Feb 17, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterWind River concludes the regular season at home on Friday.
PAVILLION -- Wind River picked up a key split this weekend in Class 2-0
A Southwest boys conference play. With just one conference game remaining, the third seed from the Southwest could come down to a coin flip next Saturday.
On Friday the Cougars put a scare into conference leader Big Piney before losing 38-35, then regrouped Saturday afternoon to avenge an earlier season loss to Kemmerer 73-62
The Cougars trailed by four to start the game Saturday but roared back on a 15-0 run behind a barrage of 3-point shots, with Caleb C'Bearing hitting three and Bryce Hankins one to take a 17-9 lead at the end of one quarter.
It was another familiar matchup for the Cougars, with Kemmerer bigger and heavier at every position. Wind River's forte is the outside shot and timely fast breaks, and the Cougars did both at opportune moments to prevail in the game.
Wind River is down to just eight players suiting for varsity action, as much of the team is ineligible academically at this point of the season.
That didn't seem to matter, as four Cougars tallied double-figure scoring. C'Bearing's 22 points paced Wind River, with Hankins tossing in 17. Delshai Roanhorse scored 15, and Cory Cress added 11.
Cougar freshman Taylor Tidzump added seven, using his 6-3 frame well in the low post.
Friday's game was played at Big Piney's methodical pace, which accounted for the low score. Wind River took a five-point lead after one period on the improving play of Taylor Tidzump. He hit seven of the Cougar's points in the first. Jordan Banks hit the Punchers' only basket in the quarter.
The second period was a different affair, with the Punchers realizing they were in a game. Big Piney rallied with 17 points behind balanced scoring from their patient offense. Most baskets came off wide-open looks after five to 10 passes. Banks hit the only trey of the half for the visitors, leaving Big Piney up 21-15 at the break.
The third period was a repeat of the second, and Wind River had the chance to cut the margin after a steal by sophomore Bryce Hankins. Hankins is listed at 6-0 but is a leaper. He attempted a dunk on the breakaway play but hit the rim on the attempt. The Punchers recovered and took their only double-digit lead of the game.
In the final minutes C'Bearing rained in a pair of 3-pointers to spark a late rally. Big Piney managed just a single basket in the fourth quarter and missed four of six free throws to leave the door open for the Cougars.
A final trey attempt by Cress narrowly missed as the buzzer sounded.
Wind River concludes the regular season at home on Friday, hosting top-ranked Wyoming Indian.
WIND RIVER 9 8 7 11 - 35
BIG PINEY 4 17 13 4 - 38
Wind River - Caleb C'Bearing (3) 1-2 10, Bryce Hankins 4 (1) 0-0 11, Delshai Roanhorse 3 1-2 7, Taylor Tidzump 3 1-1 7. Totals 10 (4) 3-5 35
Big Piney -- Michael Howard 1 4-5, J.D. Fear 2 (1) 0-0- 7, Jordan Banks 3 (1) 0-2 9, Alma Stoutenburg 4 0-2 8, Nolan Jones 4 0-0 8, Totals 14 (2) 4-9 38
WIND RIVER 17 12 18 25 - 72
KEMMERER 9 11 19 24 - 63
Wind River - C'Bearing 4 (3) 5-8 22, Hankins 4 (2) 3-5 17, Roanhorse 5 (1) 2-2 15, Cress 1 (2) 3-3 11, Tidzump 2 3-6 7. Totals 16 (8) 16-24 72
Kemmerer - Corbridge 6 (1) 0-0 15, Webster 1 0-0 2, Roberts 7 (1) 2-2 19, Deeter 5 0-0 10, McCloud (3) 1-2 10, Hazle (1) 0-0 3.Totals 21 (6) 3-4 63
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