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December 6, 2012 The Lovell Chronicle I 11 Bulldogs win two of three in Riverton BY DAVID PECK If he had to grade his team's performance after the opening weekend at the Riverton Tournament, Lovell coach Brian May might give his squad a B - perhaps an A for their defense but a C+ for their offense. The Bulldogs won two of three games in River- ton against Class 3A op- ponents, beating Douglas 35-29 Friday night, fall- ing to Lander 39-34 Satur- day morning and clubbing Worland Saturday after- noon 53-28. "I felt defensively we held our own," May said. "We were able to guard. Our communication defen- sively was solid. We had help. I felt our rebounding was good. It was solid at both the offensive and de- fensive ends. "We need to work on our presses. Our rotations weren't quite where they need to be, part of our pro- gression with new kids be- ing in there." Offensively, the Bull- dogs looked good at times and struggled at others. Point guard Dylan Hult- gren was left at the motel Friday night with the flu, and although he played Saturday he wasn't at full strength. Other players were new to the starting lineup and/or were in new positions. "Offensively our big- gest piece we need to work on is kids forget- ting assignments, forget- ting screens or cutting where they were supposed to," May said. "That kind of slowed us down when we tried to run plays and caused some forced shots at times. The players were a little frustrated or confused. "At times we had some decent looks but just didn't convert. We need to make sure we're setting sol- id screens. It seemed like sometimes we were just running spots and not en- gaging with a solid screen." DOUGLAS The Bulldogs opened the tournament Friday with a solid effort against the Douglas Bearcats at Riverton High School, es- pecially on defense. With Hultgren out of the line- up, junior Chase Tippetts got his first varsity start at the point. "For the most part Chase did a good job han- dling the ball and get- ting us into our offense," May said, adding that, as a team, the Bulldogs had some turnovers due to poor entry passes to the post and passes out to the wing. Lovell trailed 24-22 af- ter three quarters, then outscored Douglas 13-5 in the fourth quarter as Ryan Clark scored 6 points, Cody Savage 5. "The key was our ef- fort," May said. "We crashed the boards and were getting second-chance opportunities to score. Ry- an's 6 points came on of- fensive putbacks. Our in- tensity was better than it had been and at the defen- sive end we got some stops. We didn't allow them to get second-chance points. We had 41 rebounds in the game, 30 defensively." Savage finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, Mysen McArthur 7 points and eight rebounds in his first varsity start, Clark 6 points and seven boards. Brandon Wolving- ton added 3 points and six rebounds. LANDER The Lander Tigers, coached by former River- side and Burlington coach Terry Hopkin, proved to be a tough matchup for the Bulldogs at the dismal Ri- verton Middle School gym Saturday morning. The Ti- gers matched Savage with 6-7 Lucas Watkins, who scored 9 points in the sec- ond quarter when the Ti- gers outscored the Bull- ,,ii!,i,,%i,dii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiii!!i!i!iiiiiii!ii DAVID PECK Senior guard Dylan Hultgren pulls up for a jump shot against the Lander Tigers Saturday morning in Riverton after missing the Friday night contest with the flu. dogs 13-7 to take a 21-11 lead. Savage outscored Wat- kins 20-19 in the contest and hit a three-pointer that cut the Lander lead to 29-23 lat in the third quarter. Later, his back-to- back buckets cut the deficit to five points in the fourth period, but the Bulldogs could get no closer, miss- ing three consecutive treys in the final minute. "I thought Lander came out with a lot more energy than we did," May said. "We picked it up at the end of the third and into the fourth and were able to get some easy bas- kets, which helped us quite a bit. "They did a much bet- ter job offensively in re- gard to being patient, and we couldn't get into a flow at all. Dylan was really tired." Savage finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four steals, Clark 9 points and eight rebounds. The rest of the team had 5 total points. WORLAND ......... It was a di$plL stof/yil against Worland-Sh%urday afternoon at RHS as Lovell clubbed Worland 53-28. The Bulldogs trailed 9-8 after the first quarter but outscored the Warriors 17-7 in the second quar- ter as they converted some steals into points, hit the boards and shot the ball better. Hultgren drained a three-pointer. Lovell continued to pull away in the second half, outscoring Worland 19-10 in the third quarter and 9-2 in the fourth. "We played really good defense," May noted. "They were not able to get many easy baskets. Our of- fense is coming along. We were getting looks within our offensive sets. We got some turnovers, which re- sulted in some transition baskets, and some outside shots fell. We shot 43 per- cent in that game and hit a few more threes (three). We had 23 steals." Savage hit 10 of 14 shots from the field and five of six free throws to finish with 26 points, and he added nine rebounds, three blocks, three steals and five assists. Hultgren added 11 points and four assists, McArthur 7 points and Clark 5 points, four boards and four steals. Tippetts had five assists and six steals, and Austin Ellis added five steals and five rebounds. CHIEFS TO TOWN The Bulldogs will re- new their rivalry with the top-ranked Wyoming Indi- an High School Chiefs to- night (Thursday) at 4 (JV at the middle school) and 7 p.m. "They didn't lose many kids - two, I think," May said. "They had a strong JV team. They're quick and can shoot the ball from the perimeter. They have two big kids who can help in the paint. We always