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10 1 The Lovell Chronicle I January 28, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com Bulldogs take two of three, show improvement BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs started their busiest stretch of the '09-10 season with a less-than-spectacular out- ing against the Cody Broncs Thursday night, then im- proved to defeat the River- side Rebels in Basin Friday in a conference game and on Saturday played perhaps their best all-around game of the season to clobber the Tongue River Eagles. The Bulldogs' busy stretch continues with three more games this weekend, all on the road. The Bull- dogs play at Rocky Moun- tain tonight (Thursday), at Wyoming Indian Friday night and at Powell Satur- day night. Lovell led by double digits early against the 3A Cody Broncs Thursday at Winterholler Gym and led at the half, 20-17, before the Broncs rallied to win, 41-30. The Bulldogs then clobbered winless River- side in Basin Friday night, 73-22, and crushed a tough Tongue River Eagles squad Saturday afternoon at home, 78-47. TOUGH HOME LOSS Cody came into Thurs- day's game 2-10 overall, but they had been in nearly ev- ery game and had lost three games by two points each. They beat Powell in Powell 42-38 the night after beat- ing the Bulldogs. "Cody is a team that's a tough one to play," coach Brian May said. "They've been in almost every game and they're a physical group." The Bulldogs were strong early. A bank shot by Tyrel Harrison and a pow- er move on an in-bounds play by Jeff Lewis put the Bulldogs up 4-0 early. With Lovell leading 6-4, Lewis drained a three-pointer and scored on a power bank shot to put the Bulldogs up 11-4, and a final Cody free throw made the score 11-5 at the quarter break. A trey by Lewis on a kick-out by Cody Savage boosted the Lovell lead to 14-5 early in the second quarter, but Cody scored eight straight to cut the lead to one, 14-13. A three-point play by Cody Savage and a long jumper by Lewis sand- wiched around a Cody buck- et left Lovell up by four, 19- 15, and the Bulldogs led at intermission, 20-17. Lewis scored 12 of his 13 team-high points in the first half and was aggres- sive offensively, May said. Lovell struggled offen- sively in the third quar- ter, hitting only one bas- ket and being outscored by the Broncs 10-3. Cody led 27-23 after three periods. Lewis picked up his second and third fouls and had to sit down, and the Bulldogs weren't in sync at the offen- sive end. "They just played sol- id defense and rebounded," May said of the Broncs. "They didn't trap us, they didn't press us. They were patient offensively and that makes you work defensive- ly. It was physical, (a case of) are our posts willing to play as physical as they are?" Trailing 29-23 early in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs rallied with a 6-0 run to tie the score at 29 as Lewis hit one of two at the line and Savage converted a three-point play with 4:36 to play. But that was it for the Lovell scoring except for a final free throw by Har- rison. Cody outscored the Bulldogs 12-1 the rest of the way to win by 11, launching the run with two virtually uncontested drives. "Nobody was rotating, that's frustrating part," May said. "We talk about it and talk about it...I give a lot of credit to Cody. They did a good job at the end." The box score: CODY (41) Jake Dunn 2 0-0 4, John Peterson 3 0-3 6, Brady Guide 4 4-6 12, Evan Kuchel 2 0-0 5, Jeremy Tuten 4 0-1 8, Matt Frost 1 2-4 4. Totals 16 8-16 41. LOVELL (30) Colin May 0 1-2 1, Kade Baxendale 1 0-0 2, Zac Haskell 0 0-0 0, Tyrel Harrison 1 1-2 3, Cody Savage 3 3-4 9, Steven Pickett 1 0-0 2, Aaron Clark 0 0-0 0, Jeff Lewis 5 1-2 13, Jonathan Wakelin 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 6-10 30. Cody 5 12 10 14-41 Lovell 11 9 3 7-30 Three-point field goals - Kuchel 1; Lewis 2. Fouled out - Lewis. Total fouls - Cody 14, Lovel116. CONFERENCE WIN The Bulldogs steam- rolled the winless River- side Rebels in Basin Friday night, 73-22. A three-point- er by Colin May capped a 9-1 run to start the game for the Bulldogs, and they went on to lead 21-5 after the first period. Seven play- ers scored in the opening quarter. Lovell continued to roll in the second period, out- scoring the Rebels 21-3 to take a 42-8 halftime lead. The Bulldogs pulled away to win by 51 points, outscor- ing the Rebels 14-9 in the third quarter and 17-5 in the fourth. May said the young Rebels will grow stronger as they gain experience and maturity, noting that it is hard for any team to not have a strong core of up- per classmen to turn to. He did like the game because it gave the Bulldogs an oppor- tunity to work in their zone offenses, swinging the ball, reversing it and getting it inside. Ten players scored for the Bulldogs, and May said his reserves played hard, with no drop-off in intensity when players came off the bench. The box score: LOVELL (73) Colin May 2 1-4 6, Kade Baxendale 2 0-0 4, Zac Haskell 3 0-0 6, Jared Minchow 0 0-0 0, McKayan May 4 2-2 11, Tyrel Harrison 3 0-1 6, Cody Savage 6 0-0 12, Steven Pickett 4 0-0 8, Aaron Clark 1 0-1 2, Jeff Lewis 6 0-0 12, Jonathan Wakelin 3 0-0 6. Totals 34 3-8 73. RIVERSIDE (22) Clint Getzfreid 0 1-2 1, Dan Koch 0 0-0 0, Zach Chfistopherson 0 0-0 0, Jordan Herman 2 2-2 6, Jared Jares 0 0-0 0, Mike Miller 1 2-4 4, JL Miller 0 0-0 0, Bryant Wood 4 1-3 9, Brandon Black 1 0-0 2. Totals 8 6-12 22. Love, 21 21 14 17-73 Riverside 5 3 9 5-22 Three-point field goals - C. May 1, M. May 1. Fouled out- none. Total fouls - Lovell 16, Riverside 10. STRONG OUTING The Bulldogs put it all together Saturday afternoon as they blasted the Tongue River Eagles from Dayton/ Ranchester 78-47 behind 29 points from Jeff Lewis and 16 from Colin May. It was perhaps the Bulldogs' best overall performance of the season as they were ag- gressive on defense and the boards and efficient on of- fense, May said. "What I liked about our boys is that whether we were in a man or a zone (defense), they helped each other very well. They didn't get beat off the dribble, maintained good defensive position, moved defensive- ly and got a hand up when they shot," he said. "We had kids crashing the boards and making it difficult for Tongue River to box out." Offensively, he said, the Bulldogs were knocking down shots, which forced the Eagles to expand their zone and created room for the Lovell post players to operate inside. "We did a good job mov- ing the ball against Tongue River, more so than I've ever seen. Our high-low worked pretty well. Our passing and sharing the ball makes it easier for all of our kids. When kids score and it's not just one or two and when we rebound and take care of the ball we're a DAVID PECK Lovell junior Jeff Lewis powers between defenders to score a basket against the Riverside Rebels Friday night in Basin. Lewis scored 12 Friday, then 29 the next afternoon against Tongue River. pretty good team." Tongue River came in with a 7-6 record and were hoping to avenge a 66-60 home loss to the Bulldogs See 'LHS,' page 11 Grizz split ::c0nference- -games against Buffs, Rebs BY DAVID PECK For three quarters Fri- day night, the Rocky Moun- tain Grizzlies looked like they might spring an upset against the conference-lead- ing Greybull Buffaloes in Greybull. The Grizz fought tooth and nail and trailed by only four points midway through the third quarter and by only six after three periods. Then the wheels feU off. Though fired up and try- ing their hardest, the Grizz could not execute on offense in the fourth period and fell to the Buffs 58-34. Returning home Satur, day, the Grizz clobbered the winless Riverside Rebels 65- 31 to earn a split of the two conference