 3, Riley Shilz 2. Totals; 19 (7) 10-18 55 points.

Chadron—Coy Bila 15, Colton Olson 12, Brayden Richardson 10, Joe Matt 10, Logan Tiensvold 4, Jeff Cerny 4, Cooper Huesman 3. Totals: 20 (6) 12-17 58 points.

Gering 16 14 15 10 ----55

Chadron 5 22 16 15 ----58

3-pointers: Ger—Rocheleau 5, Campos 1, Pzanka 1. Chad—Richardson 2, Olson, Bila, Matt, Huesman, all 1.

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