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Wranglers look good in two wins on home wood
Dec 22, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Shoshoni Wranglers had a perfect day on Friday, collecting two victories to start the Wrangler Classic boys basketball tournament.
Shoshoni outmuscled Farson-Eden 51-35 on Friday afternoon in the home opener.
The Wranglers then downed Hanna-Elk Mountain 46-37 in the final game on Friday night.
"I thought that the kids behaved themselves," SHS coach Brady Slack said. "There weren't any problems. They really came together as a team. For the first time, that was nice to see. It was even better that it was before our home crowd."
Upton defeated Shoshoni 62-41 in the Saturday morning game.
The Dubois Rams beat Hanna 61-39 and Farson-Eden 45-24 on Saturday.
Dubois and Shoshoni played later Saturday night to wrap up the tournament.
"The game on Friday night was probably one of the better games that we played as a team," Slack said. "We were sharp with everything. That was the first time that we have seen that."
In the home opener on Friday, the Wranglers put on a full-court press for the first time this season.
The defense caused all kinds of confusion for Farson.
"We just found some more energy in the third quarter," Slack said. "It was a nice game for us to work on it. It took them a half before they really felt comfortable."
In the third quarter, Shoshoni allowed just three points to help the Wranglers build a commanding lead going into the final period.
"They were worried about getting beat too often rather than putting some pressure on," Slack said. "We just feel like it's a good time to work on the press. We are three games away from conference. We need to have everything that we need to have in. It just seemed like it was the right time."