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Chiefs pay back Big Piney, avenge only loss of the season

Feb 17, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

ETHETE -- It was a much-anticipated weekend for the Wyoming Indian Chiefs. After a controversial two-point loss in Big Piney two weeks ago that put the only blemish on an otherwise unbeaten season, the faithful at Ethete eagerly awaited the arrival of the Big Piney Punchers for a rematch.

The Chiefs responded with a 67-58 win over Big Piney to knot the Class 2-A Southwest between the two schools. On Friday, the Chiefs took care of Kemmerer 82-61.

Wyoming Indian has two games remaining, both on the road. TheChiefs travel Thursday to Shoshoni to play the Wranglers then conclude the regular season Friday at Pavilion against Wind River.

Big Piney has a single conference game remaining next Friday at Kemmerer. If both teams finish the season at 7-1 the Chiefs win the conference via the tie breaker with a win over Greybull. Big Piney fell to the Greybull 61-45 on the opening day of the season.

The Chiefs came out playing inspired basketball Saturday afternoon, building a quick 10-point lead behind balanced 3-point shooting. Tristan Gardner and Buell Robinson each hit treys as the Chiefs led 17-9

"The boys were fired up," Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris said. "We were waiting for this one."

Perhaps the best play of the game came with a minute left in the first, when Robinson bounced the ball off Big Piney defender Nolan Jones's back, took the ball, and hit a point-blank shot on an inbound pass to himself. The play put the Chiefs up 19-9.

Noah Valdez put the exclamation point on an outstanding start with a baseline trey that just beat the buzzer.

Wyoming Indian eventually led by 16, with the largest margin at 48-32 late in the third quarter, but Big Piney is a patient team and worked the ball well, chipping away at the lead over the final minutes of the game.

"They have some athletes this year," Ferris said.

The Chiefs had balanced scoring, with Robinson and Trevor Williamson each hitting a dozen. Valdez and Gardner had 10 each.

Kemmerer came to Ethete with a 3-2 conference mark, but after a close opening period the Chiefs exploded for 52 points in the middle periods to blow open the game, threatening to impose the 40-point mercy rule as the fourth quarter began.

Wyoming Indian cooled off in the final period, with Ferris making multiple substitutions throughout the quarter.

Nine Chiefs scored in the game, led by Robinson's 25. Trevor Williamson tallied a dozen as did Jared Mosqueda. Joseph Howell added 11, and Valdez scored 10.

"We figured we were going to have closer games this time of year," Ferris said.

WYOMING INDIAN 18 27 25 12 W22; 82

KEMMERER 13 18 5 25 W22; 61

Wyoming Indian - Noah Valdez 2 (1) 3-6 10, Jared Mosqueda 2 (2) 2-3 12, Joseph Howell 5 1-4 11, Tristan Gardner (1) 2-2 5, Keegan Her Many Horses 1 0-0 2, Buell Robinson 9 (1) 4-7 25, Robert Aragon 1 0-0 2, Trevor Williamson 3 (1) 3-4 12, Ryan Tiger (1) 0-0 3. Totals 22 (7) 17-28 82

Kemmerer - Gregory 1 0-0 2, Corbridge 2 2-2 6, Robert 9 (1) 2-5 23, Deeter 6 (2) 3-6 21, Webster 1 0-0 2, Mcloud 1 0-0 2, Hazle 2 1-3 5. Totals 22 (3) 8-16 61

WYOMING INDIAN 22 13 15 17 - 67

BIG PINEY 11 10 17 20 - 58

Wyoming Indian -- Valdez (3) 4-5 10, Jared Mosqueda 4 0-0 8, Clifford 1 (1) 0-0 6, Howell 3 0-1 6, Gardner3 (1) 1-2 10, Robinson 2 (3) 0-2 12, Aragon 1 2-2 4, Williamson 5 2-2 12. Totals 20 (6) 9-14 67

Big Piney -- Michael Howard 1 (1) 0-0 5, J.D. Fear 6-6 6, Jordan Banks 1 (2) 1-8 7, Alma Toutenburg 7 (1) 0-4 17, Nolan Jones 7 4-5 18, William Shafer 4 0-0-8. Totals 21 (2) 10-15 58

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