Jan 20, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander Valley High School put together an 11-0 run to open their Class 3-A West boys basketball game Friday night at Pinedale on its way to a 63-21 victory.
The win by the LVHS Tigers was their second league victory in a row. The Tigers beat Mountain View last weekend at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
LVHS is now 2-3 in conference play. Pinedale is winless at 0-6.
"I'm thrilled with the way that we played defense, and the way they came out and got after Pinedale," LVHS coach Terry Hopkin said. "After a long bus ride, we were ready to play. This is the first time that I felt that all year long."
LVHS plays Friday night at Powell. The Tigers stay in Park County for a Saturday afternoon game vs. Cody. Powell is 4-1 in league play.
"In the last four or five years, Powell has had winning seasons," Hopkin said. "They have been rated in the top five.
"Last year, they probably had their best chance of winning it all. This year, they come back with a solid core."
Powell pounded Worland 68-35 on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in its last outing. Powell had this weekend off.
"Powell has a big kid inside that also likes to shoot the 3-pointer," Hopkin said.
"He is their main gun. We have to shut down an offense that likes to look for an inside basket. They are strong defensively. They have been winning some basketball games as of late."
LVHS boys 63, Pinedale 21
"In the first quarter, we mixed things up," Hopkin said. "We went zone, and we played man-to-man."
Pinedale was confused all first quarter long on offense, scoring just three points.
LVHS was up 14-3 after one quarter and 26-12 at halftime.
The Tigers committed just one turnover in the first period.
LVHS put on a zone press against that worked well.
"We put a lot of pressure on them," Hopkin said. "We didn't give them very many good looks. They were taking shots that they normally wouldn't take. They were a pretty frustrated bunch of kids at half. We just didn't give them a lot of open looks."
Hopkin changed up the defense in the second half.
"We came out man in the third quarter," Hopkin said. "We didn't do anything special."
LVHS center Lucas Watkins scored a team-high 13 points. Hunter Bregar added 12 points on four 3-pointers.
Lander 63, Pinedale 21
LVHS 14 12 13 13 -- 63
PINEDALE 3 9 5 3 -- 21
Lander -- Lucas Watkins 5 3-9 13, Hunter Bregar (4) 0-0 12, Casey Winger 3 2-2 8, Adam Shipley 3 1-2 7, CooXooeii Black 3 0-0 6, Jess Oldham 3 0-0 6, Alex Hogan 2 0-0 4, Jordan Crane 0 3-3 3, Nate Linton 1 0-0 2, Jaxon Hedges 0 2-4 2. Totals 20 (4) 11-20 63.
Pinedale -- Castillo 2 (2) 1-1 11, Maka 1 3-3 5, Colviet 1 1-3 3, Sanders 1 0-0 2, Smith 1 0-2 2. Totals 6 (2) 5-9 21.
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