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Cougars hold off Chiefs in battle, 68-62

Feb 19, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Wind River and Wyoming Indian fought through an intense contest, which was the third between the squads this season.

Three times during the regular season, the Wind River Cougars and Wyoming Indian Chiefs have met on the hardwood and each time the rivalry just gets better and better.

The Chiefs visited Pavillion on Friday for the final regular-season game between the pair of Class 2-A powerhouse programs and the Cougars held off a spirited challenge by the Chiefs, 68-62, to remain unbeaten in Class 2-A Southwest conference play.

The win sends Wind River to a Thursday game at Riverton High School against Shoshoni at 4 p.m., while the Chiefs face Greybull at Central Wyoming College at 12:30 p.m.

Wind River's style is to blitz from the opening tip and the Cougars did just that in racing to a 12-2 run behind stellar post play from 6-foot-4 senior Taylor Tidzump, along with drives by Jarrick Trumble and a high-arching 3-pointer from Daylon Shoyo.

Most teams would have wilted away facing a double- digit deficit just a minute into a contest, but the Chiefs have tremendous poise and weren't stymied.

Lane Hill hit a trey, Derrick Green scored on a follow shot and Buell Robinson hit a pair of acrobatic floating jump shots and the Chiefs were back in the game by the first buzzer trailing, 18-11.

In a rivalry as intense as the Cougars and Chiefs has become, there is always physical contact and game officials whistled the two squads for eight player control or illegal-pick fouls when defenders refused to concede their position and offensive players attacked them, anyway.

The Chiefs closed to 20-16 on a Hill free throw, but the Cougars rallied on an 8-2 run to build their second double-digit lead of the game.

Once again, Wyoming Indian answered, this time from beyond the arc with Latrell Ferris, Robinson and Jerry McGill all hitting 3-pointers.

At 5-foot-8 Robinson played more like 6-foot-8 in the opening half, snagging 13 defensive rebounds and blocking out the taller Cougars to limit second and third-shot opportunities.

A final player-control foul by Tidzump negated a buzzer-beating shot and sent the teams to intermission with the Cougars leading, 31-27.

The third period featured some of the best basketball played by the Chiefs this season and they tied the score at 37-37 on perhaps the most spectacular play of the game.

Natuin Trosper got a defensive rebound, took two dribbles and launched a full-court bounce pass between two Cougars that hit Hill in stride.Hill scored on the play, was fouled and his following free throw gave Wyoming Indian their first lead of the night at 38-37.

A Robinson trey lifted the Chiefs to 41-37 and prompted Wind River head coach Justin Walker to call a timeout.

The Cougars went to their premier forward, Jayin Trumble, on the next two possessions with the 6-foot-4 junior hitting a reverse layup and a soft jumper to knot the game at 41-41.

Wyoming Indian had trouble stopping the Cougars in the paint as they had in the previous two meetings. Green was granted a hardship by the WHSAA last week and the 6-foot-3 post made a difference inside, but he quickly picked up four fouls trying to guard Tidzump.

Wind River junior Dalton Finley entered the game and made an immediate impact, hitting a trey, but Ryan Tiger answered and the Chiefs led by two with eight minutes to play.

Wyoming Indian built a five-point lead, but four straight turnovers ended their chances to pull away and the Cougars rallied on the play of Finley and Tidzump, who tied the game at 51-51, with a second trey by Finley moments later bumping the lead to five.

A Daylon Shoyo 3-pointer with 3:01 remaining lifted the margin to six at 61-55 and the Cougars began to run out the clock.

Robinson snagged an errant pass and raced coast-to- coast to cut the score to 64-62, but that was it for the Chiefs.

Jayin Trumble stole a pass and the Cougars ran out the final 29 seconds of the game.

Tidzump led all scorers with 21 points. while Shoyo had a dozen along with Finley.

Jarrick Trumble tallied 11 points and Jayin Trumble 10 in a solid team effort by the Cougars.

Robinson led the Chiefs with 16 points, Hill had 13 and Ferris 11.

Wind River18 13 13 24 - 68

Wyoming Indian 11 16 19 16 - 62

Wind River - Daylon Shoyo 1 (2) 4-4 12, Jayin Trumble 4 2-3 10, Dalton Finley 1 (2) 4-6 12, Xavior Oats 1 0-0 2, Ben Hoopengarner 1 0-0 2, Taylor Tidzump 7 7-12 21, Jarrick Trumble 3 5-7 11. Totals 17 (4) 22 68

Wyoming Indian - Jerry McGill (1) 0-0 3, Lane Hill 2 (2) 3-5 13, Natuin Trosper 1 0-0 2, Buell Robinson 5 (2) 0-0 16, Ryan Tiger 3 (1) 0-0 9, Bradford Brown (2) 0-0 6, Latrell Ferris 3 (1) 2-3 11, Derrick Green 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 (9) 5-8 62

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