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Tharp paces Rams to first-round win

Tharp paces Rams to first-round win

Feb 22, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The game plan created by the Dubois High School boys basketball team Thursday night was to go inside all game long to 6-foot-5 center Austin Tharp in the opening round game of the Class 1-A West regional tournament at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

Tharp had his way with the smaller Encampment Tigers, scoring 22 points in a 55-43 victory to advance into Friday night's semifinal game with Burlington.

Encampment beat Dubois by more than 20 points in the first game of the regular season.

"It was great for us to come back and beat them," Dubois coach Aric Hanusa said. "The guys played like a team. The guys really came together. For us, it's one more game closer to state. The guys hustled. They stuck to the game plan. They did a nice job."

Burlington crushed Meeteetse 80-28 in another opening-round game. Burlington is the No. 1 seed from the Northwest division.

Dubois entered the double-elimination tournament as the No. 3 seed from the Northwest conference.

"It's fantastic to get a win," Tharp said. "It's great having guards that respect you as an inside force. They give up 3-pointers to give you the ball."

The top four teams advance to the Class 1-A state tournament.

"We just need to win another game," Hanusa said.

The title game of the West regional tournament is at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

"We just have to keep the communication going," Tharp said. "We have really came together the last couple of weeks. We are really starting to click."

Dubois 55, Encampment 43

Tharp was around the basket in the first period vs. Encampment.

"Austin did a great job for us," Hanusa said. "He was focused and ready to play. He really set the tempo early. They had a hard time finding the answer for him."

Tharp had six points in the first period and four more in the second. Encampment made a run in the final period, but Dubois never let them get in front.

"At the start of the game, I had one guy on me," Tharp said. "After that, I just started to get two. When I got the ball, I would just three or four guys on me."

Nathan Moore scored 15 points. Moore is listed at 5-11.

"Nathan plays big for his size," Hanusa said. "He plays great defense.

He is able to score. Nathan and Austin are brothers and that helps. They have been playing basketball for years."

Dubois boys 55, Encampment 43

DUBOIS 13 10 9 23 -- 55

EHS 6 8 13 16 -- 43

Dubois -- Austin Tharp 10 2-2 22, Billy Yaracz 1 0-0 2, Kurt Leseberg 1 (1) 0-0 5, Kolter Leseberg 1 1-2 3, Walker Carrico 3 2-2 8, Nathan Moore 4 (2) 1-2 15. Totals 20 (2) 6-8 55.

Encampment -- Gaven Pantle 3 (2) 4-7 16, Harold Jackson 0 (2) 0-0 6, Kyle Wessel 5 2-2 12, AJ Kuster 3 3-6 9. Totals 11 (4) 9-15 43.

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