Feb 3, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThings tightened up in the Class 3-A West boys basketball conference when the Lander Tigers produced a 1-1 record against Cody and Powell in Park County over the weekend.
The Tigers came up huge Saturday afternoon for a 63-50 win against Powell to complete the road trip.
Lander suffered its first league setback of the season on Friday in a 53-47 loss to Cody.
"Our conference is tougher than heck," Lander coach Terry Hopkin said. "Powell, Cody and us all have to make the trip west to play Jackson, which makes it a lot tougher."
The Tigers and Cody are tied for first in the league with 6-1 records. Powell is one game behind at 5-2.
Lander returns home Friday night for a league battle vs. Lyman. The Tigers play Mountain View on Saturday afternoon.
Both games are slated for Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"It's going to be nice to be in front of the home crowd," Hopkin said.
Lander 63, Powell 50
The Powell Panthers couldn't stop Lander in the first eight minutes of the game. The Tigers built a 17-6 lead.
"We pressed Powell the first quarter," Hopkin said. "They turned the ball over a lot in that quarter. On the other side of it, we got some easy fast breaks and turned them into points."
Lander kept up the pace in the second quarter for a 32-15 lead.
In the final period, the Tigers knocked enough free throws to assure the victory.
Lander's Hunter Bregar was 7-10 from the line and Bregar finished the afternoon with 14 points.
Cooxooeii Black scored 15, and Casey Winger put in 12.
Powell's Kalei Smith stole the showing in the scoring department by pouring in 30 points.
Cody 53, Lander 47
In the first showdown between two of the top teams in the West conference, Lander jumped out to a 19-11.
Both teams scored 10 points apiece in the second quarter, and the Tigers led 29-21.
"Cody pressed us the whole game," Hopkin said.
The crucial quarter was the third, and it was all Cody. The Broncs outscored Lander 14-4 and took a 35-33 edge.
"The third quarter was the difference in the ballgame," Hopkin said.
"We didn't handle their 1-2-1 half-court trap. That will give us something to work on over the next two weeks."
Midway in the final period, the home team pulled ahead for good.
Winger hit a 3-pointer with a few seconds left in the game to make it a six-point margin. He led all Lander players, dropping in 16 points. Black scored 15 points.
Brandon Hintze became stronger for Cody as the game went along and snagged game-high honors at 25 points.
Hintze had four points in each of the first and second quarters. He increased it to seven in the third and 10 more in the fourth.
Cody boys 53, Lander 47
CODY 11 10 14 18 -- 53
LANDER -- 19 10 4 14 -- 47
Lander -- Kobey Simpson 1 0-0 2, Jess Oldham 1 0-0 2, Jaxon Hedges 4 0-2 8, Hunter Bregar 1 2-2 4, Cooxooeii Black 7 1-3 15, Casey Winger 5 (1) 3-3 16. Totals 19 (2) 6-10 47.
Cody -- Ryan Nieters 0 (1) 2-5 5, Brayden Feusnerer 2 2-2 6, Blake Hintze 1 0-0 2, Brandon Hintze 9 4-4 25, Cae McClure 2 0-2 4, Jackson Bower 2 (1) 1-3 8. Totals 16 (3) 12-15 53.
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