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Chiefs post 3-0 record at East/West tournament

Dec 16, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Wyoming Indian High School rolled through the East/West Tournament in Sheridan County without missing a beat this weekend.

The Chiefs ran to an early lead Friday and dominated Wright 59-35, then took care of Tongue River 67-44 Saturday morning before finishing the weekend with a 63-61 come-from-behind win over Big Horn later Saturday.

The weekend sweep leaves the Chiefs at 5-1 on the season and idle until they host the Fremont County shootout after Christmas.

Against Wright the Chiefs built an early 27-4 lead and never looked back.

"Their guards just weren't ready for our speed," Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris said.

The front tandem of Alvin Spoonhunter and Wilson Clifford finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively, to lead the Chiefs.

Ferris was able to play his reserves throughout the second half.

Tongue River played close with the Chiefs for the first period, but Wyoming Indian's quickness eventually wore down the Eagles.

The Eagles attempted a strategy the Chiefs don't see too often, hitting Wyoming Indian with full-court pressure. It didn't work well; Wyoming Indian quickly built a 35-point lead.

In the half court, Wyoming Indian's tall tandem of 6-5 Trevor Williamson and 6-4 Joseph Howell paid dividends as well.

"We went right inside to Trevor and Joseph," Ferris said. "I love being able to go inside first and then outside. They're both learning to play off each other."

That combination was key in the late minutes of Saturday afternoon's dogfight with Big Horn.

The Chiefs trailed the entire game until about five minutes remained to play.

Trailing by five, Tristan Gardner hit a trey.

The Chiefs turned back-to-back steals into layups to take the lead.

With the game slowing to a half-court battle Ferris went back to his posts.

Williamson had a lot of baskets in the paint earlier in the game. Big Horn collapsed around him, leaving Howell open in the high post.

Clifford hit some key free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.

"It was a good game for us to kind of get punched in the mouth for a while, "Ferris said.

"The boys accepted the challenge. I'm proud of them.

It was a good game before the break to let us know where we stand."

WYOMING INDIAN 18 18 12 11 -- 59

WRIGHT 4 11 5 15 -- 35

Wyoming Indian -- Donald Clifford 1 0-0 2, Noah Valdez (1) 0-0 3, Keeghan Her Many Horses 0-1 0, Tristan Gardner 4 (1) 0-0 11, Wilson Clifford 5 (1) 0-0 13, Joseph Howell 2 0-0 4, Alvin Spoonhunter 5 (1) 1-2 14, Trevor Williamson 6 0-1 12. Totals 23 (4) 1-4 59

Wright -- Eion Hand 2 0-0 4, Newt Starr 2 (1) 2-2 9, Josh Felsman 1 (3) 11, Logan Wilson 1 0-0 2, Arren Jones 1-2 1,Taylor Tresch 2 0-0 4. Totals 8 (4) 5-6 35

TONGUE RIVER 12 12 8 12 -- 44

WYOMING INDIAN 23 17 17 10 -- 67

Wyoming Indian -- D. Clifford 1 0-0 2, Her Many Horses 1 0-0 2, Gardner (1) 0-0 3, W. Clifford 7 2-2 16, Howell 5 1-2 11, Spoonhunter 6 (1) 0-0 15, Williamson 6 0-12 12, Robert Aragon 3 0-0 6. Totals 29 (2) 3-6 67

Tongue River -- Wyatt Main 1 0-0 2, Austen Scammen 3 0-0 6, Matt Yellowtail 1 (1) 4-4 9, Tannery Dockery 3 (1) 4-4 13, Cody Jolovich 1 2-2 2, Keenan Grose 2 (1) 0-2 7, Lane Dockery 1 1-2 3. Totals 12 (3)11-44 44

WYOMING INDIAN 19 12 14 18 -- 63

BIG HORN 22 10 18 11 -- 61

Wyoming Indian -- D. Clifford (1) 0-0 3, Gardner 2 (1) 0-0 7, W. Clifford 2 4-5 8, Howell 6 0-5 12, Spoonhunter 2 (3) 0-0 13, Williamson 10 0-0 20. Totals 22 (5) 4-10 63

Big Horn -- Colter Carizole 3 1-2 7, Matthew Wigglesworth 10 2-2 22, L. Wellenman 4 2-6 10, Connor McAfferty 2 (1) 0-0 7, Tony Mort 2 (1) 0-0 7, Deven Helleman 1 1-2 3, Kaul Eisle 1 (1) 0-0 5. Totals 23 (3) 6-12 61

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