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Tigers Keep Winning Streak Alive

Posted: Thursday, Feb 6th, 2014

Tiger BB action against the Broncs and Cyclones

As was the two conference games in Lusk a few weeks ago, last weekend’s games at Southeast and Burns were similar in nature. While the Cyclones are not a contender in the conference and state hierarchy, the Broncs have deep tournament runs in mind.

When SE visited Lusk, the Tigers started slow before running away from their Goshen County rivals. Friday in Yoder was the same story as Derick VandeBossche provided the early energy with a layup and free throw, followed shortly by a Logan Lamar steal. Lamar took the ball right to the hoop before a nifty behind the back bounce pass to Derick for the easy layup and 11-6 lead. Hunter Dockery’s three free throws near the end pushed Lusk to a 22-14 lead after one period. As is typical, the second period was quite explosive for the Tigers. Lamar hit a jumper and the free toss, Adam Kraft sank a trey, and Lamar sank a three pointer to push a 12-1 run for Lusk. Lamar had five more baskets in the period, enroute to a 17 point quarter. NCHS surged to a 44-17 halftime lead as the Cyclones managed just three points-all from the line.

After another 12-2 run the JV came in to finish the third quarter with a 62-27 lead. Head coach Rich Murray shuffled the starters and JV in and out in waves during the final quarter as NCHS cruised to the 72-44 win.


NCHS 22-22-18-10-72

SOUTHEAST 14-3-10-17-44


NCHS 28/50 FG, 2/10 3PT, 10/15 FT, 36 REB, 11 TO, 18 PF

SOUTHEAST 9/33 FG, 5/12 3PT, 11/20 FT, 32 REB, 20 TO, 13 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Lamar 21, Dockery 16, D. VandeBossche 16, M. VandeBossche 6, Justin Robinson 4, Adam Kraft 3, Zach Venable 2, Jacob Robinson 2, Tyler Harris 2. Rebounds- D. VandeBossche 13, Venable 6. Assists- D. VandeBossche 6, Denton Shaw 5.

Like the Bronc game in Lusk, Saturday’s trip to Burns was a hard fought battle until the Tigers held on to pull out a victory. The home team’s zone defense kept Lusk’s shooters from getting into a rhythm and led 14-8 after one quarter. The second quarter was more of the same as the Broncs used their size to gain a 20-12 lead. Some very physical possessions got Lusk within 24-19 at halftime to set up the second half nail-biter.

Denton Shaw (after going scoreless in Yoder) and D. VandeBossche started a 6-0 run for the Tigers before Dockery’s long range firing pushed the Tigers ahead for good. The deadeye senior drilled four triples in the final minutes of the third quarter-including a 25 foot dagger at the buzzer for a 42-33 lead. The home team fought back to tie the game at 45 and Tiger fans that braved cold temps and treacherous roads were suddenly very nervous in a traditionally difficult place to gather wins. The game was tied at 47 with just under two minutes to go before D. VandeBossche got a tough layup and free throw, followed by brother Matt’s two free tosses at :41 pushed the lead to five points. M. VandeBossche got free for a layup and Shaw’s pair of free throws sealed the game at 56-49. Bronc fans, players and coaches were furious and certainly hope they get another shot at the Wyopreps second-ranked Tigers during regionals.


NCHS 8-11-23-14-56

BURNS 14-10-9-16-49


NCHS 16/30 FG, 4/14 3PT, 12/18 FT, 34 REB, 15 TO, 15 PF

BURNS 13/35 FG, 5/16 3PT, 8/15 FT, 31 REB, 14 TO, 19 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Shaw 14, Dockery 13, Lamar 11, D. VandeBossche 9, M. VandeBossche 7, Venable 2. Rebounds- D. VandeBossche 9, M. VandeBossche 6. Assists- D. VandeBossche 5.

The JV beat Southeast 41-31 as Venable led with ten points. They gave Burns a 16 point lead to begin the fourth quarter before Kraft got hot in leading the Tigers to a 45-42 win. He led the team with 20 points-18 coming in the final period.

The C squad lost 42-31 to Glendo on Jan. 28 as Taylor Molzahn led the Tigers with 11 points and Monte Wade grabbed 13 rebounds. They also dropped their weekend games in Yoder and Burns. The Cyclone score was 41-31 as Molzahn led with 17 points while the Broncs got the best of NCHS 45-30 and Molzahn led again with eight points.

This week Lusk gets back on the floor at Tiger Gym as Lingle-Ft Laramie visits Friday before a road trip to Hot Springs, S.D. on Saturday. Friday game times are 4 p.m. (LEMS) for the JV and 7 p.m. for varsity. On Saturday C squad starts at 11:30 a.m., JV at 1 and varsity at 4 p.m. On Feb. 10 the C squad hosts the Torrington freshmen at 6:30 p.m. before a Tuesday trip to Guernsey to face the second-ranked 1A Vikings. JV begins at 4 and varsity at 7 p.m.

For the complete article see the 02-05-2014 issue.

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