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Wrangler boys win first two in own invitational

Dec 16, 2012 - Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

SHOSHONI -- You win more games on defense than you do on offense, and Shoshoni proved that with a 3-0 start in their annual Wrangler Invitational Friday and Saturday in Shoshoni.

The Wranglers rolled over Farson 38-21 on Friday, then upended Upton 48-39 in the nightcap.

Saturday, Shoshoni's pressure was too much for Hanna. The Wranglers rolled over the Miners by a lopsided 45-25 score.

he Wranglers' 1-3-1 defense switched to a man-to-man on occasion in the tournament, and head coach Dan Martin extended his 1-3-1 look into a half-court trap that produced great results.

With speedy guard Lawry Johnson at the point, 6-4 Josh Thoren on one wing, and freshman Triston Parrish on the other, the Wranglers were difficult to get through to set up a half-court offense.

On Friday against Farson and again on Saturday afternoon against Hanna, the Wranglers held their opponents to just one firs- period basket.

Shoshoni built a devastating 22-2 lead over Farson at the half and did it in spite of extremely cold shooting from the floor.

Shoshoni continues to improve defensively each week, and the Wranglers are learning to score in transition as well as get the ball inside to Thoren.

Against Hanna, Shoshoni shot the ball better from short range. Brace Pingetzer hit set shots out of the offense in the 15-foot range, and Johnson and Thoren hit pull-up and step-through jumpers in the paint.

Junior Nathaniel Lutz made a couple of key power moves against Hanna in the paint.

Hanna's guards were nearly helpless against the quick hands of Johnson and Parrish, who picked the ball off the dribble four times in a row prompting a Miner timeout. Out of the break, the Hanna point tried to pass before the duo could close on him, but Thoren intercepted the pass for a full-court drive to the hoop.

The Wranglers improved to 5-4 with the three wins and faced Meeteetse late Saturday night.

Shoshoni hosts top-rated 1-A Burlington on Thursday, then entertains Rocky Mountain in an interesting matchup Friday night.

SHOSHONI 10 12 11 5 -- 38

EDEN 2 0 7 12 -- 21

Shoshoni -- Triston Parrish 2-2 2, Mason Steffen 2 2-6 4, Josh Thoren 5 (1) 1-3 14, Brace Pingetzer 1 (1) 0-0 5, Blake Fegler 1-2 1, Lawry Johnson 2 (1) 0-0 7, Casey LaGois 1 0-0 2, Nathanial Lutz 1 1-9 3. Totals 11 (3) 7-22 38.

Eden-Farson -- Marcos Orozco 1 1-2 3, Isaac Orozco 1 0-0 2, Jordan Nix 1 0-0 2, Neale Jones 2 1-2 5, Kyle Sabourin 2 0-0 4 Andrew Amrine 1-2 1, Kelton Broadhead 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 3-6 21

SHS 11 10 12 15 -- 48

UPTON 6 6 9 18 -- 39

Shoshoni -- 1 (2) 2-2 10, Thoren 6 1-4 13, Pingetzer 2 (1) 0-0 7, Micah Mills (1) 0-0 3, Johnson 4 3-5 11, Lutz 1 1-1 3. Totals 15 (4) 6-11 48.

Upton -- Materi 2-2 2, Loberg 3 0-0 6, Materi 1 0-0 2, Garhart 3 0-0 6, Christensen 0-1 0, Brost 2 (2) 0-0 10, Brost 3 2-6 8, Burr 1 4-4 6. Totals. 13 (2) 7-13 39

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