Feb 6, 2012 - By Randy Tucker Sports WriterPAVILLION -- For the second time this season the Dubois Rams gave the high flying Wind River Cougars one of their best games of the season.
Wind River gained a little breathing room in the third period to stave off an excellent effort from the Rams 71-60. The Cougars swept the long-standing series this season.
Some teams match up very well with others, and that is the case with the Dubois and Wind River. Dubois sports a quick, balanced lineup with a pair of athletic post players that counters Wind Rivers quickness and driving ability.
The Cougars are one of the most-balanced teams in the state with the ability to hit well from the perimeter. It was their collective long range shooting that proved to be the difference in the game.
Wind River tallied nine 3-pointers with junior Roger Wagon raining is six of those in the second and third periods.
Dubois posts Ty Finley and Austin Tharp accounted for 36 of the Rams' 60 points in the game. Tharp scored over the Cougar defense on point-blank post moves, and Finley drove in from the left or hit multiple follow shots in scoring his team-high 20 points.
An exciting opening period featured three ties before the Cougars took a two point lead at the first break.
A Tharp follow shot with 6:31 left in the second gave the Rams a 14-13 lead, but that quickly evaporated as the Cougars went to the long ball. Wagon hit the first of two treys, with Jesse Brown and Tyson Lone Bear hitting 3-pointers later in the period.
Dubois relied on the dominate play of Finley, Tharp and Nathan Moore in the post with Kayleb Leseberg adding a 3-pointer for the Rams. Wind River held a narrow 27-25 lead at the half.
The third period became a three-for-two exchange in Wind River's favor. Each time the Rams closed on a Mitchell Baker drive or a follow shot from their front line, the Cougars answered with a Wagon 3-pointer. Lone Bear added six points on short drives, and the Cougars built a 13 point margin late in the period.
The final quarter was more of the same. Lone Bear added another 3-pointer, and the Rams trailed briefly by 17 points.
Baker began to drive full court or dish to Finley, and Dubois prompted a final time out by Wind River Head Coach Tony Selph when the score was cut to 66-56 on a Baker 3-pointer.
Wind River recovered and Selph emptied his bench in the final minutes.
Lone Bear paced the Cougars with 24, while Wagon tallied 20, 18 of those from beyond the arc.
WIND RIVER 12 15 26 18 -- 71
DUBOIS 10 15 14 21 -- 60
Wind River -- Ward Gordon 1-2 1, Joe Tidzump 3 1-2 7, Clayton Rennick (1) 0-0 3, Joe Lupher 1 0-0 2, Ryan Weliever 2 0-0 4, Tyson Lone Bear 10 (1) 1-2 24, Roger Wagon 1 (6) 0-0 20, Jesse Brown 2 (1) 1-2 8, Tyler Rupe 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 (9) 4-8 71
Dubois -- Kayleb Leseberg (1) 0-0 3, Mitchell Baker 5 (1) 1-1 14, Ty Finley 10 0-0 20, Nathan Moore 3 0-0 6, Austin Tharp 8 1-4 16. Totals 26 (2) 2-5 60
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