Dec 9, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterSometimes it all comes down to defense.
Wyoming Indian survived a rare cold shooting spell Friday against Brockton, Mont., to advance to the finals of the Montana Holiday Classic in Billings.
The Chiefs finally found the range to pull away from Brockton 65-50.
Wyoming Indian was scheduled to play Lame Deer, Montana in the finals late Saturday night.
The Chiefs shot just 4-16 from the free-throw line and hit just three of 23 3-point attempts.
"They zoned us the entire game, and we had wide-open shots, but nothing was falling for us," Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris said.
While the Chiefs were frosty from the perimeter, Brockton's 6-2 guard Chance Roberts didn't have any problems. Roberts hit eight 3-pointers and tallied 28 points to lead all scorers.
The Chiefs built leads of 10 points several times in the opening half only to have Roberts drain one or two treys and cut the margin.
Roberts wasn't a consistent shooter, his shots either swishing the net or sailing wide of the rim for air balls.
In between rallies the Chiefs suffered through several droughts, getting good close looks at the basket but failing to convert.
"Once we get our offense rolling, we'll be OK," Ferris said. "We need to get more shots up in practice."
The Chiefs put together a solid final period with 20 points to finally put Brockton away.
Alvin Spoonhunter hit 25 to pace the Chiefs and Trevor Williamson added 16 in the paint.
WYOMING INDIAN 16 12 17 20 -- 65
BROCKTON 10 13 17 10 -- 50
Wyoming Indian -- Tyler Penetac 2 0-0 4, Donald Clifford 1 1-1 3, Noah Valdez 1 0-0 2, Wilson Clifford 3 0-0 6, Joseph Howell 2 3-6 7, Alvin Spoonhunter 8 (3) 0-2 25, Trevor Williamson 8 0-6 16. Totals 26 (3) 4-16
Brockton -- Chance Roberts 1 (8) 2-4 28, Alford Longee 2-2 2, Defender Walking Eagle 3 2-3 8, Brook Rattling Thunder 5 2-4 12. Totals 9 (8) 8-13 50
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