games. "We spent a lot of time last week looking at our- selves and trying to find where our strengths are and hopefully use them against chinks in their armor," coach Michael Simmons said of his preparations for Greybull. "Jim (Prather) and I have coached against each other for five years. We're very familiar with each oth- er's styles and preferences. There are no secrets. We spent a lot of time last week trying to convince our kids that there would be no sur- prises, that they needed to go out and do things to be in position to be competitive down the stretch." And competitive they were. Simmons said he and his staff break down the game into four-minute incre- ments to "extend the game" such as, "Play the first four minutes and we'll talk," he said. He said it works well with a fairly inexperienced team. Using that approach, the Grizz continually matched or nearly matched the 13-1 Buffs. Simmons said he again emphasized the inside-out approach but gave his perimeter players the green light to take the shot. As a result, the Grizz hit four early three-pointers, two from Austin Leonhardt and one each from Brandon Foster and Jeff Sanders to build an early 12-8 lead be- fore the Buffs came back to lead at the quarter break, 15-12. "That was part of the game plan, to just keep 'era honest," Simmons said of the outside attack. "I never thought we would score 12 points all on three-pointers. That wasn't what we were looking for, but that was the result;" Rocky's fifth trey of the game, this time by Bran- don Bulanek, helped keep the Grizz close in the second quarter at 21-18, but the home team pu~ together an 8-0 run and sent on to lead at intermission, 29-20. Simmons said the Grizz made some subtle adjust- ments to their zone offense in the second half to get Fos- ter free on the outside while KJ Blackburn was operat- ing down low. As a result, Foster scored 6 points in' the third as the Grizz hung tough with the Buffs. Thom- as Troutman'sjumper pulled the Grizzlies to within four point at 32-18 with 3:30 to play in the third but Black- burn picked up his fourth foul on an offensive charge call that could have gone ei- ther way, and Greybull led at the end of three, 36-30. "That's what we wanted him to do," Simmons said, noting that coaches urged the Grizzlies to be aggres- sive because they weren't getting to the foul line. "There are no excuses for two free-throw attempts in a game." Greybull hit a couple of baskets early in the fourth quarter to pull out to an 11-point lead, 41-30, then turned up the heat on de- fense and forced turnovers in the 2-2-1 press that led to three consecutive baskets and a 48-30 lead. "For us to be successful, we have to learn to take care of the ball in that situation," Simmons said. The Buffs went on to ex- tend the run to 16 points be- fore a bucket by Blackburn stopped the bleeding. Grey- bull went on to win by 24 points. "We were disappoint- ed to see the game end that DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain point guard Thomas Troutman fires up a jumper against the Greybull Buffs Friday night in Greybull. He hit the shot as the Grizzlies hung tough with the conference-leading Buffaloes. way, but the coaching staff feels there are things we can take from that game to build on," Simmons said. "Grey- bull is a good team." The Grizz shot 45 per- cent from three-point range and 34 percent overall. Greybull shot just 15 per- cent from downtown and 35 percent overall, but got off 25 more shots and took 12 more free throws. They also out-rebounded the Grizz 41- 31 and had just 13 turnovers to Rocky's 35. The box score: ROCKY (34) Thomas Troutman 1 0-0 2, Brandon Bulanek 1 0-0 3, Logan Friedly 1 0-0 2, Luke Leonhardt 0 0-0 0, Tyrell Humphreys 0 0-0 0, Austin Leonhardt 3 0-0 8, KJ Blackburn 2 1-2 5, Brandon Foster 5 0-0 11, Martin Consuelos 0 0-0 0, Jeff Sanders 1 