Cougars buck slow start, beat HuskiesFeb 3, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Wind River was led by Jayin Trumble's 27 points in a 73-58 home victory against Burlington.
Wind River's performance was nearly as dark as the Cougars' gymnasium on Thursday night, but the second- ranked team in Class 2-A had just enough energy to take care of Burlington, the best team in Class 1-A, 73-58.
Burlington gave Wind River a spirited game in spite of a decided height advantage by the Cougars.
The gym at Pavillion is commonly known as the Purple Palace, but there wasn't much palatial on the dimly-lit floor on Thursday evening.
The Cougars are known for hitting early and quick offensively and they did just that, with Jayin Trumble tipping the opening toss of the ball to Taylor Tidzump, who then hit a streaking Xavior Oats on a bounce pass for a layup and a lead just two seconds into the game.
Wind River never trailed in the contest, but aside from a brief spurt to open the second half, didn't play all that well, either.
"We stopped moving the ball and let them back in," said Wind River head coach Justin Walker.
Wind River built leads of nine points twice in the first period. Jayin and Jarrick Trumble attacked the basket on quick drives, and Ben Hoopengarner entered the game and quickly hit a trey and a close-range jump shot,but Wind River couldn't pull away.
A goaltending call on the Cougars at the buzzer cut the margin to seven points, at 22-15.
The Huskies closed to 33-29 with 53 seconds left in the half on a Matthew Rasmussen jump shot and what promised to be a blow out early turned into a contested game.
Walker had an intense halftime with his team, and the Cougars emerged with a much better attitude in the second half.
The first 60 seconds of play resembled their full-blown assault style of offense much more than any other time in the game.
Tidzump went hard to the basket twice on power moves, followed by a towering 3-pointer from Daylon Shoyo, and the Cougars were up by 13 in less than a minute.
"It's just a matter of us making plays for our style of basketball," said Walker.
The Cougars continued to roll behind the inside play of Jayin Trumble and drives from Jarrick Trumble and Oats.
The Huskies weren't able to match up with Wind River's 6-foot-4 posts Trumble and Tidzump and began to grapple the duo each time they took the ball in the paint.
They combined for 19 attempts from the free-throw line.
The Cougars' biggest lead of the night came at 71-55 on a smooth baseline drive by Jayin Trumble with a 180-degree twist for a soft shot off the glass.
Jayin Trumble finished with 27 points to lead all scorers, while Jarrick Trumble tallied 13, and Tidzump finished with 10.
Torey Wardell paced the Huskies with 15, while Dontae Garza and Matthew Rasmussen each scored 14.
The Cougars host rival Shoshoni on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in non-conference action.
Wind River 22 13 16 22 - 73
Burlington 15 14 11 18 - 58
Wind River - Daylon Shoyo 1 (2) 0-0 8, Jayin Trumble 10 7-10 27, Dalton Finley 1-3 1, Xavior Oats 2 1-2 5, Ben Hoopengarner 1 (1) 2-4 7, Taylor Tidzump 3 4-9 10, Jarrick Trumble 5 3-6 13. Totals 23 (3) 18-32 73
Burlington - Torey Wardell 3 (3) 0-0 15, Tanner Jones 1 0-0 2, Tallon Wiles 2 0-1 4, Dontae Garza 4 6-8 14, Matthew Rasmussen 7 0-0 14, Dallin Christiansen 3 3-5 9. Totals 20 (3) 9-14