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Eagle boys prevail vs. Cokeville

Feb 26, 2016 By Randy Tucker Staff Writer

St. Stephen's displayed a different phase of basketball in a 46-34 defensive win over third seeded Cokeville out of the Class 1-A Southwest.

The win sends the Eagle boys to a 4:10 p.m. Friday semifinal against Southwest champion Encampment at Bob Carey Memorial Gymnasium in Lander.

Cokeville presented a unique challenge to the Eagles in 6-foot-7 senior post Jordan Clements.

His presence changed the usual St. Stephen's post-oriented attack, as he blocked and altered Eagle shots and forced St. Stephen's to the perimeter.

St. Stephen's usually is outstanding from 3-point range but couldn't hit consistently in Lander's auxiliary gym, and the game stayed close until the final period.

Cokeville led by five after one quarter, but a pair of baseline drives and a trey by Miklo Oldman and mid-range jump shots by Cody Headley and Derrick Williams fueled a 17-point second period burst and a two-point lead at the half.

St. Stephen's 6-foot-3 post Jaron Arthur has tallied several games with 30 or more points, and he finally found the range around Clements for five baskets off quick plays in the post in the second half.

St. Stephen's had the chance to put the game away at the line but hit only six of 12 in the final period.

Oldman paced St. Stephen's with 18, while Arthur scored 10 and Williams nine.

Trenton King led Cokeville with 14, while Clements finished with 10.

ST. STEPHEN'S 7 17 8 14 - 46

COKEVILLE 12 10 5 7 - 34

St. Stephen's - Antonio Divers 1-2 1, Miklo Oldman 4 (2) 4-8 18, Brylee Shakespeare 1 0-0 2, Cody Headley 3 0-0 6, Derrick Williams 4 1-5 9, Jaron Arthur 5 0-0 10. Totals 17 (2) 6-15 46

Cokeville - Seth Toomer 1-3 1, Dallin Hatch (1) 0-0 3, Garrett Halstead 1 0-0 2, Sterling Murdock 2-3 2, Ryan Jackman 2-2 2, Trenton King 5 (1) 1-2 14, Jordan Clements 4 2-6 10. Totals 10 (2) 8-16 34

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