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Tigers look good in defeating Rawlins, then fall to Wheatland

Dec 16, 2012 - Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

By Bruce Tippets

Sports Editor

Lander Valley High School opened the weekend with a solid 53-43 boys basketball victory over Rawlins Friday night at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

The Tigers couldn't keep the momentum going on Saturday in a 53-36 loss to Wheatland. Lander beat Douglas 41-37 in the final game of the day.

In the victory over the Rawlins Outlaws, Lander's 6-foot-7 center, Lucas Watkins, knocked down 21 points.

"Our defense was good part of the time against Rawlins, then part of the time it wasn't," Lander coach Terry Hopkin said. "We have a hard time defending on the ball. I thought that we did a better job in the second half and at the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth."

The games were part of the annual Lander Classic. The two-day tournament is for the Class 3-A West and 3-A East teams to battle each other before conference play heats up next month.

"We are still learning," Hopkin said. "We still have some things that we need to figure out and clear up."

Wheatland 53, LVHS 36

After watching Watkins do his damage on Friday night, the Wheatland coaching staff made sure Lander's he didn't repeat it Saturday. The Bulldogs went to a zone at the start of the game, and the Tigers couldn't adjust their offense. Wheatland raced out of the blocks with a 14-6 advantage.

Watkins had Lander's six points in the quarter. In the second quarter, the Bulldogs won the offensive end at 15-11 for a commanding 29-11 lead the break.

Watkins went scoreless in the period. In the third quarter, Lander's Jordan Crane drilled a 3-pointer, and Watkins hit a pair of free throws to make it a 35-20 game for Wheatland.

The Bulldogs got back on track on the offensive end with a 3-pointer and were back in control for the rest of the game.

Wheatland connected on seven 3-pointers in the 17-point win.

Watkins had 13 points for LVHS, the only player in double figures.

LVHS 53, Rawlins 42

Watkins was on fire from the start Friday night against the Outlaws.

"I thought that we did a pretty good job of getting Lucas the ball," Hopkin said.

The big man scored the first five points of the game. Watkins got help in the scoring department from Hunter Bregar and Crane in a balanced attack.

"I thought that we hit some good shots with Hunter and Jordan," Hopkin said.

Bregar put in 11 points, and Crane finished with nine.

LVHS scored 17 points in the final eight minutes to pull away from the Outlaws.

"Our defense created some turnovers in the fourth quarter," Hopkin said.

Lander boys 53, Rawlins 42

LVHS 15 8 13 17 -- 53

RAWLINS 14 2 12 14 -- 42

Lander -- Jordan Crane 2 (1) 2-4 9, Jess Oldham 0 0-3 0, Hunter Bregar 4 3-4 11, Adam Shipley 1 2-2 4, Lucas Watkins 8 5-8 21. Totals 32 (3) 12-21 53.

Rawlins -- Kendal Wall 2 2-3 6, Jace Allard 0 (2) 2-2 8, Jon Mendez 1 0-0 2, Alex Collier 2 0-0 4, Lane Potratz 1 (1) 2-2 7, Jalen Krening 3 2-8 8, Wyatt Hopkins 2 3-3 7. Totals 11 (3) 11-18 43.

Wheatland boys 53, Lander 36

WHEATLAND 14 15 14 10 -- 53

LVHS 6 11 15 10 -- 36

Lander -- Jordan Crane (1) 0-0 3, Kolton Duffey 1 0-0 2, Hunter Bregar 1 3-4 6, CooXooEii Black 2 2-4 6, Alex Hogan 1 0-0 2, Lucas Watkins 5 3-4 13. Totals 10 (1) 8-12 36.

Wheatland -- Braden Douglas 2 (1) 0-0 7, Derrick Nipper 5 (1) 0-1 13, Kyle Pollock (2) 0-0 6, Jordan Castellanos 1 (1) 1-2 6, Brickre Fischer 2 1-2 5, Tyler Pollock 3 (1) 0-0 9, Brendon Ruwart 2 (1) 0-2 7. Totals 15 (7) 2- 7 53.

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