0-0 3. Totals 14 1-2 34. GREYBULL (58) Dillon McCoy 0 0-0 0, Austin Frazier 7 6-6 21, Jordan Jotiey 3 0-0 6, Seen Sylvester 2 0-0 4, Braden Miller 5 1-4 11, Travis Sy!vester 1 2-2 5, Seth Hoblit 2 0-0 4, Cody Du~ 0 0-0 0, Hayden Goton 3 1-2 7. Totals 23 10-14 58. Rocky 12 8 10 4-34 Greybull 15 14 7 22-56 Three-point field goals - A. Leonhardt 2, Bulanek 1, Foster 1, Sanders 1; Frazier 1, S. Sylvester 1. Fouled out- none. Total fouls - 'Rocky 15, Greybul112. HOME COOKING The Grizzlies returned home to face the Riverside Rebels Saturday afternoon and won going away, 65-31. The sophomore-dominated Rebs are winless this season but have some talent, albeit young talent. "In a couple of years they're going to be tough," Simmons said. "Brent (Win- ters) is doing a good job and they're deep enough on the bench now that they can go to it." Riverside jumped out to an early lead, Simmons said, and the Grizzlies had to bat- tle back to lead at the end of one, 16-12. The Rebels came out in a man-to-man, which surprised Rocky coaches, Simmons said, adding that he had been looking forward to getting some work with the team's zone offenses. Foster thrived against the man, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. The scor- ing was more balanced in the second period as Rocky took charge by outscoring the Rebels 21-8 to lead 37- 20 at halftime. The Grizz went on to outscore River- side 12-5 in the third quar- ter and 16-6 in the fourth to win by 34 points. Saturday's statistics were turned completely around from Friday. This time the Grizz got off 71 shots compared to 48 for Riverside, hit 10 of 16 free throws, out-rebounded the Rebs 52-36 and had only 14 turnovers. "We know what we need to do, we just need to go an execute it," Simmons said. "Our stints of good play are increasing." Foster finished with a team-high 25 points, 10 re- bounds, five assists and six steals for his best all-around game of the season. Bulanek added 11 points, Black- burn 10 points and eight re- bounds. The box score: RNERSIDE (31) Clint Getzfried 2 0-1 4, Jordan Herman 1 0-0 3, Jared Jares 3 3-4 10, Mike Miller 2 0-5 4, JL Miller 0 0-0 0, Bryant Wood 3 1-1 7, Brandorr Black 1 1-2 3. Totals 12 5-13 31. ROCKY (65) Thomas Troutman 0 2-2 2, Brandon Bulanek 4 2-4 11, Logan Friedly 1 0-0 3, Luke Leonhardt 1 0-0 2, Tyrell Humphreys 0 1-2 1, Austin Leonhardt 2 0-0 5, KJ Blackburn 4 2-2 10, Brandon Foster 11 3-6 25, Martin Consuelos 1 0-0 2, Jeff Sanders 2 0-0 4. Totals 26 10-16 65. Riverside 12 8 5 6-31 RockyMt. 16 21 12 16-65 Three-point field goals - Herman 1, Jares 1; Bulanek 1, Friedly 1, A. Leonhardt 1. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Riverside 15, Rocky 16. BULLDOGS TO TOWN The Grizz will host the Loved Bulldogs tonight (Thursday) at 4 (JV in Deav- er) and 7 p.m., and it should be a competitive game. The Bulldogs are 7-5 overall, 2-2 in conference games, while the Grizz are 7-6 overall, 2-1 in conference. Both teams have young guards and a strong inside game. "We match up well. The strength for both teams is in the inside," Simmons said. "It will be interesting to see which guards can control the tempo and get the ball inside to the'bigs. We'll see what happens." After a break Friday, the Grizzlies will host the Big Horn Rams Saturday afternoon. Simmons noted that the Rams used to at- tend the opening-weekend tournament in the south end of the county but it has been a few years since the Rams and Grizz have met. He said the focus this week will be on Lovell until Friday, when the team will think about the Saturday non-confer- ence game. Big Horn leads the 2A Northeast at 4-1, 11-5 over- all. Game times have been changed for Saturday's con- tests, Athletic Director Dave Beemer announced Monday. JV games (boys and girls) are now scheduled for noon, followed by the varsity girls at 1:30 and the varsity boys at 3 p.m.