Rams edge Pioneers, advance to 1-A WestFeb 21, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Wade Beavers and Warren Johnson each scored 17 points in a 58-52 victory against Ten Sleep.
The Dubois Rams advanced to the Class 1-A West regional tournament at Lander for the first time in three seasons after a challenging win over the Ten Sleep Pioneers, 58-52, late Monday afternoon in Shoshoni.
Dubois played well Friday but dropped a 78-58 contest at Meeteetse, then ran away from fledgling Arapahoe Charter, 72-47, in a game played at Fort Washakie.
The win lifts the Rams to a three-game sweep over the Pioneers and sends them to a 7 p.m. game against Southwest champion Snake River at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in Lander to start their regional tournament schedule.
It's difficult to beat a team three times, and Dubois discovered that in spades. The Pioneers gave the Rams everything they wanted for four full periods.
In the final minutes, Ten Sleep lost starters Adam Thurston, Brayden Fettig and Zane Taylor and finished the game with just four players on the floor.
Dubois trailed 52-48 when Fettig fouled out. In spite of hockey power-play-style advantage on the floor, the Rams didn't jump into the lead.
Ten Sleep fouled Dubois repeatedly, and the Rams missed a dozen free throws in the final three minutes of the game before they finally began to hit from the charity stripe.
Wade Beavers hit a pair of free throws with 1:20 left in the game to knot the score at 52-52.
That was short-lived, as Brody Tharp scored his only points of the game on a follow shot 10 second later.
Dubois scratched its way to at least two more post-season games on a Warren Johnson follow shot and two more charities by Beavers.
Beavers and Johnson paced the Rams with 17 points, while Sean Mock played an excellent floor game, passing the ball with precision and rebounding well defensively.
The Pioneers were paced by 6-foot-4 freshman Taylor with 12 points.
Dubois 12 16 11 19 - 58
Ten Sleep 14 12 15 11 - 52
Dubois - Mason Slider 0-2 0, Brock Baker 1 0-0 2, Sean Mock 1 (2) 1-2 9, Wade Beavers 3 (2) 5-7 17, Kyle Eulberg 3 2-4 8, Matt Codavilla 2 1-4 5, Warren Johnson 7 3-9 17. Totals 17 (4) 12-30 58
Ten Sleep - Rice 3 (2) 1-2 13, Crawford 2 2-7 6, Fox 1 0-2 2, Tharp 1 0-0 2, Fettig 7 (1) 0-1 17, Taylor 6 0-0 12. Totals 20 (3) 3-12 52