Mar 2, 2012 - StaffCasper Kelly Walsh emerged from a battle of slow-down offenses Thursday to claim a 33-18 victory in the first round of the Class 4-West boys basketball regional tournament at Riverton High School.
The two teams must have been close to a record for fewest points scored in the first quarter of a regional tournament game. Only Jerome Krysl's buzzer beating hook shot for Green River prevented a score of 3-2 at the first break. As it was, the score was 5-2 Green River.
KW produced the only significant scoring of the game in the second period. Terry Jackson nailed two 3-pointers, and Tim Ngana got five points in the paint as the Trojans outscored Green River 13-2 in the quarter. The Wolves were held to single-digit output in all four quarters.
Kelly Walsh routinely consumed more than a minute of clock time per possession, and Green River simply didn't have enough chances on offense to close the gap in the second half. Ridge Leinen's 3-pointer with 20 seconds to play produced Green River's only points of the fourth quarter.
Jackson led all scorers with 11 points for the Trojans. Ngana has eight. Krysl's four was high for the Wolves. Leinen was joined with three points by Tyler Trumble and Kenyon Baker.
Green River was eliminated from the tournament, while Kelly Walsh moved to Friday's semifinal against top-seeded Evanston at 8:30 p.m.
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