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Rough outing for Cougs to start home basketball season

Dec 9, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Friday's loss drops the Cougars to 0-5 on the season with tough challenge coming this weekend at Tongue River and Big Horn.

It was another long night for the winless Wind River Cougars, who fell hard to visiting Rocky Mountain 71-35 in their home opener Saturday afternoon in Pavillion.

The loss drops the Cougars to 0-5 on the season with a very tough challenge coming this weekend at Tongue River and Big Horn high schools in Sheridan County.

The game opened at a glacial pace, with neither team finding the range for more than three minutes.

Wind River freshman Caleb C'Bearing broke the ice, hitting a trey with 5:47 left in the opening period to give the Cougars an early 3-0 advantage. The lead disappeared on the ensuing possession, with Rocky's Bryce Ward hitting a baseline trey eight seconds later to knot the game at three. Ryan Weliever hit a follow shot to tie the game once more at 5-5, and Zac Lindstadt's 3-pointer gave Wind River their final lead of the game at 8-7 with 3:24 left in the first.

The Cougars disintegrated offensively after the brief lead. In the opening minutes they ran a patterned offense and got good looks at the basket, the Wind River offense deteriorated into a series of freelance one-on-one plays that led to easy Rocky Mountain layups when the Cougars failed to get back on defense.

The Grizzlies ran a de-facto layup drill for their final 10 points of the half, quickly tossing outlet passes to Ward and Cannon Simmons for uncontested drives to the basket.

The Cougars opened the third with a bit more orchestrated offense and cut into the lead, but eventually Rocky blew the game open with another series of easy transition baskets.

The Grizzlies built a 30-point lead early in the final period and put the mercy rule into effect with a 66-26 advantage with 1:34 left in the game.

Reserves on both sides finished the final three minutes of play, with Wind River freshman Bryce Hankins making the best of his minutes with a field goal and a 3-pointer.

WIND RIVER 8 5 9 13 -- 35

ROCKY MOUNTAIN 15 19 16 21 -- 71

Wind River -- Bryce Hankins 1 (1) 0-0 5, Caleb C'Bearing 1 (1) 0-0 5, Brett Roanhorse (1) 0-2 3, Zach Lindstadt (1) 0-0 3, Ryan Weliever 3 2-8 8, Delshai Roanhorse 1 0-0 2, Cory Cress 1 0-0 2, Dakota Snyder 1-2 1, Brodie Miller 1 2-4 4, Luke Tidzump 2-2 2. Totals 8 (4) 7-20 35

Rocky Mountain -- Mangus 1 2-4 4, Jewell 6 0-0 12, Bernhisel (1) 0 --2 3, Wocicki 1 2-2 4, Horrocks 2-2 2, Despain 4 0-0 8, Winland 4 0-3 8, Ward 3 (2) 0-0 12, Simmons 6 0-0 12, Coleman 1 1-2 3, Higgins 1 1-1 3. Totals 27 (3) 8-16 71

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