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Lander boys stay alive at state with Buffalo victory

Mar 9, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Note: Lander lost its final game at the state tournament Friday morning 47-38 to Powell in the fifth pace consolation game. Look for details in Sunday's Ranger.

Lander Valley High School avoided a quick exit from the Class 3-A state boys basketball tournament on Thursday, beating Buffalo 60-46 in a consolation game at the Casper Events Center.

LVHS was knocked into the bracket after losing to Wheatland 43-33 in the opening round Wednesday.

Star Valley and Torrington advanced to the title game on Thursday with semifinals victories.

LVHS finished the win over the Bison shooting 63 percent from the field after the Tigers had a 28 percent percentage vs. the Bulldogs.

"We shot the ball a lot better against Buffalo than we did against Wheatland," LVHS coach Terry Hopkin said.

"If we would have shot like that on Wednesday, we would be playing in a different game. I thought that the kids responded really well."

The Braves beat Wheatland 46-36, and Torrington downed Lyman 57-42.

The championship game is at 3 Saturday at the Events Center.

The Tigers faced Powell Friday in the consolation championship. LVHS was 2-1 against the Panthers prior to Friday's game.

LVHS 60, Buffalo 46

A man-to-man defense put on by the Tigers kept Buffalo struggling in the first three quarters. LVHS built a 46-30 lead.

"The kids did a good job of playing defense for the first three quarters," Hopkin said.

"We kind of gave up some scoring at the end of the game."

Buffalo cut the lead to four points in the second half, but the Tigers held on.

LVHS was 16-31 from the free-throw line.

"We stepped up and hit free throws and converted some layups," Hopkin said.

LVHS landed three players in double figures.

Zach Sanders and Austin Roberts had 13 points apiece, and Lucas Watkins added 12 points.

'It was nice to see that everyone scored that played and to see three players in double figures," Hopkin said.

LVHS 60, Buffalo 46

LVHS 15 14 17 14 -- 60

BHS 9 11 10 16 -- 46

Lander -- Zach Sanders 5 3-6 13, Austin Roberts 2 (2) 3-4 13, Jordan Crane 1 (1) 0-1 5, Derek Peil 2 0-1 4, Tanner Simpson 1 0-0 2, Zac Osborne 1 (1) 0-0 5, Casey Winger 0 4-4 4, Lucas Watkins 4 4-7 12, Derrick Spriggs 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 (4) 14-23 60.

Buffalo --- Dylan 1 2-4 4, Kalob Rodriguez 4 4-4 12, Kye Jensen 0 1-2 1, Seth Hosteller 3 4-7 10, Collin Rodriguez 4 4-8 12, Chris Mikal 3 1-2 7. Totals 15 16-31 46.

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