Jan 20, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton outscored the Panthers 35-19 in the middle two quarters.
For the Riverton Wolverine boys basketball team Saturday in Wolverine Gym, the first quarter was OK, the second quarter was better, and the third quarter was outstanding as the Class 4-A Wolverines cruised to a convincing 65-52 win over Class 3-A Powell.
It was the Wolverines' (7-6) final tuneup before beginning Class 4-A West conference play this Friday night in Rock Springs.
Riverton's Brandon Fullerton continued his stellar offensive production with 18 points, tied for game-high honors with Powell's Kalei Smith. For Riverton, Myron Oldman and Chris Quayle also scored in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
"I wish I was that good (at halftime speeches). The kids really got into position and shot the ball well. I think that is the greatest thing about this team. We've got five or six kids that can get out to the 3-point line. We've got a lot of kids who can score, and that makes us a good team," Riverton head basketball coach Dick Quayle said.
Powell (7-4) tried to use its athleticism to penetrate and dish, but more often than not, Riverton's defense was up to the task and was especially capable denying Powell's interior passing. Powell ended the game with 14 turnovers.
"I thought we did a much better job defensively. We were like a totally different team (than Thursday against Lander) doing the things that we taught and coached," Quayle said.
Riverton led by one after the first quarter after surviving a potential momentum shifter and one of the more spectacular dunks Wolverine Gym has ever seen.
After Powell's Hayden Cragoe missed, Smith flew to the hoop and put down a two-handed slam, hung on the rim for style, and put his team up early 7-4.
But the big dunk didn't faze the Wolverines . Buckets by Austin Patterson, Myron Oldman and a 3-pointer from Triston Ortiz tied the game at 11-11.
Caleb Richmond's bucket with 0:18 left in the quarter gave the Wolverines a lead they would never relinquish.
Just like he did Thursday against Lander, Fullerton found his range with back-to-back treys from the left corner early in the second quarter. Ortiz drilled his second 3-pointer of the game to up Riverton's lead to 26-19.
As the third quarter started, Quayle drilled one of his two 3-point goals, and after Caleb Ogg took a charge at the 6:02 mark, the Panthers were on the ropes. Riverton never looked back.
"I thought we played a really solid game. I was a little worried (that we would have a letdown). I was much more impressed with the way we moved the ball tonight and the way we defended," Quayle said.
Powell 15 11 8 18-- 52
Riverton 17 15 20 13-- 65
Powell (52) -- Kalei Smith 4 10-12 18, Hayden Cragoe 3 (1) 1-3 10, Blake Schwan 0 0-0 (2) 6, Garrett Michael 2 2-2 6, Carter Baxter 2 2-6 (1) 9, Zach Heney 1 0-0 2, Toby Stowe 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 16-24 (4) 52.
Riverton (65) -- Brandon Fullerton 6 0-0 (2) 18, Austin Patterson 4 0-0 8, Chris Quayle 1 2-3 (2) 10, Myron Oldman 6 0-0 12, Caleb Ogg 1 0-0 2, Easton Paxton 0 0-0 0, Keeton Zancanella 0 0-0 0, Triston Ortiz 0 1-2 (2) 7, Eion Meyers 0 0-0 0, Jordan Yowell 1 0-0 2, Caleb Richmond 2 2-2 6. Totals 21 5-7 (6) 65.
3-point goals -- Powell (4) Hayden Cragoe 1, Blake Schwan 2, Carter Baxter 1. Riverton (6) Brandon Fullerton 2, Chris Quayle 2, Triston Ortiz 2.
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