Chiefs beat Cougars to win Class 2-A West

Feb 26, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Wyoming Indian and Wind River both won semifinal games to set up a showdown in the final.

It's hard to beat a team three times and even more difficult when the teams are nearly equal.

When you push the odds and try a fourth time, it's even more of a challenge.

Wyoming Indian avenged three regular season losses to Fremont County rival Wind River in an exciting 74-66 Class 2-A West regional championship game on Saturday afternoon at Riverton High School.

While the regional championship is important, state seeding for next week's championships in Casper is even more of a viable commodity.

Unbeaten Pine Bluffs dominates an otherwise weak eastern region and the Hornets beat both Wyoming Indian and Wind River in opening-season action three months ago.

In winning the west, Wyoming Indian secured the easiest path to the state championship game.

Wind River faces third-seeded Upton out of the east at noon on Thursday at Casper College, while Wyoming Indian takes on fourth-seeded Wright in the late game at 9 p.m. at Casper.

A win most likely advances Wind River to a semifinal game against the Pine Bluffs Hornets on Friday at the Events Center, while the Chiefs would most likely play Lovell again if the Bulldogs can beat Big Horn.

Saturday's title game looked like a fourth win for the Cougars in the early going.

Wind River jumped to an early 17-8 lead on a trey from Daylon Shoyo and the inside power of Jayin Trumbull, Taylor Tidzump and Jarrick Trumbull.

The Chiefs relied on the amazing play of senior Buell Robinson, who would eventually score 31 points in the game, but carried Wyoming Indian in the opening minutes.

The first ended on a Robinson floater with Wind River leading 22-12.

Lane Hill hit a three to open the second, but Tidzump quickly answered.

Wyoming Indian's first surge came on a spinning post move followed by a step-through by Latrell Ferris and the first of Ryan Tiger's four 3-pointers on the night.Tiger's bomb cut the margin to 26-24 and ended a 9-0 Wyoming Indian run.

A pair of free throws by Jayin Trumbull and a 3-pointer from his brother Jarick was answer by another Tiger trey as the two teams went toe-to-toe offensively on every possession.

Jayin scored on a step through and Jarick on another 3-pointer, but Ferris answered with a long-range shot of his own to close the game to 36-30.

A putback by Tidzump and a blistering assist from Xavior Oats to Jayin closed the half, 40-31, in Wind River's favor.

The Cougars held the nine-point advantage until Tidzump picked up his fourth foul with 4:36 left in the third.

An Oats 3-pointer held off the Chiefs for a while, but Tiger hit another triple and Robinson scored on an old-fashioned three- point play and the Chiefs were one basket away at 51-48 as the third drew to a close.

Robinson gave the Chiefs their first and final lead with a pair of free throws at the 6:01 mark of the final period. Robinson was perfect at the line on the night, hitting all 11 of his free-throw attempts.

He followed with a driving coast-to-coast layup and Tiger's final 3-pointer put the Chiefs on top by five.

Wyoming Indian kept their composure as the Cougars began a hectic pace and Jayin Trumbull's 3-pointer with 2:01 left was Wind River's last gasp at 62-59 in Wyoming Indian's favor.

Robinson's 31 points led the Chiefs, while Tiger scored 17 and Ferris 11.

Jayin Trumbull led the Cougars with 27 points, Tidzump tallied 15 and Jarrick Trumble 13.

Wyoming Indian 56, Lovell 53

This game was one of the reasons the West 2-A tournament was created two decades ago.

Wyoming Indian and Lovell have played some epic games since 1983 when the two schools first met and Friday's contest was just another notch on the memory stick of legend.

Big versus small, quick versus powerful and outside shooting versus post play were all in evidence as the two longtime rivals took the opening tip.

The Chiefs jumped to an early 14-6 lead on treys from Hill, Robinson and Ferris, but the Bulldogs answered on the inside play of 6-foot-6 Trace Murphey and a trey from Brandon Teter to close the gap to four by the first break.

Teter and Robinson exchange 3-pointers throughout the game, each tallying four.

A Brent Snyder three with 3:17 remaining in the half knotted the game for the first time at 27-27, but the Chiefs rolled on a 7-2 run behind baskets from Ferris and Robinson and another 3-pointer from Hill to lead by five at the half.

Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris slowed the tempo in the second half and Lovell chipped away at the lead, but never regained it.

Wyoming Indian held the Bulldogs at bay with judicious long-range shooting from Tiger, Ferris and Robinson to preserve the win.

