Jan 27, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterChris Quayle stepped to the line with five seconds on the regulation clock Friday night in Rock Springs and nailed three pressure free throws to tie Riverton's first Class 4-A West basketball game at 64-64 and force extra play.
Quayle's free throws brought short-handed Riverton all the way back from a nine-point deficit as the fourth quarter started, but his heroics weren't enough as the Tigers excelled in overtime and ended with a 78-70 conference win over the Wolverines.
Quayle ended the game with a career-high and game-high 23 points.
The Wolverines played much of the second half and all of overtime without leading scorers Brandon Fullerton and Austin Patterson, who did not return to the game after being whistled for technical fouls,
"I made the decision to not have them return. It made it tough to come back, but I was proud of the kids that were still on the court. Hopefully we learned a few lessons of keeping our composure. The nice thing is that sometimes a loss might be a good thing, and we can learn from our mistakes," RHS head coach Dick Quayle said Saturday.
Up next for the Wolverines is a Thursday night battle with the Casper Natrona Mustangs at Wolverine Gym.
The loss for the Wolverines drops their record to 7-7 and 0-1 in the Class 4-A West.
"We didn't play very well tonight, and I was disappointed in our effort. You hope that at some point we'll learn from it and develop a little more patience. The kids did make a great effort to get back in the game. We had no business being in it," Dick Quayle said.
Fullerton ended the game with 14 points, and Myron Oldman added 10.
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