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Burlington makes it tough on Wranglers
Dec 21, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer
SHOSHONI -- Burlington remained unbeaten with a convincing 66-31 win over Shoshoni Thursday night. The loss drops the Wrangler boys to 6-5 on the season with a final 2012 game remaining against Rocky Mountain Friday night in Shoshoni.
Shoshoni struggled offensively throughout the game but played stellar defense through most of the game. In the first meeting between the two teams at Burlington three weeks ago, the Wranglers tallied only 12 points on the night. They equaled that total early in the second period.
Shoshoni played even with the Huskies in the opening five minutes of the game. Lawry Johnson knotted the score at 7-7 on a baseline drive, but Burlington erupted for eight unanswered points and the flurry brought a pair of time outs from Shoshoni head coach Dan Martin.
Shoshoni kept it close in the second, with a highlight coming on another Johnson drive that drew the Husky defense in tight. The junior guard then passed outside to a wide-open Brace Pingetzer, who drained a 3-pointer with 6:37 left in the half.
A pull-up trey by Johnson off the dribble ended Shoshoni's brief flurry and the Huskies took a 36-20 lead on nearly perfect perimeter shooting until the final seconds of the half.
Nathaniel Lutz drove the baseline as the buzzer sounded and hit a last-second shot for the Wranglers' final points of the half.
Shoshoni's offense slowed dramatically in the second half as Burlington's man defense picked up the intensity.
Mason Steffen hit a trey two minutes into the third, but Burlington's Trevor Wardell hit one as well just five seconds later, and the Huskies began to roll late in the period.
Burlington poured on 20 points in the final period to blow open a tight game.
Shoshoni's only offense came in a 3-pointer by Johnson with 7:19 left in the fourth.
The Wranglers were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.
SHOSHONI 10 12 6 3 -- 31
BURLINGTON 17 19 10 20 -- 66
Shoshoni -- Triston Parrish 1 0-0 2, Mason Steffen 1 (1) 0-0 5, Josh Thoren 2 3-6 7, Brace Pingetzer 1 (1) 1-2 6, Micah Mills 0-2 0, Lawry Johnson 1 (2) 1-2 8 , Nathaniel Lutz 2 0-1 4. Totals 7 (4) 5-11 33
Burlington -- Matt Carrizales 4 1-2 9, Daniel Davidson 6 4-6 16, Jess McNiven 6 2-5 14, Trevor Wardell 4 0-0 8, Nick Carrizales 3 0-0 6, James Davidson 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 (3) 7-13 66