With 31 seconds on the
clock in the fourth quarter, a 3-point shot
by Tyler Van Etten had the crowd on its feet
while watching the Wrangler boys’ basketball
team during the first conference game
of the season.
The shot tied the game between the
Mountain View Buffaloes and the Wranglers,
52-52. That energy was dashed when
Mountain View sank a final shot to with the
game with less than a second on the clock.
Wranglers’ Head Coach Eric Oran called
the match “a real dog fight.”
“At times we executed the game plan
well on defense, but they managed to get
a lot of buckets inside,” Oram said. “In the
third quarter, we attacked the basket and
started to play the perimeter.”
“Mountain View was a physical team
and it turned into a muscle match,” Oram
On Saturday, Pinedale went on the road
to defeat Lyman, 55-49.
“We did a better job attacking the basket
against Lyman,” Oram said. “This was another
close game with a four to five-point
margin the whole game.
“Van Etten really stepped up with the
leadership in the fourth quarter,” Oram said.
“(Blake) Illoway had a great weekend
and continues to be our most consistent
player on offense.” He currently sits second
for the 3AWest region for scoring with an
average of 16.8 goals per game.
He is followed closely by teammate
Danny Gosar, who is fourth in the region
with 13.4 points per game.
The Wranglers have a 1-1 conference
record and 7-6 overall record, putting them
second in the region behind the undefeated
After hosting cross-county rival Big
Piney on Jan. 24 – results were not available
at press time – the Wranglers will travel to
Star Valley On Saturday, Jan 25. The freshmen
play at 4 p.m., junior varsity plays at
5:30 p.m. and varsity starts at 7 p.m.
“Star Valley is a 4A school and we will
have to earn every minute of that game,”
Oram said. “Playing Star Valley will really
help us grow.”