RHS boys take two straight conference victories on the roadFeb 11, 2014 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
Riverton routed Green River on Friday, then grabbed a last second win Saturday over Evanston.
The Riverton Wolverines boys basketball team gained two huge road conference victories with a 76-40 win over Green River on Friday and an exciting, last-second, come-from-behind 42-40 win over Evanston on Saturday to push their Class 4-A West record to 2-3 (9-9 overall).
Saturday's win gives the Wolverines a bit of revenge over the Red Devils, the two-time Class 4-A defending state champion, and the same team that beat Riverton in last year's state championship game. In addition to the varsity win, the Wolverines swept the Red Devils at the sophomore and junior varsity levels Saturday. Added icing -- for Riverton head coach Dick Quayle, it was his first win ever in Evanston.
In fact, Riverton's program was 6-0 on the weekend, winning sub-varsity games at Green River as well.
Big Red finish
In Saturday's final moments, Chris Quayle scored, but Riverton was still trailing by two points with 33 seconds to play. RHS a timeout to plan the final attack.
The Wolverines plotted to foul Red Devil Gavin Whitaker, just a 56-percent free throw shooter on the season. Whitaker missed the first of the one-on-one bonus, Riverton's Jordan Yowell grabbed the rebound, and Austin Patterson drove hard from the right side to tie the game at 42-42.
"We were spread out and trying to get our guards isolated on their big guys and take it to the basket. Austin made a great drive and scored," Quayle said.
After Patterson's equalizer, Chris Quayle stole the inbounds pass, shot and missed, but Brandon Fullerton tipped in what turned out to be the winner with 11 seconds left on the clock.
Evanston called a timeout with six seconds left and had one final possession.
"We were trying to not let (Alec) Johnson get the ball, but unfortunately he did. He drove into the lane and Caleb Richmond was right in front of him. I thought they were going to call a charge, but then I realized who we were playing. He missed the shot, we tipped it out, and the game was over," Quayle said.
During the postgame interview with The Ranger, the excitement was audible from Riverton's locker room.
"It was really awesome. The kids just hung in there, and it was really a great, great win for our kids," Quayle said.
Fullerton led Riverton in scoring with 16 points, and the Wolverine offense committed just six turnovers.
Quayle gave Riverton's front line of Caleb Richmond, Caleb Ogg, Yowell and Tristan Ortiz great credit for keeping the Wolverines in the game defensively. Yowell pulled down six rebounds.
"Whenever you beat a quality team on the road you have to be really excited. Everybody that was in the game today contributed," Quayle said.
Riverton assistant coach Stuart Mullins agreed.
"We knew we were never out of it. This is one of the toughest places to play in the state by far. We defended well," Mullins said.
Riverton pulled away from a winless Green River team Friday night. Patterson scored 19, Fullerton added 18, and Chris Quayle added 15.
"It was a great weekend. It has at least been a long time that Riverton teams have come to Evanston and swept them on their home floor," Quayle said.
Riverton will battle Rock Springs to begin the second round of Class 4-A West conference play this Friday, Feb. 14, at Wolverine Gym.
Riverton 12 10 8 12 -- 42
Evanston 12 10 8 10 -- 40
Riverton (vs. Evanston) 42 -- Brandon Fullerton 4 2-2 (2) 16, Chris Quayle 0 2-2 (1) 5, Caleb Ogg 2 2-4 6. Eion Meyers 0 0-2 (1) 3, Austin Patterson 4 0-1 8, Jordan Yowell 2 0-0 4. Totals 12 6-9 (4) 42.
Riverton 25 19 19 13-- 76
Green River 14 8 6 12-- 40
Riverton (vs. Green River) 76 -- Brandon Fullerton 6 0-0 (2) 18, Austin Patterson 4 2-2 (3) 19, Easton Paxton 1 0-0 (1) 5, Chris Quayle 2 2-2 (3) 15, Keeton Zancanella 0 0-0 0, Tristan Oritz 1 0-0 (1) 5, Eion Meyers 2 0-1 (1) 7, Jordan Yowell 1 1-1 3, Caleb Richmond 1 0-0 2, Caleb Ogg 1 0-0 2, Bo Patterson 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 5-6 (11) 76.