Dec 31, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorWIHS downed the Riverton sophomores in the tournament field.
ETHETE -- Wyoming Indian responded to a motivational speech from coach Craig Ferris on Thursday after a couple of lackluster performances to produce a pair of convincing victories Friday to win the boys side of the Fremont County Shootout title on their home court in Ethete.
The Chiefs completed a 4-0 record in two days with a 58-44 win in the championship game Friday night over the Riverton sophomores.
The Chiefs beat St. Stephen's and the Wolverine sophs in pool play in the first day of the tournament.
"We really didn't play with the energy that we needed to on Thursday," Ferris said. "They came out both games Friday and played like they wanted to be here.
If we can continue that momentum into the season, then good things should happen for us."
Behind 14 3-pointers, the Chiefs blew by Wind River 97-56 in the semifinals. Wyoming Indian's Alvin Spoonhunter registered 26 points. Shane Willow and Tristan Gardner had 14 points apiece for the Chiefs.
"I love it when my players come out hitting 3-pointers like that," Ferris said. " It has been done in practice. We do have a few things that we need to work on. We are not fast breaking as much as we want."
Ten Sleep downed the Wind River Cougars 88-69 in the third-place game. The Riverton sophomores upset Ten Sleep 58-54 in the semifinals for a spot in the title game. Saratoga beat St. Stephen's 64-54 for fifth.
Ten Sleep is ranked No. 2 in the Class 1-A division. The Chiefs are the No. 2 ranked team in Class 2-A. WIHS will now play Friday night at Shoshoni.
Wyoming Indian 58
Riverton sophomores 44
Wyoming Indian post players Trevor Williamson and Joseph Howell carried the Chiefs to the title against the young Wolverines.
The two are listed at 6-foot-3 and used the height to good advantage in the paint.
"When you have the size, you always have to use it," Ferris said.
Howell led all scorers with 17 points, and Williamson put in 12 points.
"Those two understand each other," Ferris said. "Joseph has the high post down. Once he gets it inside you know that he is going to go right to the bucket. We need to work on Trevor's strength a little bit."
The Chiefs built a 29-13 halftime lead, but the Wolverines had the score down to 34-24 early in the third quarter.
WIHS made it back on track to win by 14 points.
"Riverton is really disciplined team," Ferris said. "We kind of became off balanced in the third quarter. Our offense wasn't clicking like it should have been."
Brandon Fullerton netted 16 points to pace the Wolverines.
Fullerton had a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter.
Wyoming Indian 58, Riverton sophomores 44
WYOMING INDIAN 14 15 19 10 -- 58
RIVERTON 7 6 16 8 -- 44
Wyoming Indian -- Shane Willow (2) 1-2 7, Tyler Penatac 2 0-0 4, Donald Clifford 0 (1) 0-0 3, Noah Valdez 1 0-0 2, Wilson Clifford 2 1-2 5, Joseph Howell 8 1-2 17, Trevor Williamson 6 0-0 12, Robert Aragon 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 (3) 3-6 58.
Riverton -- Tyler Landis 1 0-0 2, Brandon Fullerton 5 (2) 0-3 16, Chris Quayle 2 (1) 1-2 8, Liam Vincent 1 0-0 2, Jordan Yowell 5 0-0 10, Caleb Richmond 1 0-0 2, Anthony Condie 3 0-0 6. Totals 17 (3) 1-3 44.
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