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Cougars win second title in three years

Mar 5, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Wind River defeated Wyoming Indian 77-59 in the Class 2-A boys basketball final.

In the storied history of Fremont County basketball, no teams from the county have ever faced each other in a state championship game until Saturday night.

Wyoming Indian and Wind River met for the fifth and final time this season with a state title on the line.

The Cougars rallied from an early deficit to dominate the Chiefs, 77-59, behind a devastating low-post attack in 6-foot-4 senior Taylor Tidzump, who finished the game with 27 points.

Tidzump used spin moves, power steps and the up- and-under to clear space and all the Chiefs were able to do to slow him was foul or double down.

When Wyoming Indian doubled in the low block, Jarick and Jayin Trumbull went to work, with Jarick driving in hard from the perimeter and Jayin floating around the rim within 12 feet of the basket.

Wyoming Indian's standout senior, Buell Robinson, did all he could to keep the Chiefs in contention with floating jump shots, drives to the basket and the off- balance twisting fade-away shots that became his trademark.Robinson also tallied 27 to tie Tidzump for game-high honors.

The game opened with anything but a sure thing for Wind River.

Latrell Ferris hit a 3-pointer, added a follow shot and free throw and the Chiefs led, 6-0.

Tidzump scored on a spin move, but Robinson hit his first shot and the Chiefs led 10-3 with 4:41 remaining in the first.

Robinson added a pair of short-range jumpers and Wind River fell behind 14-7, but Tidzump scored on a power step to the basket and Jarick Trumbull hit a 3-pointer with Tidzump scoring again on a putback and free throw and the Cougars held their first lead at 15-14.

Ferris scored on a quick step to the basket for Wyoming Indian's final lead of the game at 16-15.

Tidzump was unstoppable in the post and the Chiefs began to pick up fouls trying to slow him down. When they collapsed on him completely, Shoyo rose for a long 3-pointer.

Ferris and Ryan Tiger battled for a pair of baskets in the paint, but Dalton Finley entered the game and promptly hit a 3-pointer off the glass that was the catalyst for a 9-0 Wind River run.

The half ended with Wind River ahead by 10, at 34-24.

Robinson took the ball on nearly every possession in the third period, but the Cougars hit on all cylinders as a team.

The Trumbull brothers each scored and Xavior Oats scored on a pair of fly patterns for a 44-30 lead.

The Cougars built that margin to 56-36 on a Jarick Trumbull cut to the basket with 1:30 remaining in the third and the Chiefs' hopes for a state title faded with each tick of the clock.

Ferris hit a pair of up-and-under moves and Robinson continued to score, but Wyoming Indian was stymied by the Cougars' defense and with three minutes remaining, Wind River began to slow the pace of the game.

Tidzump's 27 points paced the Cougars, but the talented sophomore Jarick Trumbull scored 20 and the smooth play of the 6-foot-4 junior brother Jayin added 15.

Robinson's 27 points was the final total in a high- scoring career dating back to his freshman year for the Chiefs.

Ferris scored 19 points to round out the double-figure scoring.

The title was the second in Wind River school history and the third straight appearance in the championship game.

Wind River has played four times in school history for the state championship, beginning in 1975 and continuing in 2015, 16 and 17.

Wind River 15 19 25 18 - 77

Wyoming Indian 14 10 17 18 - 59

Wind River - Daylon Shoyo (1) 4-4 7, Jayin Trumbull 7 1-1 15, Dalton Finley (1) 0-0 3, Xavior Oats 2 0-0 4, Ryan Jordan 1-2 1, Taylor Tidzump 10 7-9 27, Jarick Trumbull 6 (2) 2-2 20. Totals 25 (4) 15-20 77

Wyoming Indian - Jerry McGill 1 0-0 2, Natiun Trosper 1 0-0 2, Jeffery Lock (1) 0-0 3, Buell Robinson 11 4-4 27, Ryan Tiger 2 0-0 4, Latrell Ferris 7 (1) 2-3 19, Derrick Green 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 (2) 7-8 59

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Wind River won its second Class 2-A basketball championship in three seasons Saturday with a 77-59 victory against Wyoming Indian in Casper on Saturday.   Photo by Randy Tucker

Wind River won its second Class 2-A basketball championship in three seasons Saturday with a 77-59 victory against Wyoming Indian in Casper on Saturday. Photo by Randy Tucker


Wind River won its second Class 2-A basketball championship in three seasons Saturday with a 77-59 victory against Wyoming Indian in Casper on Saturday.   Photo by Randy Tucker

Wind River won its second Class 2-A basketball championship in three seasons Saturday with a 77-59 victory against Wyoming Indian in Casper on Saturday. Photo by Randy Tucker

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