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Wrangler boys go to overtime twice in weekend tournament

Dec 9, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Shoshoni rode almost all the way to Nebraska this weekend for three games in the Burns Tournament, and two of those ended in overtime.

Saturday, the Wranglers edged Lingle in overtime 57-56, then fell to Pine Bluffs 43-38 in the final game of the tournament. Fatigue was a big factor for Shoshoni playing a second game in the same day on the road, while the Hornets had just the nightcap on the day.

It was an early start to a long day for the Shoshoni boys, but the Wranglers played well in spite of a 300-mile bus ride for an early afternoon game in Burns. The Broncs edged the Wranglers 58-53 in overtime, but Shoshoni continues to show improvement each game.

"We're getting better every game," Shoshoni head coach Dan Martin said. "It is exciting to see the progression."

Burns opened a three-point lead after one and bumped the margin to eight by the half, but Shoshoni showed great poise in getting back into the contest behind a solid second half.

"I'm just proud of the boys.

They buckled down and got it done in the second half," Martin said.

The Wranglers found themselves in foul trouble early and eventually had three of their top six players on the bench by the overtime period. Nathaniel Lutz, Tristan Parrish and Mason Steffen all sat with five fouls.

Burns held a 50-47 lead with just seconds to play. On the Wranglers final possession, junior point guard Lawry Johnson set up a 3-point attempt from 21 feet away with just two seconds left in regulation. His trey found the mark, and Burns tried a 60-foot heave that was off the mark.

The game went to an extra four minutes.

Burns went to 6-foot-7 post Travis Ramsa for most of the game and had a decided advantage at the charity stripe, where the Broncs shot 35 attempts to only 14 for Shoshoni.

The Wranglers outscored the Broncs by nine from the floor, but the 22 points at the free-throw line was the difference for Burns.

Josh Thoren and Brace Pingetzer paced the Wranglers with 13 points each.

Against Pine Bluffs, the Wranglers trailed by a single point with a minute to play but couldn't retake the lead and dropped to 2-4 on the season with the loss.

"I'm happy where we're at, but it is tough to watch with tired legs," Martin said. "We need four more practices and then our own tournament."

Shoshoni hosts the annual Wrangler Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

SHOSHONI 10 9 15 16 3 -- 53

BURNS 13 14 12 11 8 -- 58

Shoshoni -- Tristan Parrish 1 (1) 2-2 7, Mason 1 0-0 2, Thoren 6 1-4 13, Pingetzer 4 (1) 2-3 13, Mills 2 0-1 4, Johnson 3 (1) 0-1 9, Lutz 1 3-3 5. 18 (3) 8-14

Burns -- Cory Lemaster 1 5-7 7. Ryder Bishop 5 1-3 11, Colby Ward 1-3 1, Taylor Kirkbride 1 8-12 10, Micky Howard 1 0-1 2, Travis Ramsa 9 5-7 23, Cole Bostron 1 2-2 4. Totals 18 22-35 58

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