have to be ready for their defen- sive pressure and theiri tensity. It will-he interestS: ing to see what they have.' Grizz get mixed results at Big Horn Basin Shootout BY DAVID PECK After coming out with guns blazing against the Wind River Cougars in the first game of the Big Horn Basin Shootout, the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies didn't fare as well against Kem- merer and Big Piney as the Southwest Wyoming teams adjusted to Rocky's up- tempo style and the Grizz cooled off. The Grizz powered to an 82-48 win over Wind River Friday afternoon at Greybull High School, then dropped a 53-51 decision to Kemmerer Friday night. On Saturday, Big Piney dis- patched the cold-shooting Grizz 37-26. Coach Michael Sim- mons said the Grizz in the early season are at their best "getting the ball to a guard and going," not- ing that coaches have yet to install all of the set offenses. "There will be some things we'll do as the sea- son progresses that will clean that up," he said. "But we've got to move. It's a read and react offense. There are not a lot of rules. I think we're smart enough (as players) to tell them, 'If you see this, do this.' The more we work on it, it will become smoother." Rocky outscored Wind River 19-12 in the first quarter as five players got into the scoring column. Bill Despain and Joey Jewell scored 5 points each, Shane Wocicki 4, Kirby Winland 3 and Cannon Simmons 2. Seemingly in control, the Grizz led Wind Riv- er 30-16 after an 11-4 run to start the second quar- ter, but they went cold after that and Wind River rallied to outscore the Grizz 15-2 the rest of the quarter to pull to within one point at halftime, 32-31. Rocky made some cor- rections during intermis- sion and outscored Wind River 24-8 in the third quar- ter and 26-9 in the fourth to win going away, 82-48. "At halftime we re-com- mitted to what we were try- ing to do - get up the floor, having trust in teammates, and we also talked about choosing and waiting for the right opportunities to trap." The Grizz showed great balance in the game. De- spain finished with 14 points, Winland 13, Mi- chael Bernhisel 12, Wocicki and Bryce Ward 11 each, Jewell 9 and Simmons 8. "As coaches we talked about how fun that is when everybody gets the touch- es," he said. "It was fun." KEMMERER It wasn't as fun against the Kemmerer Rangers Fri- day night at Riverside High School, but it certainly was competitive, Simmons said - and challenging. "They're pretty thick, and they have been to the weight room more than once," Simmons said of the Rangers' physique. "It was as physical a game as I've seen at this tournament in a long time. It felt like there was more of a regional at- mosphere or even a state. Every basket was a battle. Nothing came easy. "There's no doubt in my mind that they saw us play and realized they needed to slow down the tempo." Simmons said Kem- merer pressed the Grizz, not to increase the tempo but to make them work to bring the ball up the court. "They did a great job," he said. "Our possessions were down, and we didn't get a lot of easy transi- tion baskets. We finally got things going in the fourth quarter. We figured out how to deal with it (the press)." Rocky trailed 39-30 after three quarters but fought back in the fourth and eventually tied the score at 51 in the final min- ute on two free throws by DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain junior Joey Jewell powers to the basket for two points during Rocky's 82-48 win Friday afternoon at the Big Horn Basin Shootout in Greybull. The Grizz host Tongue River Friday at 4 p.m. Bill Despain. Kemmer- er worked the clock until about eight seconds were left, then called time out to set up a final play. "They set up Gene Hackman's (from 'Hoosiers') picket fence with a double screen, and we didn't hedge up high enough," Simmons said. "They got around the corner and we didn't recov- er. They (Trevor Simpson) hit a layup at the buzzer. "Kemmerer has always been tough. They play phys- ical basketball and they're coached well. Kemmerer's a good team. They're very fundamentally sound." Wocicki and Ward scored 12 points each for the Grizz, Bernhisel 11, Winland and Simmons 6 each and Despain 4. BIG PINEY Another physical team, Big Piney, slowed the Griz- zly offense on Saturday, winning 37-26. "Big Piney did the same thing to us," Simmons said. "They applied some pres- sure, just enough to slow down the ball. They also mixed up their defenses (zone and man). "But the biggest thing was that we missed some shots early, and that didn't allow us to set up our press. We shot horrid (for the game), about 17 or 18 per- cent. We also couldn't get to the free-throw line (a 14-0 Puncher advantage in shots) in the first half." Big Piney led 6-5 after the first quarter and 15- 11 at halftime, then took charge by outscoring the Grizz 14-4 in the third to lead 30-15. Rocky outscored Big Piney 11-7 in the fourth but it was a case of too lit- tle, too late. Ward and Winland fin- ished with 6 points apiece for the Grizz, Jewell 5, Wocicki 4, Bernhisel 3 and Simmons 2. HOME OPENER Rocky Mountain will host a tough Tongue Riv- er Eagles squad Friday at 1 (JV) and 4 p.m. TR has a new coach in Robert Griffin, who replaces veteran Larry Moser, and went 2-1 at the Thermopolis tournament over the weekend, beating St. Stephen's and Thermop- olis and falling to Mountain View. Simmons said the Ea- gles are traditionally a fun- damentally sound team that shoots the ball well and "does not beat them- selves," adding, "We're ex- cited to have our first game in our gym." Saturday, the Grizz travel to Pavillion for a re- match with the Wind Riv- er Cougars. Due to a morn- ing ACT test, the game has been moved back one hour with the JV games start- ing at 1 p.m., girls varsity at 2:30 and boys varsity at 4. , J ................................................... ,  | .........