GERING — The Hemingford High boys basketball team ended their season at the C2-12 subdistrict tournament at Gering High School Tuesday. Coming in the No. 2 seed, the Bobcats were outscored by No. 3 seed Bayard, 63-55.
Earlier Tuesday, No. 1 Bridgeport bested No. 4 Kimball, 57-46. Bridgeport edged Bayard in Thursday’s title game, 56-52.
Hemingford senior Miles Davis led his team with 22 points from the floor and five points from the line. Sophomore Aaron Farritor was also in double figures with 13 points scored on field goals while 1 of 2 from the line.
Defending the Tigers proved a challenge with four of their players shooting above 50 percent from the field. J. Whitebear also had 22 points, at 53 percent compared to 42 percent for Davis. Bayard’s other two players in double figures were more efficient. Bryce Burry scored 18 (80 percent) and P. Oliverius added 15 (78 percent).
Hemingford won the battle from the charity stripe in points 10 to Bayard’s 7, though could have won the game by sinking a few more. The Bobcats were 10 of 32, or 31 percent.
Bayard did all their damage around the key and in the paint as none of their eight three-point shots landed. Hemingford shot beyond the arc often and hit five.
Both teams committed 17 personal fouls. While the Bobcats snagged more boards (38 to 24) Hemingford was on the short end in possessions with 12 steals compared to 24 turnovers.
The last game of the regular season also came against Tigers, this time from Mitchell, on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Hemingford finished strong, outscoring Mitchell 16-8 in the final frame. Mitch had built a strong lead the rest of the game and was still able to repel the comeback, winning 55-49. Hemingford experienced their worst quarter to open the game, behind 18-8 heading into the second. Though the Bobcats nearly kept pace in the second quarter, edged 16-15, an eight-point deficit widened in the third. Mitchell had the advantage 16-10 and a cushion to close out the game.
Davis and Farritor led Hemingford with 14 and 16 points, respectively. Farritor was perfect from the line (2 of 2), Kenny Wyland was 2 of 3 and Davis sank the other two as the Bobcats were 6 or 13.