Chief boys cruise past Shoshoni

Jan 6, 2013 By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

SHOSHONI -- Wyoming Indian took a huge 20-point lead in the opening period and coasted to a 73-43 win in a boys Class 2-A Southwest basketball game Shoshoni on the road Friday night. The game was the conference opener for both schools.

Longtime Wyoming Indian fans are accustomed to wide margins of victory, but this year's team is doing it in a different style from the familiar run and gun.

The Chiefs' press remains formidable, and transition baskets still come in quick succession but a potent low-post game adds variety to the offense and makes defense even more difficult.

Wyoming Indian's "Twin Towers" of 6-5 senior Trevor Williamson and 6-4 junior Joseph Howell accounted for 33 points in the contest.

Shoshoni opened in a man-to-man defense, and the Chiefs took the ball immediately to the paint. The Wranglers' 6-4 senior post Josh Thoren did an excellent job defending one of the Wyoming Indian posts and led all scorers with 20 points himself, but the Chiefs went hard at the post Thoren was not defending, and the strategy produced point-blank baskets throughout the first three periods of the game.

Along with the play in the low post, the Chiefs' quickness was evident in drives by Wilson Clifford and Tyler Penetac and the outside shooting of Alvin Spoonhunter, Donald Clifford and Tristan Gardner.

After the opening period onslaught Shoshoni played well defensively but couldn't generate any consistent offense aside from Thoren's follow shots. Poor shooting hampered the Wranglers on many possessions as well, with Shoshoni missing 14 shots from within three feet of the basket.

Wyoming Indian's full court, man-to-man pressure produced a lot of turnovers in the opening period.

When the Chiefs backed off to a mixed half-court defense of man, zone and a trapping zone, they were still able to generate turnovers.

Shoshoni's halfcourt man,1-3-1 zone and quick defensive drop limited easy layups by the Chiefs, but in the half court the Williamson-Howell tandem was nearly impossible to stop.

Thoren's 20 points and 13 rebounds led the Wranglers, while Brace Pingetzer tallied nine.

Howell led Wyoming Indian with 17, Williamson tallied 16, and Spoonhunter scored 11 with a pair of 3-pointers.

SHSR00; 5 13 12 13 -- 43

WIHS 25 14 21 13 -- 73

Shoshoni -- Triston Parrish 1-2 1, Mason Steffen 1 (1) 0-0 5, Josh Thoren 7 (1) 3-6 20, Brace Pingetzer 4 1-2 9, Lawry Johnson 1 0-0 2, Nathaniel Lutz 2 1-3 7. Totals 15 (2) 7-13 43.

Wyoming Indian -- Shane Willow 1 0-0 2, Tyler Penatac 2 (1) 1-2 8, Donald Clifford 1 0-0 2, Tristan Gardner 3 0-0 6, Wilson Clifford 4 1-4 9, Joseph Howell 8 1-1 17, Alvin Spoonhunter 1 (2) 3-3 11, Trevor Williamson 7 2-2 16, Robert Aragon 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 (3) 8-12 73.

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