Braves tame Mustangs at home


by Ross DuBray

C-EB’s Senior Nolan Keckler works the baseline as he heads to the basket against Little Wound. Photo by Ross DuBray

C-EB’s Senior Nolan Keckler works the baseline as he heads to the basket against Little Wound. Photo by Ross DuBray

The Cheyenne Eagle Butte Braves played host to the Little Wound Mustangs on Saturday night. In only their second home appearance, the Braves did not disappoint the home crowd as the Braves edged the Mustangs 65-64.

The Braves jumped out to 16-12 lead in the first quarter before pushing their lead to 17 to end the half, holding Little Wound to only five points in the second quarter. The Mustangs would come alive in the third quarter, fueled by Anthony Hopkins’ 13 points, as they closed the Braves’ lead to 11 at the end of the period.

Xavier Norris found Wyatt Knight open under the basket to start the fourth quarter to put the Braves ahead by 13. Hopkins would score five points in the next two possessions to close the Braves lead to eight. Cray Allen would score five points for C-EB to push the lead back to 13 after Cody Young Bear would miss a pair of free throws for the Mustangs. With two minutes left in the game, C-EB led the Mustangs 59-55, but a trey by Freshman Grant Kohlus pushed the lead to seven. Norris made one of two from the line for an eight-point advantage. Little Wound scored eight unanswered points including a three from Ebert Long Soldier to tie the score at 63. With less than twenty seconds left, Norris found Derrick Marrow wide open underneath to jump ahead 65-63. With two seconds left in the game, the Mustangs’ Hopkins drew a foul and found himself at the line with a chance to tie the game. Hopkins had only missed twice from the line at that point, making 12 of 14 bonus shots. Hopkins made the first but missed the second. Cray Allen grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled and sent to the line for a one on one with 1.8 seconds remaining. Allen missed the first but grabbed his own rebound as time expired to edge the Mustangs 65-64.

Cray Allen led the Braves in scoring with 17 points and Xavier Norris finished with a triple double, scoring 14 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. Anthony Hopkins finished with 37 points for Little Wound.

“It was a solid win against a quality team,” said Head Coach Rob Mendoza. “As a team we are still learning.” The Braves head into the second half of the season, and with nine games remaining Mendoza is hopeful that his team will pick up momentum heading into Districts.

The Braves travel to Miller on Friday for a makeup game and play at home on Saturday for their next seven games.

Cheyenne EB 16 34 48 65

Little Wound 12 17 37 64

CEB: Cory Knight 2 0-0 5, Cray Allen 7 2-4 17, Xavier Norris 6 1-2 14, Wyatt Knight 1 1-2 3, Justin LaPlant 3 0-0 7, Nolan Keckler 1 3-3 5, Brockton Veit 1 0-0 2, Grant Kohlus 1 0-0 3, Derrick Marrow 3 1-2 7, Kasten Carter 1 0-0 2. Team totals 26 8-13 65.

Little Wound: Anthony Hopkins 10 13-16 37, Christian Young Bear 2 1-2 5, Cody Young Bear 1 4-11 6, Ebert Long Soldier 3 1-1 8, Garrick Stands 1 4-7 6, Nate Brown Bull 1 0-1 2, Joe Morgan 1 0-0 2. Team totals 19 23-38 64.



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