Dec 27, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorETHETE -- The Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs dialed up eight first half 3-pointers on their way to an easy 89-52 victory Friday over the Saratoga Panthers in the second game of the Fremont County Shootout boys basketball tournament.
The two-day tournament is being played at Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete.
The Chiefs are now 8-0 on the season. Saratoga dropped to 6-2.
"It's always a good sign when you hit your first four 3-pointers," WIHS coach Craig Ferris said. "It gives that easy feeling in my stomach."
The game ended the Christmas holiday season for the high-powered Chiefs. WIHS was credited with 12 3-pointers.
"We had a really good week of practice," Ferris said. "We didn't practice Christmas or Christmas Eve. We had a really good strong practice on Thursday. We got down the floor a little bit."
The Chiefs are the top-ranked team this year in Class 2-A.
"The boys are really focused this year," Ferris said. "They are really working together as a team. It's showing on the floor."
Wyoming Indian played Ten Sleep on Friday night to end the first day of pool play.
"Saratoga is a good team," Ferris said. "They have a really good point guard. These Christmas tournaments are tough to play in because everybody is at home and resting. I'm sure that Saratoga is going to have a really good season. I'm sure that we are going to see them later on."
Wyoming Indian 89
The bombs by Wyoming Indian started to drop in the opening minute against Saratoga. Wyoming Indian's Buell Robinson and Tristan Gardner had back-to-back 3-pointers to set the tempo of the game in the first two field goals of the game.
Robinson added two more 3-pointers in the first frame, and the Chiefs were in control at 19-6. The only bad thing in the first quarter was when Wilson Clifford was called for his second foul at the three-minute mark.
"We have a really good bench this year," Ferris said. "The level of play doesn't drop off much when we sub in. They are doing what it takes."
The bench played a big role for the Chiefs in the second and third quarters as Wyoming Indian ran away from the visiting team.
Robinson scored 21 points for the home squad. Gardner added 17 points.
Clifford and Trevor Williamson had 12 points apiece.
Williamson knocked in 11 of his points in the second frame when the game was still close.
Wyoming Indian 89
WIHS 27 28 21 13 -- 89
SARATOGA 16 11 7 18 -- 52
WIHS -- Noah Valdez (2) 0-0 6, Jared Mesqueda 2 0-0 4, Robert Aragon 0 1-3 1, Wilson Clifford 4 (1) 13- 12, Joseph Howell 3 0-1 6, Tristan Gardner 2 (4) 1-1 17, Keegan Her Many Horses 2 (1) 1-2 8, Buell Robinson 3 (4) 3-3 21, Robert Aragon 1 0-0 2, Trevor Williamson 4 4-5 12. Totals 21 (12) 11-18 89.
Saratoga -- Falk 4 1-2 9, Brennan 1 0-0 2, Brennan 4 (4) 1-1 21, Collarner 1 0-0 2, Schwarzkopf (3) 1-2 10, Maloro (2) 2-2 8. Totals 10 (9) 5-7 52.
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