Dec 14, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterGREEN RIVER -- In a much-anticipated battle of Class 4-A's top-ranked boys basketball teams, the Gillette Camels exploded in the third quarter for 29 points and cruised to an easy 83-54 win over the Riverton Wolverines in the second day of the Flaming Gorge Tournament.
The teams were tied at halftime before the Gillette onslaught blew open the game.
In its tournament-opening game Thursday, Riverton led by just two points at halftime but amped up its defensive pressure to outscore the Cheyenne East Thunderbirds 24-4 in the third quarter and cruise to their seventh consecutive win, 60-51.
Friday's third quarter was the mirror of Thursday's, according to Wolverine head coach Dick Quayle.
"The problem today was turnovers (Riverton had more than 20). That was the thing that killed us. We don't see teams with that kind of size, and it's hard for us to simulate that pressure in practice," Quayle said
Riverton fell behind by 12 with four minutes remaining in the second quarter but mounted a 16-4 run to end the half, capped by an buzzer beating 3-point shot for the left corner by Xavier Webb to climb back in the game 39-39.
"We worked at getting better balance in the third quarter, and for some reason we shot very well," Gillette head coach Mike Curry said.
The Camels also played better defense against the Wolverines after the break, limiting Riverton to six points in the quarter while forcing 10 turnovers in the period.
Riverton was led in scoring by Seth Quayle with 14. Webb added 13, Jordan Belville scored 12, and Kade Salisbury netted 11.
Gillette was led by junior point guard Cody Kelley, who penetrated often but also hit four 3-point shots. Kelley ended the game with 24.
"He's a very intelligent kid from a very athletic family. His sister (Jordan Kelley) plays at Washington State," Curry said.
The Wolverines, along with the other teams in the tournament, will send to players to compete in the slam dunk and 3-point shooting contest Friday night at Green River High School.
"I was happy with our effort. We just didn't play well," Dick Quayle said.
Thursday, Webb led Riverton with 16. Belville added 11.
"Wyatt Meyer came in and gave us some really good minutes. He did some good stuff for us and scored six points, a season high," Quayle said.
Riverton concludes tournament play against Union County, Utah, at 10 a.m. Saturday, while Gillette plays Evanston in a rematch of last year's Class 4-A state championship game.
Gillette, the top-ranked team in Class 4-A, beat Star Valley, the top-ranked Class 3-A team 72-57 Thursday.
"Christmas (practice) will be important," Dick Quayle told his players after Friday's loss, Riverton's first setback of the season.
Riverton 11 14 24 15 -- 60
Cheyenne East 14 9 5 23 -- 51
Brandon Fullerton 0 0-0 0, Xavier Webb 6 4-5 (1) 19, Kade Salisbury 2 1-2 (1) 8, Jordan Belville 4 3-4 11, Seth Quayle 3 0-0 (1) 9, Wyatt Meyer 3 0-1 6, Chris Quayle 0 0-0 0, Coley Nicholls 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 8 (2) 60.
Riverton 19 20 6 9 -- 54
Gillette 25 14 29 13 -- 83
Brandon Fullerton 0 0-0 0, Xavier Webb 2 0-0 (3) 13, Kade Salisbury 2 3-5 (1) 11, Jordan Belville 4 1-2 (1) 12, Seth Quayle 5 4-5 14, Wyatt Meyer 0 0-0 0, Chris Quayle 1 0-0 2, Coley Nicholls 0 1-2 1, Caleb Richmond 0 2-2 2. Totals 14 10-16 (5) 54.
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