After struggling to find the range on shots Thursday, the Sidney boys’ basketball team got a shot of offensive confidence on Saturday and breezed to victory at home.
Sidney played at Nodaway Holt on Thurdsay in the first game for the Cowboys since Dec. 22. That might play into the team’s shooting struggles. In any case, the offense had some issues.
But those issues weren’t from an execution stand point. Coach Kent Larsen said he was happy with the way the offense was going in that Sidney was getting good shots. Many of the shots were point blank, but the ball didn’t go through the hoop.
Despite going 0-of-10 on three-point shots, the Sidney team was in the thick of the action all the way to finish Thursday.
A banked-in three point shot near the end of the first half by Nodaway Holt gave the home team a two-point lead. Another three point make by Nodaway Holt at the end of the third period was key as well.
Coach Larsen said the Cowboys kept hanging in there, but, in the end, just couldn’t do enough.
“We just couldn’t catch up,” said Larsen.
Nodaway Holt’s final margin of victory was seven at 59-52.
Undeterred by the result, the Cowboys bounced back with some great offense on Friday as Sidney won 80-28 against Heartland Christian.
Margin of victory aside, Coach Larsen said the big thing was just to get some confidence going offensively.
“The big thing is that we made some shots,” said Larsen. “I told them at half—it was like the weight of the world was taken off our back.”
Sergio Rodriguez, who didn’t make a shot from the field at Nodaway Holt, scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half. He finished 7-of-8 from the field and was 3-of-3 at the line. Braxton Lynn hit 3-of-5 from three-point range and had 13. Cameron Whitehead was 5-of-8 from the field and had 13. Brady Lorimor was 6-of-6 on two-point shots for 12 points.
Sidney will return to action this week for home games Friday against Corner Conference foe Essex and Saturday against a defending state champion from Nebraska in Lourdes Central Catholic.
The Cowboys were definative winners in the pre-Christmas game against Essex and are expecting a big test from the Lourdes team.
Regardless of the challenge, the team seems to be ready for it at this point.
Coach Larsen compared to the Cowboys’ offensive situation to one faced by the Nebraska Cornhusker men’s team after its loss to Gardner Webb. A lot of people were doubting the Huskers after the Gardner loss, but Nebraska was able to flip the script and get a winning streak going. Sidney is feeling that Husker momentum after scoring well Saturday.

Nodaway Holt 59, Sidney Boys 52
Leading scorers for the Cowboys in the loss were Cameron Whitehead, 14; Zach Benedict, 10; Chase Reed, eight; Sergio Rodriguez, six; Braxtyn Lynn, six; Brady Lorimor, four; Noah Jorgenson, two; and Bryson Duncan, two.

Sidney Boys 80,
Heartland Christian 28
Leading scorers for Sidney in the win were Sergio Rodriguez, 17; Cameron Whitehead, 13; Braxton Lynn, 13; Brady Lorimor, 12; Zach Benedict, nine; Chase Reed, five; Devon Graham, four; Bryson Duncan, three; Brock Shirley, two; and Cody Dupre, two.