Feb 11, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterETHETE -- In what could be a preview of the Class 2-A West boys regional championship game in three weeks, Wyoming Indian outlasted Greybull 56-51 at home. Saturday's game was the closest of the season for the Chiefs on on their home floor this season.
On Friday the Chiefs discombobulated the winless Riverside Rebels 80-32.
"We'll definitely see them again (Greybull)," Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris said. "They're well disciplined and well coached."
Wyoming Indian senior Joseph Howell came to play at key junctures of the game, and the Chiefs rallied in the final period after missing many close range shots earlier in the game.
The Chiefs suffered an unusual 21 turnovers as well.
Wyoming Indian jumped ahead 7-2 on a Buell Robinson 3-pointer and a pair of Howell baskets, but Greybull sophomore post Treston Tracy hit a follow shot, the first of his 20 points on the night, and kept the Buffs close.
The Chiefs went inside on the next two possessions to Howell and Trevor Williamson and led 13-4 briefly.
Wyoming Indian took momentum into the second period after Robinson hit a driving layup at the buzzer to give the Chiefs a seven-point lead after one quarter.
The second period featured a battle between Howell and Tracy in the post.
The Chiefs couldn't shake the Buffs, as Greybull closed to two points twice.
The second period ended like the first, with Williamson driving to the basket at the buzzer this time to build another seven-point Wyoming Indian advantage.
Kason Clutter hit the first two baskets of the second half for Greybull, but Robinson stopped the short rally with a 3-pointer.
Paul Stewart and Tracy hit back-to-back baskets from the post, and the lead was just two again.
Robert Aragon stepped on the floor for the first time in the contest, took a pass at the high post, and hit a turnaround just two seconds after entering the game.
Wyoming Indian had the chance to blow open the game, but shots rolled off, glanced or caromed wide for the next three minutes against Greybull's 1-3-1 zone defense.
"We hit some jumpers and then quit looking to shoot," Ferris said.
Tracy hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to knot the game at 38.
A coast-to-coast drive by Wilson Clifford regained the lead for Wyoming Indian, but a Calder Forcella trey gave Greybull its only lead of the game at 41-40.
The lead change led to a change in the Chiefs' offense as well. Wyoming Indian raced on a 10-0 run to build at comfortable margin largely on the play of Jared Mosqueda, who hit back-to-back layups, with Robinson and Howell hitting follow shots in a four-minute rally.
With three minutes remaining, Ferris slowed the ball down and spread the floor. Howell hit three layups off quick cuts down the lane, and the Chiefs held on for the win.
"Everybody likes to win by 40, but by regional tournament it tightens up," Ferris said.
Wyoming Indian hosts Kemmerer on Friday, then entertains Big Piney on Saturday for the Southwest 2-A lead.
WIHS 25 31 17 7 W22; 80
RHS 6 13 8 5 - 32
Wyoming Indian -- Cory Lame Bear 1 0-0 2, Noah Valdez 1 5-5 7, Jared Mosqueda 3 0-0 6, Derek Aragon (1) 0-0 3, Wilson Clifford 5 (4) 0-0 22, Joseph Howell 1 1-1 3, Buell Robinson 5 (4) 1-1 23, Robert Aragon 1 0-0 2, Trevor Williamson 3 2-2 8, Charlie O'Neal 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 (9) 9-9 80
Riverside - Brian Vigil 2 1-2 5, Tucker McKim 2 0-0 4, Royce Mercer 2 0-0 4, Colter Bolkin 1-2 1, Alex Schwede 1 1-2 3, Scott Anderson 1-2 1, Ethan Sherburne 6 2-9 12; Totals 13 6-17 32
WYOMING INDIAN 17 13 8 18 - 56
GREYBULL 10 12 15 13 W22; 51
Wyoming Indian - Valdez 1-1 1, Mosqueda 3 0-0 6, Clifford 5 0-1 10, Howell 7 1-4 15, Keegan Her Many Horses 2-2 2, Robinson 2 (2) 0-0 10, Robert Aragon 1 0-0 2, Williamson 4 2-2 10. Totals 22 (2) 6-11 56
Greybull -- Payton Gonzalez 2 (1) 2-2 9, Calder Forcelle 1 (1) 0-0 5, Kason Clutter 5 0-2 10, Ryan Sylvester 1 0-0 2, Paul Stewart 2 1-2 5, Treston Tracy 5 (1) 7-9 20. Totals 16 (3) 10-15 51
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