Jan 6, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterPAVILLION -- It was the closest the Shoshoni boys have played Wind River in a decade, but the Wranglers still fell 54-50 Saturday in the final minute of play to the Cougar boys in Class 2-A Southwest basketball action.
The loss drops Shoshoni to 0-2 in the Southwest, while the Cougars will sport a 1-0 mark when they travel to Ethete Friday for another conference tilt against Wyoming Indian.
On Friday, the Cougars blew out Riverside 63-34 in Big Horn County.
Shoshoni took a 4-0 lead Saturday on baskets from Nathaniel Lutz and Lawry Johnson before Wind River came untracked on a 14-3 run in the opening period.
Wind River freshman Caleb C'Bearing had the best game of his career in tallying 17 points on quick crossover moves and a single 3-pointer. The final five points of the period came on C'Bearing's trey and a nifty jab-step drive for a layup.
Shoshoni roared back into the game in a new fashion for the Wranglers. Brace Pingetzer hit a 3-pointer, followed by another from Josh Thoren, and the Wranglers closed to a single point.
A pass from Triston Parrish to Thoren gave Shoshoni their first lead of the game at 15-14 and capped the quick 8-0 run.
The game seesawed back and forth over the final five minutes of the half, with neither team leading by more than a single basket. Wagon hit a trey with 1:01 left that moved the Cougars ahead 24-21, but Shoshoni answered with a Johnson 3-pointer just 19 seconds later. The score was tied at the half.
Wind River built a quick lead on baskets from brothers Delshai and Brett Roanhorse.
Thoren countered with a power move and his second 3-pointer to lift the Wranglers up by one.
Shoshoni rallied late in the game on a pair of Thoren free throws and a buzzer-beating trey by Pingetzer.
The six-point margin entering the final period was the largest of the game for Shoshoni, but it evaporated quickly on baskets from C'Bearing and Wagon and a cross-over drive by Ryan Weliever. Another Weliever post move put the Cougars ahead by one, and Wagon's final 3-pointer gave them a 47-43 lead with 3:41 remaining.
Shoshoni rallied one more time on a Thoren post up and a towering trey by freshman Triston Parrish from the top of the key.
Shoshoni's 48-47 lead was brief, with Weliever, C'Bearing and Brett Roanhorse building a six-point advantage with less than a minute to play.
Mason Steffen hit a shot for Shoshoni with 35 seconds remaining, but the Cougars held on for the win.
Shoshoni hits the road for the long trek over South Pass to play Kemmerer and Big Piney in conference action next weekend.
WIND RIVER 14 10 11 19 -- 54
SHOSHONI 7 17 17 9 -- 50
Wind River -- Caleb C'Bearing 7 (1) 0-2 17, Brett Roanhorse 3 1-1 7, Ryan Weliever 3 1-2 7, Delsai Roanhorse 1 0-0 2, Roger Wagon 4 (4) 1-2 21. Totals 18 (5) 3-5 54
Shoshoni -- Triston Parrish (1) 0-0 3, Mason Steffen 1 0-0 2, Josh Thoren 5 (3) 2-2 21, Brace Pingetzer 3(2) 1-2 13, Lawry Johnson 2 (1) 0-0 7, Nathaniel Lutz 2 0-1 4. Totals 13 (7) 3-5 50
WIND RIVER 22 16 13 12 -- 63
RIVERSIDE 8 9 5 12 -- 34
Wind River - Bryce Hankins 0-2 0, C'Bearing 3 (3) 0-0 15, B. Roanhorse 6 2-2 14, Weliever 6 2-2 14, D. Roanhorse 3 2-6 8, wagon 1 (2) 2-2 10, Dylan Lookingbill 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 (5) 8-13 63
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