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RHS boys still perfect; big tests coming next

Dec 9, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Wolverines beat Buffalo and Sheridan this weekend to climb to 6-0 on the season.

The snow almost stopped the Riverton Wolverines Saturday night and made for a difficult trip home from their first road trip of the year.

But neither snow nor basketball teams from Buffalo or Sheridan High School could slow down the Wolverines' early season success.

With two road wins, and its first against a Class 4-A team, Riverton stayed perfect on the young season, beating Class 3-A Buffalo 56-45 on Friday and Class 4-A Sheridan 72-58 on Saturday.

The Wolverines' record now is unblemished at 6-0.

"It was nice to win the games, but we have a lot of things to work on. I didn't think we played real well, especially with our defensive effort today (Saturday)," head coach Dick Quayle said.

The Wolverines will have three quick days of practice before hopping on the bus again and heading to the annual Flaming Gorge Tournament in Green River. The Wolverines will face their toughest tests of the season with tournament games against Cheyenne East, which knocked Riverton out of the state tournament last year; Gillette, currently Wyoming's top ranked team; and Union Utah.

"We requested to play these teams, and we are looking forward to it," Quayle said.

Friday night in Buffalo, Xavier Webb scored 21 points and Kade Salisbury added 10 to lead the Wolverines against the previously undefeated Class 3-A Bison.

"It was extremely physical, and inconsistently officiated, which made it really hard for our kids. We honestly didn't know what was a foul and what wasn't. We had them down 16, 18 points and didn't finish them off," coach Quayle said.

Getting ahead of teams and letting them hang around is becoming an uneasy theme for the Wolverines, and it happened again Saturday against the Sheridan Broncs.

Although Webb again led Riverton scorers with 22, Sheridan, despite trailing by as many as 17, was able to trim the Wolverine lead to 10 with three minutes still remaining in the game.

"I don't think that we are thinking about that enough. We have to get mentally tougher. When we get somebody down, we have to really stick it to them. If we let somebody hang around like that, they will come back and get us, and we don't want that to happen," Quayle said.

Jordan Belville had one of his best games as a Wolverine with 17 points and several key rebounds. Belville was asked to play more minutes this weekend than usual because his backup, senior Michael Johnston, did not make the trip this weekend and will miss additional games because of team rule violations.

Coley Nicholls drilled two 3-point shots and ended the game with 12 for Riverton.

The Wolverines will open the Green River tournament with East on Thursday and then play Gillette Friday morning before ending the tournament Saturday against Union High School.

"We're not worried so much about what they are doing. We have to continually worry about what we are doing. I know the kids are real excited. We have not beat Cheyenne East since I have been the coach here and I know we want to play Gillette. They are a very, very good team. This is kind of a preparation for state tournament. It will be a good mental preparation for that," Quayle said.

Riverton 12 13 18 13 -- 57

Buffalo 11 4 12 18-- 45

Riverton -- Brandon Fullerton 0 0-0 (1) 3, Kade Salisbury 4 2-4 10, Xavier Webb 5 (3) 2-4 21, Coley Nicholls 3 2-2 8. Jordan Belville 3 1-2 7, Seth Quayle 3 2-2 8, Chris Quayle 0 0-0 0, Wyatt Meyer 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-14 (4) 57.

Riverton 15 23 18 16 -- 72

Sheridan 11 20 12 15 -- 58

Riverton -- Brandon Fullerton 0 0-0 0, Kade Salisbury 2 3-4 7, Chris Quayle 0 0-0 (1) 3, Xavier Webb 6 4-7 (4) 22, Coley Nicholls 1 4-6 (2) 12, Jordan Belville 7 3-4 17, Seth Quayle 4 0-3 8, Wyatt Meyer 1 1-2 3. Totals 21 12-24 (6) 72.

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