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Tiger boys sweep Lyman, Mountain View at home

Feb 11, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Lyman dictated the tempo of the game for three quarters on Friday night, but the Lander Tigers managed to speed things up in the final quarter for a 39-32 Class 3-A West boys basketball victory at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

The Tigers completed the home sweep on Saturday by downing Mountain View 65-54.

Lander is 8-1 in conference play and 13-3 on the season. The only league setback was to Cody last weekend.

"All the teams are going to start doing the same things to us," Lander coach Terry Hopkin said. "Lyman saw what Cody did to us. Teams are going to start playing that way, and we have to adjust to play against that kind of a defense. Lyman played us in a zone. They just collapsed the middle, and they collapsed the free-throw line to where we can't get the ball inside.

The game with Lyman started the second half of conference play in the Class 3-A West division.

"Every game is going to be tougher than the first round," Hopkin said. "Everybody has scouted you, and they know you. You have to adjust. Lyman has been playing a lot better. They are a good basketball team. They had a great game plan. We just have to keep digging and scrapping and keep doing the things that we have to do to win a basketball game."

The Tigers play at Star Valley on Friday night and Jackson on Saturday afternoon in a big conference road trip.

Lander 39, Lyman 32

In crunch time, Lander's Cooxooeii Black put in a basket for a 28-24 lead in the final period, and Jaxon Hedges scored five consecutive points for a 34-27 edge.

Lyman's hit a 3-pointer to pull the visiting team to 36-30.

Hunter Bregar and Casey Winger came up with one free throw apiece to clinch the victory.

Hopkin said one of the keys for Lander was getting the ball inside against Lyman's Tyson Gillies.

"He finally ended up sitting on the bench," Hopkin said. "That was the real difference."

Gillies had foul trouble problems in the second quarter and fouled out of the contest in the final quarter.

"We did some not very smart things at the end of the game," Hopkin said. "We need to pass the ball to open people and not force the basketball. We had a couple of in-bounds play where we should have been hitting the open people. We will get better as those things as we move along."

Lander recorded three players in double figures.

Bregar and Winger contributed 10 points apiece. Black scored eight.

Lander 65, Mountain View 54

The tempo was better for the Tigers from the start on Saturday night.

Lander was up 15-7 after the first period. The home team kept the pace going in the second for 19 points and a 34-23 lead.

The Tigers cruised into the victory column in the second half.

Winger topped the team with 24 points. The senior had eight field goals and was 6-8 from the free-throw line.

Lander 39, Lyman 32

LANDER 6 9 9 15 -- 39

LYMAN 7 8 7 10 -- 32

Lander -- Jess Oldham 0 2-4 2, Jaxon Hedges 3 3-5 9, Hunter Bregar 3 (1) 1-2 10, Cooxooeii Black 2 4-5 8, Casey Winger 4 2-6 10. Totals 12 (1) 12-17 39.

Lyman -- Brandon Jaggi 2 2-6 6, Drew Rollins 2 (1) 2-4 9, Skyler Walker 4 0-0 8, Tyson Gillies 2 0-0 4, Dillon Batt 1 (1) 0-0 5. Totals 11 (2) 4-10 39.

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