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Wrangler boys go 2-1 to start basketball year
Hunter Bregar scored 10 points Tuesday night for the Lander Valley High School Tigers against Green River at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Wrangler boys go 2-1 to start basketball year at Thermop tournament

Dec 11, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

New Shoshoni Wranglers boys basketball coach Brady Slack felt his players put in a productive opening weekend on the court, going 2-1 at the Thermopolis Invitational.

The Wranglers won their season opener 67-57 vs. Tongue River on Friday night. Shoshoni cruised past the St. Stephen's Eagles 73-47 on the second day.

Thermopolis defeated Shoshoni 53-39 in the final game of the tournament.

"I thought that it was a good opening weekend," Slack said. "It's always nice to get a win while you are putting stuff in. I thought that the kids really came together as a team. They did a good job of being disciplined and showing some passion out there to win a game."

Good win

"Tongue River switched defenses on us often," Slack said. "Tongue River played both man-to-man and a one-three-one zone with some athletic kids. It was good in the fact that our kids were able to adjust to their different defenses and be able to stop some of their good athletes," Slack said.

Shoshoni's Triston Parrish scored 24 points.

Jayden Haslam put in 12. Josh Oaks and Gary Medicine Cloud had 10 points apiece.

Against St. Stephen's, Haslam and Mason Steffen each scored 14.

Setback

After playing two games in a quick span, the Wranglers were sluggish in the final game of the tournament.

"We just didn't come out with the same intensity," Slack said. "We couldn't stop the momentum from Thermopolis."

Slack said Thermopolis has a number of dangerous outside shooters.

"Thermopolis denied really hard on defense," Slack said. "We couldn't remember where to set screens, and that really hurt us. We were able to run on them a little bit. That was a good learning lesson for us."

After three games, Medicine Cloud is scoring 14.3 points per game on average. Parrish has an 11.3 average. Jayden Haslam is putting in 10.7.

Weekend ahead

The Wranglers are scheduled to play three games in two days this weekend at the Burns tournament.

"I'm excited to see some of the competition this weekend," Slack said.

Shoshoni plays Burns on Friday night. Pine Bluffs and the Wranglers square off at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Shoshoni ends the weekend at 4 p.m. vs. Lingle.

"It will be interesting to see how we step up to higher level of play," Slack said. "I want us to be a better-disciplined team. This last weekend, we gambled a lot on defense. I would like to see our offensive sets timing better. I want to see how they recover from a loss."

Shoshoni's scoring average after first three games

Gary Medicine Cloud, 14.3

Triston Parrish, 11.3

Jayden Haslam, 10.7

Walker Reynolds, 6.3

Mason Steffen, 5.7

Anthony Cousineau, 2.0

Zac Pickinpaugh 4.0

Jason Thoren, 1.0

Josk Oaks, 4.7

Nathanael Lutz, 2.0

Class 2-A boys basketball overall standings

Northwest

Moorcroft, 3-0

Big Horn, 1-2

Sundance, 1-2

Tongue River, 1-2

Wright, 1-2

Southeast

Lusk, 3-0

Saratoga, 3-0

Burns, 2-1

Pine Bluffs, 2-1

Southeast, 1-1

Northwest

Greybull, 2-0

Thermopolis, 3-0

Rocky Mountain, 2-1

Lovell, 1-2

Riverside, 0-3

Southwest

Shoshoni, 2-1

Big Piney, 2-2

Wyoming Indian, 0-0

Kemmerer, 0-3

Wind River, 0-3

Girls

Northeast

Sundance, 3-0

Tongue River, 3-0

Wright, 2-1

Moorcroft, 1-2

Big Horn, 0-3

Southeast

Burns, 2-1

Luks, 2-1,

Pine Bluffs, 2-1

Saratoga, 2-1

Southeast, 1-1

Northwest

Greybull, 2-1

Lovell, 2-1

Rocky Mountain, 1-2

Thermopolis, 1-2

Riverside, 0-3

Southeast

Kemmerer, 3-0

Shoshoni, 2-1

Big Piney, 2-1

Wyoming Indian, 0-0

Wind River, 0-3

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