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Oldman gets 82 points in two St. Stephen's victories

Jan 9, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Lakota Oldman exploded for 40 points for St. Stephen's in an 81-69 win over Dubois Friday and 42 more against Meeteetse in an 83-72 boys basketball victory Saturday.

The two games were both on the road for the St. Stephen's Eagles.

Oldman is a junior for SSHS. He was an all-conference player last year.

"Right now, Lakota is playing his ball," St. Stephen's coach Ricky Blackburn said. "He is playing up to his potential that we know he has. He is being disciplined on defense. I don't know what finally clicked."

Oldman didn't get into foul trouble in the two wins.

"Lakota did a good job of controlling himself," Blackburn said.

"He is getting better at not fouling and staying in the game. That makes a big difference having him in there."

The Eagles are 2-0 in the Class 1-A Northwest division. St. Stephen's is 3-7 overall.

"We needed to get the wins," Blackburn said.

"It helped having a full team for once. It made a big difference having Cole Littleshield there. He helps keep the younger guys under control."

The Eagles host Greybull Saturday afternoon in a non-conference battle.

SSHS 81, Dubois 69

(Friday)

"Dubois was a big win for us," Blackburn said. "We figured that they would want to slow it down and go to Austin Tharp."

The Eagles went to full-court pressure right at the start of the game.

"The press gave us a big lead," Blackburn said. "We just kept running. We didn't slow the game down. We just pressed and ran. Dubois had a hard time dealing with the pressure."

Blackburn said Oldman had his outside shot going, and Dubois couldn't slow him down.

"Lakota had a lot of steals and he got a lot of points in his transition," Blackburn said.

Littleshield had 15 points, and Sam Teran contributed with 16.

"Cole did a good job on the boards," Blackburn said. "Sam is good in transition."

SSHS 83, Meeteetse 72

(Saturday)

Blackburn decided to go with a box-and-one defense with the Meeteetse Longhorns to keep Seth Bennett in check.

Bennett is the point guard for the Longhorns. He had just six points in the first three and a half quarters.

"Meeteetse was kind of young, but they have a big team," Blackburn.

"We pulled our starters and that is when he hit some 3-pointers and did some drives," Blackburn said.

Ruben Roman guarded Bennett for the victory. Litttleshield dropped in 16, and Teran ended with 14.

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