Young Cougar boys surprise Dubois

Feb 3, 2013 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Wind River stunned visiting Dubois Friday night at Pavillion with an entertaining 68-57 win over the Rams.

The DHS boys had a decided height advantage, and the Cougars didn't have a senior on the floor all night, but Wind River still avenged an earlier season loss at Dubois behind eight 3-pointers.

If you like the long ball, you would have enjoyed the shooting display Friday night from two Cougar freshman and a sophomore. Caleb C'Bearing led the assault with five treys en route to a career-high 27 points. Fellow frosh Delshai Roanhorse hit one from nearly 30 feet away, while sophomore Dakota Snyder drilled back to back 3-pointers from opposite sides of the court in the second period.

Dubois opened the game taking an early 9-3 lead behind baskets from Billy Yaracz, Kolter Leseberg and a trey from Nathan Moore. Roanhorse hit his long bomb at 5:34 of the first for Wind River's only answer, but his brother Brett came on late in the period with drives and follow shots to close the Cougars to 16-11 as the period drew to a close.

C'Bearing continues to improve as a point guard, and his passing is catching up to his shooting ability. The combination makes the quick freshman difficult to defend. He displayed a quick, jab-step, jump-shot move on a 12-footer as the buzzer sounded.

Snyder opened the second period with a trey that knotted the game at 16 but Leseberg hit a layup to regain the lead for the Rams.

C'Bearing put the Cougars back in front with his first 3-pointer, this one from 27 feet out directly in middle of the floor.

Dubois played flat footed defense for much of the second period and the shorter, quicker Cougars picked up the pace. C'Bearing hit two more 3-pointers then added a bullet pass to Brett Roanhorse through the midst of the Dubois zone for two more. Brett Roanhorse repeated the assist play to Delshai Roanhorse for a basket and following free throw that gave the Cougars an unexpected 34-24 lead. Leseberg hit a trey with 1:02 left in the half, and the Cougar led 34-29 at intermission.

A blaze of treys opened the second half, with Moore hitting the first, C'Bearing answering with a shot from the volleyball spike line, and Stephen Collins hitting another for the Rams. Dubois closed to three points on two occasions and started to defend the perimeter.

Wind River answered by going inside to 5-11 junior Clayton Renick and 5-7 freshman Bryce Hankins. The duo took the ball hard against 6-4 Austin Tharp and 6-3 Walker Carrico , either scoring or being fouled. Wind River built the lead by to 10.

In the final period, Dubois went inside to Tharp and Carrico, cutting the lead to 57-53.

Moore fouled out on a charging call, followed seconds later by C'Bearing hitting his fifth 3-pointer.

Wind River scored its final seven points of the contest at the free-throw line. Hankins hit the first ,then Dubois fouled C'Bearing on five straight possessions in the final 1:26 of the game.

C'Bearing hit the first and missed the second shot on all five attempts. The Rams only scored a single basket in the final minute largely due to the intense, hustling defense of Renick and Hankins.

Dubois entertained highly touted Ten Sleep on Saturday.

Wind River hosts Big Piney and Kemmerer next weekend.

WIND RIVER 13 21 18 16 ' 68

DUBOIS 16 13 13 15 - 57

Wind River - Caleb C'Bearing 2 (5) 8-14 27, Brett Roanhorse 5 4-5 14, Clayton Renick 2 0-4 4, Bryce Hankins 1 3-6 5, Delshai Roanhorse 3 (1) 1-3 10, Dakota Snyder 1 (2) 0-0 8. Totals 14 (8) 16-30 68.

Dubois - Austin Tharp 1 2-3 4, Billy Yaracz 4 0-0 8, Steve Collins 1 1-1 3, Kurt Leseberg (1) 2-2 5, Tage Walker (1) 0-0 3, Kolter Leseberg 6 (1) 1-1 16, Walker Carrico 5 0-2 10, Nathan Moore 1 (2) 0-0 8. Totals 18 (5) 6-9 57.

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