Feb 6, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine Staff WriterAs difficult as last week was for the Riverton Wolverines boys basketball team, this weekend was vastly different. Playing on the road Friday, the Wolverines started slow but put Green River away 66-34.
After another slow start Saturday in Evanston, Riverton stormed back against the conference-leading Red Devil and led into the fourth quarter before falling 56-54.
"Our game with Evanston was really a great high school basketball game. We carried a lead but gave up a couple of baskets that we shouldn't have. I'm proud of the kids and thought they played well," Wolverine head coach Dick Quayle said.
Riverton's win Friday and loss Saturday puts the Wolverines at 2-3 after the first round of Class 4-A West conference games. Overall, Riverton's record is 13-5.
"I'm a little disappointed where we are. We are 2-3, but I think we are better than that. We are still in a good position. I really don't want to play our best basketball now. I want to save it for a month. If we are playing well at the end of the year, that will be good," Quayle
Big win in Green River
The Wolverines bounced back from their mini two-game losing streak to throttle the Green River Wolves.
Three Wolverines scored in double figures, Xavier Webb with 16, Spenser Yowell 11 and Gard Evans 10.
Riverton led at halftime 26-14.
"We played well against Green River. We jumped on them, had them down in a big way, but didn't play a good mental game and let them hang around. In the third quarter, we buried them," Quayle said.
Saturday, Riverton fell behind 16-6 early and had Quayle wondering whether the game would mirror last Saturday's loss at Kelly Walsh when the team fell behind 12-0 and struggled the rest of the
But that wasn't the case against Evanston. Xavier Webb had a 14-point second quarter to lead the Wolverines back into the game. Riverton only trailed by two, 26-24, at the half. The game was tied at 39 at the end of three periods.
In the fourth quarter, the Wolverines, up by four, had a good look at a 3-point shot that would have opened the lead to seven, but it just didn't fall, according to Quayle.
"With five seconds left they had the, ball but we got them to travel. We had a chance on a last second shot, but couldn't convert it," Quayle said.
Webb led Riverton with 19, and Yowell added 12.
Riverton next plays this Saturday, Feb. 11, at Rock Springs. Earlier this year, the
Wolverines beat the Tigers 70-60 in Wolverine Gym.
"I think the kids are starting to see that if we don't make mistakes, we are really a good team. I think the kids have to honestly believe we are as good as anyone in the state," Quayle said.
Riverton 19 5 21 21 -- 66
Green River 6 8 8 12 -- 34
Riverton (66) -- Xavier Webb 2 (2) 6-7 16, Spenser Yowell 5 1-2 11, Gard Evans 4 2-2 10, Tyler Graham 2 2-2 6, Donaldo Holguin 1 0-0 2, Kole Stewart 2 (1) 1-2 8, Kade Salisbury 2 0-1 4, Seth Quayle 1 0-0 2, Jordan Bellville 2 1-1 5, Michael Johnston 1 0-0 2.
Riverton 6 18 15 15 - 54
Evanston 16 10 13 17 - 56
Riverton (54) -- Xavier Webb 2 (3) 6-7 19, Spenser Yowell 3 6-6 12, Gard Evans 0 0-0 0, Tyler Graham 2 2-2 6, Donaldo Holguin 0 0-2 0, Kole Stewart 2 7-10 11, Kade Salisbury 1 1-2 3, Seth Quayle 1 1-1 3, Jordan Bellville 0 0-0 0, Michael Johnston 1 0-0 2.
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