Dec 18, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Shoshoni boys stand 3-3 on the season.
The Shoshoni Wranglers were a layup away from going 2-1 last weekend at the Burns Classic boys basketball tournament.
Instead, the Wranglers settled for a 1-2 record in the three-game span played Friday and Saturday.
Shoshoni lost to Burns 56-52 in overtime.
Pine Bluffs knocked off the Wranglers 48-33 in the second game.
Shoshoni completed the tournament with a 41-39 victory vs. Lingle-Fort Laramie.
The Wranglers are now 3-3 on the season.
"It was a very good weekend for us, whenever you are competing against teams of that caliber," Shoshoni coach Brady Slack said.
SHS made good strides on the defensive side of the floor.
"We never want to take steps back," Slack said. "Offensively, we got to see some pressure. We saw a lot of ball pressure. We found out that is one of our weaknesses. That is what we need to work on.
"The kids are learning their responsibilities," Slack added. "They are starting to work as five instead of being a bunch of single defensive players. That is really helping on our rotation and that is allowing is to stop players that we need to stop."
Against Burns, the Wranglers tried different defenses.
"We zoned some and we played man-to-man," Slack said. "I was really proud of the communication from the kids. We weren't getting lost."
Shoshoni hosts the Wrangler Classic Friday and Saturday.
In the final game of the tournament, the Wranglers held off Lingle for the victory.
"Lingle made us play its style of basketball by going zone against us the whole game and just packing the inside," Slack said. "It was a good job by our kids being disciplined to turn the game in our favor."
In the final minute of play, Lingle had a chance to win the game, but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
"Our kid did a good job of getting a hand in his face," Slack said.
Walker Reynolds and Gary Medicine Cloud had 10 points apiece for SHS.
In the tournament opener vs. Burns, the Wranglers trailed for most of the game.
SHS fought back in the fourth quarter and even took the lead before Burns deadlocked the score with 35 seconds left in regulation.
Shoshoni missed an open with an opportunity to win the game.
In the extra period, Burns pulled away for the victory.
"That was a great learning experience for us," Slack said. "That will help us in the long run."
Scoring leaders for the Shoshoni Wranglers
Triston Parish, 9.8
Walker Reynolds, 7.5
Jayden Haslam, 8.0
Anthony Cousineau, 2.0
Zac Pickinpaugh, 1.5
Brace Pingetzer, 0.6
Zion Mills, 3.8
Gary Medicine Cloud, 11.7
Patrick Cornell, 3.7
Nathaniel Lutz, 2.0
Class 2-A boys
Big Horn, 2-4
Tongue River, 1-4
Pine Bluffs, 3-3
Rocky Mountain, 4-1
Wyoming Indian, Wyoming Indian, 3-0
Big Piney, 3-2
Wind River, 0-5
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