Dec 30, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton guards Chris Quayle, Austin Patterson and Brandon Fullerton combined for 52 points, and RHS shot 17-17 from the free throw line.
LARAMIE -- The Riverton High School boys suffered from some post-Christmas blahs in the first quarter and a half of their Friday road game against the Laramie Plainsmen.
But it's the finish that counts, and Riverton's guards drilled seven of their eight 3-point shots in the final three quarters and never missed from the foul line to gain a 69-52 Class 4-A non-conference win over Laramie to end the 2013 part of their schedule.
Chris Quayle led Riverton with 19 points and was a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Austin Patterson added 17, Brandon Fullerton scored 16 and Eion Meyers tallied 11 including a team high three 3-pointers for the Wolverines (3-5).
"We played well, especially in the second half when the game was called closer. Laramie was physical early and got after us, and we didn't respond well to that style of play," Riverton head coach Dick Quayle said.
In fact, early on it was all Laramie (0-5). With a boisterous holiday student section encouraging its home team, Laramie's Tye Brown scored six straight points, including a buzzer-beating putback, to give Laramie an early lead at 16-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The Plainsmen expanded their lead to 23-11 before Meyers and Quayle hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start Riverton's comeback. Meyers drilled his second trey right in front of Laramie's students to pull Riverton within five, and Patterson continued Riverton's sharp shooting to inch the Wolverines closer at 27-23.
Fullerton pulled Riverton within one as the third quarter started, and Meyers gave Riverton the lead for good, hitting another 3-pointer with 5:03 left in the quarter.
Laramie kept it close at 41-37, and with 21 seconds left in the quarter, LHS coach Chuck Kern, who complained about a foul against the Plainsmen's Drew Burman, was whistled for a technical foul. That gave Riverton a 6-point charge from two Quayle charities followed by two more buckets by Quayle and Fullerton.
After three, Riverton was comfortably ahead 47-37.
"My intelligence was not there. I need to coach and let my emotions be controlled. We're a young team, and we play with a roller coaster of emotions," Kern said.
Caleb Ogg led Riverton on the boards with nine rebounds.
Laramie will continue play next weekend at the Cabela's Invitational in Sidney, Neb., while the Wolverines will be idle until Jan. 9, when Cheyenne South, Kelly Walsh, Laramie, Sheridan and Evanston come to Riverton for the Bill Strannigan East vs. West basketball tournament.
Riverton 9 14 24 22 -- 69
Laramie 17 10 10 15 -- 52
Riverton -- Brandon Fullerton 4 2-2 (2) 16, Austin Patterson 5 4-4 (1) 17, Chris Quayle 4 8-8 (1) 19, Keeton Zancanella 0 0-0 0, Triston Ortiz 0 2-2 0, Eion Meyers 1 0-0 (3) 11, Caleb Richmond 0 0-0 0, Caleb Ogg 0 1-1 (1) 4, Bo Patterson 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 17-17 (8) 69.
Laramie -- Andy Pearson 1 0-0 2, Jake Aaland 2 5-5 (1) 12, Drew Burman 5 2-2 12, Josh Wilson 0 0-0 0, Nate Hill 2 2-2 6, Kollin West 2 2-4 6, Tye Brown 4 1-2 9, Robbie Harding 0 0-0 0, Tommy Nachtigal 0 0-0 0, Danny Bradfield 2 1-2 5. Totals 18 13-17 (1) 52.
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