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Chiefs start season with success at two-day Billings tournament

Dec 17, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

Wyoming Indian boys' basketball remains unbeaten and unchallenged after a three-day opening weekend series.

The Chiefs blew past Lovell 71-39 on the road Friday before beating Northern Cheyenne and Brockton of Montana 90-57 and 86-34, respectively, during a Friday-Saturday tournament in Billings.

The Chiefs return to tournament play this weekend, co-hosting the East-West Classic with Wind River against teams from Big Horn, Tongue River and Wright.

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The Chiefs had few problems in both contests in Billings, with an emerging inside-outside style of play that will prove hard to defend as the season progresses.

"We're gelling quicker than I thought we would," Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris said.

The Chiefs put five players in double figures against Northern Cheyenne, paced by 23 from post Trevor Williamson and 22 from forward Wilson Clifford.

After a slow start by Wyoming Indian standards, the Chiefs erupted for 32 points in the second period to build an insurmountable lead over Northern Cheyenne.

"We didn't do too well Friday," Ferris said. "We got in late from the Lovell game, and I might have gotten them up a little early on Friday."

Freshman Buell Robinson and sophomore Noah Valdez are rapidly becoming one of the best guard tandems in all of Class 2-A, with Robinson tossing in 14 and Valdez earning 10. Tristan Gardner hit a trio of treys to add 11 on the night.

Against Brockton the game was out of reach from the opening tip. Brockton rallied a bit in the second period, but Wyoming Indian was too much for them to handle, with 10 players scoring in the game.

Robinson had the best night of his fledgling career, leading the Chiefs with 27 points including five from beyond the arc.

The Chiefs open tournament play this Friday at 6 p.m. against Big Horn.

WIHS 21 32 29 8 - 90

NC 13 12 19 13 - 57

Wyoming Indian - Cory Lame Bear 1 0-2 2, Noah Valdez 3 (1) 1-1 10, Charlie O'Neal 0-1 4, Wilson Clifford 8 (1) 3-6 22, Joseph Howell 1 0-0 2, Tristan Gardner 1 (3) 0-0 11, Keegan Her Many Horses 1 0-0 2, Buell Robinson 2 (2) 4-4 14, Trevor Williamson 10 (1) 0-2 23; Totals 29 (8) 8-15 90

Northern Cheyenne - Totals 16 (4) 13-18 57

WHS 17 24 19 26 -86

BHS 8 15 7 4 - 34

Wyoming Indian - Lame Bear 2 2-3 6, Valdez 3 0-0 6, Jared Mosqueda (1) 0-0 3, O'Neal 3 0-0 6, Aragon (1) 0-0 3, Clifford 1 1-2 3, Howell 3 0-0 6, Gardner 2 2-6 4, Her Many Horses 1 (1) 0-0 5, Robinson 6 (5) 0-0 27, Williamson 3 1-2 7; Totals 29 (8) 4-7 86

Brockton - Totals - 11 (3) 3-7 34

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