Robinson's 19 points paced the Chiefs, while Ferris scored 13. Murphey led the Bulldogs with 16 points, Teters had 14 and Kaleb Mayes scored 10.

Wind River 60, Rocky Mountain 52

It was a game of surges, just like Wind River likes it in the late semifinal game on Friday night at Wolverine Gym.

The Cougars advanced to the state tournament via an entertaining 60-52 win over a hot-shooting Rocky Mountain team.

Rocky built a 4-1 lead on the inside play of Jonathan Allred before the Cougars erupted on a 13-0 run behind 3-pointers from Shoyo and Oats and a spectacular display of quickness and power by Tidzump in the low post.

Tidzump used the drop step, the step through and straight power moves behind his 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame to lead the Cougars with 20 points.

His flashing pink shoes in the low block were more than the Grizzlies could handle and when they began to foul, he hit four of five from the free-throw line.

But Rocky Mountain has offensive weapons, as well.

Sophomore Ethan Price is one of the best outside shooters you'll find anywhere and the 6-foot-1 guard hit five of the Grizzlies seven 3-point shots, including a trey and pull-up two that cut the score back to 19-15.

A three by Lathan May with 2:45 remaining in the half closed the gap to two, but the Cougars answered on an 8-0 run to end the half.

Tidzump scored again in the post, but the Cougars' catalyst came in 6-foot sophomore guard Jarick Trumbull.

Trumbull is an aggressive slash-and-drive player and in perhaps his best play of the season so far, he was an opening as the Cougars worked for the last shot and did his best Jimmy Chitwood of Hoosiers' fame in splitting two taller defenders and sliding in a layup as the buzzer sounded for a 30-20 Wind River lead.

Rocky Mountain forced the game open a bit in the second half, but that's also Wind River's style.

As they doubled down on Tidzump, Wind River's other power forward, Jayin Trumbull, began to hit short jumpers and the duo played give-and-go with each other to stymiethe Grizzlies' best defensive effort.

Wind River built their largest lead at 52-37, but Rocky rallied one last time, cutting the gap to 58-52 with 1:01 remaining after Tidzump fouled out, but it fell short and the Cougars advanced.

Tidzump's 20 points led all scorers, while Jarick Trumbull finished with a flashy 15.

Price led the Grizzlies with 19 points and May scored 13.

Lovell 13 16 10 14 - 53

Wyoming Indian 17 17 9 13 - 56

Lovell - Abraham 1 0-0 2, Snyder 2 (1) 0-0 7, Teter 1 (4) 14, Mayes 5 0-0 10, Wolvington 1 0-0 2, May 1 0-0 2, Murphey 7 2-6 16. Totals 18 (5) 2-7 53

Wyoming Indian - Lane Hill (2) 0-0 6, Natuin Trosper 1 (1) 0-0 5, Jeff Lock 2 0-0 4, Buell Robinson 2 (4) 3-7 19, Ryan Tiger (1) 2-2 5, Latrell Ferris 4 (1) 2-6 13, Derrick Green 1 0-1 2, Michael Underwood 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 (9) 7-16 56

Wind River - 22 18 11 15 - 66

Wyoming Indian 12 19 17 26 - 74

Wind River - Daylon Shoyo (2) 0-0 6, Jayin Trumbull 8 (3) 2-2 27, Xavior Oats (1) 2-2 5, Taylor Tidzump 5 5-5 15, Jarrick Trumbull 3 (2) 1-7 13. Totals 16 (8) 10-16 66

Wyoming Indian - Lane Hill (1) 2-4 5, Natuin Trosper 2-4 2, Jeff Lock 1-2 1, Buell Robinson 10 11-11 31, Latrell Ferris 4 (1) 0-1 11, Ryan Tiger 1 (4) 3-4 17, Derrick Green 2 (1) 0-0 7. Totals 17 (7) 19-26 74

Rocky Mountain 8 12 14 18 - 52

Wind River 14 16 11 19 - 60

Rocky Mountain - Price 2 (5) 0-0 19, Simmons 1 0-0 2, Jewell 2 2-4 6, May 5 (1) 0-1 13, Davison (1) 3-3 6, Allred 3 0-2 6, Totals 13 (7) 5-10 52

Wind River - Daylon Shoyo (2) 0-0 6, Jayin Trumbull 4 1-2 9, Dalton Finley 1 0-2 2, Xavior Oats 2 (1) 1-1 8, Taylor Tidzump 8 4-5 20, Jarick Trumbull 5 5-11 15. Totals 20 (3) 11-21 60

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