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Technical fouls costly as Chiefs suffer first defeat of year, 60-58 to Big Piney
Jan 27, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer
In a controversial win, Big Piney edged the Wyoming Indian boys 60-58 Friday night in Sublette County. The loss was the first of the season for Wyoming Indian and its only blemish in conference play. Big Piney now sits atop the Southwest 2-A with a 4-0 record after completing the first half of the conference schedule.
The Chiefs took out the previous night's frustration Saturday in a 78-20 domination of Kemmerer.
Wyoming Indian led Big Piney by 18 points in the second quarter and finished the half leading by 15, but foul trouble loomed for the Chiefs.
"We didn't play where we needed to be. As soon as we had 18, we relaxed," Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris said."
Green River officials worked the game and whistled a Wyoming Indian player for using profanity in the game's first technical foul. There were three more technical fouls coming Wyoming Indian's way before the final buzzer sounded.
"The first technical was a good call," Ferris said."Our player used inappropriate language and was caught."
Ferris did not agree on the ensuing technical infractions. He gave his account of what followed.
"That first technical upset the officials, and it was a snowball effect from there," Ferris said.
Wyoming Indian's second technical was on Ferris after he yelled "Three seconds," from the bench.
The third was called on the Wyoming Indian bench when one of the players shouted "About time," after a call, Ferris said.
The final and most-decisive came with the Chiefs holding a tenuous two-point lead with 1:45 left in the game.
Ferris said he reacted to a play in a manner familiar to Wyoming Indian fans. After a play he called out "Oh," and turned away from the floor.
The subsequent whistle sent him to the locker room and also made him ineligible for Saturday's game against Kemmerer.
Big Piney hit both free throws and took the lead on a basket on the following possession.
On the night the Punchers shot 30 free throws to 12 by the Chiefs.
"We had our chances at the end. We just played sloppy and had too many turnovers and missed shots," Ferris said. "It's hard to play the type of defense we play with foul trouble, and you're not allowed to do the things you've done."
Wyoming Indian had the final possession of the game and had the chance to tie it at 60 but didn't execute and missed the final shot.
Trevor Williamson paced the Chiefs with 12, while Tristan Gardner and Buell Robinson each tallied 11 in Saturday's rout of the Rangers.
On Friday Robinson tallied 24 to lead the Chiefs against Big Piney, with Wilson Clifford pouring in 15. Robinson had five 3-pointers, with Clifford and Noah Valdez hitting one each. Nolan Jones led Big Piney with 19.
Wyoming Indian hosts Lovell next Saturday.
Wyoming Indian - Cory Lamebear 1 0-0 2, Noah Valdez 1 0-0 2, Jared Mosqueda 3 0-0 6, Charlie O'Neal 2 0-1 4, Derek Aragon (1) 0-0 3, Wilson Clifford 4 0-0 8, Joseph Howell 6 2-4 14, Tristan Gardner 1 (3) 0-0 11, Keegan Her Many Horses 1 W22;0-0 2, Buell Robinson 4 (1) 0-0 11, Trevor Williamson 5 2-2 12. Totals 28 (5) 5-18 78
Kemmerer - Corbridge 1-2 1, Roberts 2 (2) 0-1 10, Depster 3 0-1 6, McLoud 1 1-2 3. Totals 6 (2) 2-6 20
Wyoming Indian - Valdez 1 (1) 1-2 6, Clifford 6 (1) 0-0 15, Howell 1 0-0 2, Her Many Horses 2-2 2, Robinson 4 (5) 1-3 24, Williamson 4 2-3 10. Totals 16 (7) 5-12 58
Big Piney - Totals 16 (2) 22-30 60