Dec 23, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterSHOSHONI -- The Shoshoni Wranglers dug a hole early but nearly pulled off the comeback in a 50-47 loss to Rocky Mountain at home Friday night.
The loss evens the Wranglers at 6-6 on the season, with a two-week break for the holidays before entertaining Wyoming Indian.
Trailing by six with just eight seconds to play, Wrangler senior Josh Thoren flew to a jump stop well beyond the arc and drained a 3-pointer.
Shoshoni head coach Dan Martin called a quick timeout, and the Wranglers rolled the dice with the foul to stop the clock.
The plan almost paid off as Rocky Mountain senior Michael Bernhisel missed the front end of the bonus free throw with five ticks left on the clock.
Shoshoni quickly moved the ball up the floor, and freshman Triston Parrish had a good look at the basket from 23 feet on a heavily defended fadeaway attempt. But the ball was a few inches long and careened off the far side of the rim as the buzzer sounded.
The game opened and finished on similar plays. After a tentative first minute, Shoshoni's Brace Pingetzer hit a trey. Rocky quickly responded with back-to-back jump shot.
Mason Steffen hit a set shot from the corner, then hit a pull up jumper as the Wranglers regained the lead, but Rocky Mountain began to gain momentum. A charge taken by Thoren didn't slow the effort as the game entered the second period.
Lawry Johnson hit a driving layup in traffic and added a pair of free throws to pace Shoshoni's limited offensive production. On the night Johnson was a perfect 6-6 from the line.
Trailing by 11 at the half, the Wranglers came out in the third on a 9-0 run fueled by a 3-pointer from Parrish to cut the gap to 32-28.
Rocky recovered, going inside to 6-3 Kirby Winland and a 3-pointer from Bryce Ward, but Shoshoni refused to fade.
Parrish hit another trey, and Johnson was knocked to the floor on a shot from beyond the arc. He coolly hit all three free throws to close the game to four points.
Rocky had the chance to put the game away, but the Grizzlies missed four free throws in the final minute to set up Shoshoni's final, desperation shot.
Johnson paced Shoshoni with 15, while Parrish added a dozen. Thoren scored 11 to go along with 19 rebounds.
Ward tallied 16 to lead Rocky Mountain with Bernhisel scoring 11.
SHOSHONI 9 8 11 19 -- 47
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 11 17 8 14 -- 50
Shoshoni -- Triston Parrish 2 (2) 2-2 12, Josh Thoren 4 (1) 0-0 11, Brace Pingetzer 2 (1) 0-0 7, Lawry Johnson 3 (1) 6-6 15. Totals 11 (5) 8-8 47
Rocky Mountain -- Joey Jewel 3 0-1 6, Michael Bernhisel 4 3-5 11, Shane Wocicki 2 2-3 6, Bill Despain (1) 0-0 3, Kirby Winland 4 0-1 8, Bryce Ward 4 (2) 2-2 16. Totals 17 (3) 7-12 50
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