Jan 20, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTwo days after suffering a heartbreaking 50-49 boys basketball loss to Riverton High School, Lander Tigers coach Terry Hopkin knew his players wanted to start a new winning streak.
The Tigers jumped back onto the winning track with a 53-40 win Saturday night against Mountain View in a Class 3-A West road contest.
"It's always good to come away with a win," Hopkin said. "We played hard in Riverton, and we didn't have a whole lot of legs left. After practice on Friday night, I was hoping that we would show up a little bit and have enough strength at Mountain View, which is a tough place for us to play. They gave a great effort."
Lander is now 10-2 on the season and remains undefeated in conference play.
"It was a packed house at Mountain View," Hopkin said. "There was a lot of screaming and yelling. It was a great atmosphere."
The Tigers play Thursday night at Pinedale to continue their conference schedule.
Lander 53, Mountain View 40
The Tigers outscored Mountain View 20-8 in the first period.
"We got after them in the first quarter," Hopkin said.
Mountain View stormed back in the second quarter to take the momentum away at 13-10, but Lander was up 30-21 at the break.
"Mountain View made a heck of a run at us just before halftime," Hopkin said. "We were trying to get back into a good rhythm."
The pace slowed down in the third period, but the Tigers outscored Mountain View 8-5.
"It was a pretty tough three quarters for us," Hopkin said. "They stayed right with us."
Lander iced the game in the fourth quarter after hitting 10 free throws.
"We managed to come ahead," Hopkin said. "I thought that our kids finished really well."
Cooxooei Black tallied 16 points, and Jess Oldman scored 12. Hunter Bregar had double-digit numbers at 10. Jaxon Hedges added eight points, and Casey Winger recorded seven.
"It was a pretty well-rounded scoring," Hopkin said.
Winger guarded Mountain View's top scorer Austin Housekeeper, holding him to 10 points.
Riverton 50, Lander 49
The Tigers controlled the paced of the game most of the way Thursday in their cross-county matchup against Class 4-A Riverton. LVHS led 38-28 after three quarters.
But Riverton woke up behind the play of junior guards Brandon Fullerton and Chris Quayle, erupting for 22 points in the fourth quarter. With the Tigers trailing by one point with three seconds left, Hopkin drew up a play during a timeout. But Riverton defended it well, and the Tigers didn't get a good shot.
Lander was hurt by the loss of point guard Marvin Aragon, who lost two teeth during a collision in the first quarter, and by the loss of Jaxon Hedges to fouls in the fourth quarter.
Lander 9 16 13 11 -- 49
Riverton 8 11 9 22 -- 50
Lander (49) -- Marvin Aragon 0 0-0 0, Jess Oldman 1 0-0 2, Hunter Bregar 0 3-4 (2) 9, Cooxooei Black 4 5-8 13, Casey Winger 3 5-9 (1) 14, Trey Massey 0 0-0 0, Jayson Simpson 1 0-0 2, Kobey Simpson 2 1-1 5, Jaxon Hedges 1 2-3 4, Silas Cleveland 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 16-25 (3) 49.
Riverton(50) -- Brandon Fullerton 6 4-4 (3) 25, Austin Patterson 2 2-4 6, Chris Quayle 1 2-2 (2) 10, Myron Oldman 2 0-0 4, Caleb Ogg 0 0-0 0, Easton Paxton 0 0-0 0, Triston Ortiz 0 0-0 (1) 3, Eion Meyers 0 0-0 0, Jordan Yowell 0 0-0 0, Caleb Richmond 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 8-10 (6) 50.
3-point goals -- Lander (3) -- Hunter Bregar 2, Trey Massey 1. Riverton (6) -- Brandon Fullerton 3, Chris Quayle 2, Triston Ortiz 1.
-- Staff writer Craig Blumenshine covered the Riverton-Lander game Thursday night.
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