SHERIDAN — The Wyoming All-Star boys had a chance, a lay-up even, to win it at the buzzer, but would eventually fall in overtime Friday night.
Montana, the favorite and all-time series leader in the annual All-Star game held off a scrappy Wyoming squad 93-87 Friday night at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome after Wyoming battled from behind all night, eventually forcing overtime. Montana would build a steady four-point lead in overtime and hold on for the win.
Sheridan College head coach Steve Smiley led the Wyoming team, and was more than pleased with their effort.
“All we wanted to do is to make sure that we got the last shot,” Smiley said. “I told them if we get a rebound we’re taking that last shot. And the guys did a great job with that, we didn’t turn it over and we had a chance to win.”
Smiley’s designed high-ball screen for Laramie’s Tyler Loose broke down as Loose almost hit the floor. The ball would bounce to Lander big man Lucas Watkins who rose for what looked like a sure lay-in winner, with the score tied at 83.
But time would expire as Watkins’ shot missed.
“Tyler Loose did a good job, kind of like the Tony Parker play,” Smiley joked, “He kept his balance, found Lucas, and sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in.”
The Wyoming All-Stars were led by Mr. Basketball 2013 Xavier Web, who accepted his award prior to the game and scored 20 points. Webb played his first game in the Dome, where he’ll play next year for the Generals and coach Smiley. Loose and Kade Salisbury (Riverton) each had 17.
“I was really proud of our guys,” Smiley said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them, they played hard they represented the state really well. We were down a lot and we were right there at the end.”
Montana led 54-46 at the half, and looked to run away with things until after the break when Wyoming closed in quickly, tying the score twice in the third quarter. In the fourth, Montana would jump out again to a double-digit lead, but Wyoming would hang in, using a drawn up play out of a timeout to set up Webb for a straightaway 3-pointer and the tie at the end of regulation.
The two teams play again tonight at 8 p.m. at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.
“Absolutely, I think the kids will be disappointed that they lost, they think they let one get away, and I think we’ll play hard and compete. We’ve got to play hard, they’re big and they can do some stuff, but I was really proud.”
Montana now leads the series 48-27.
1 2 3 4 OT
MT 23 31 14 15 10
WY 16 20 15 22 4
WYO: Xavier Webb 20, Tyler Loose 17, Kade Salisbury 17, Wyatt Shinaver 9, Seth Quayle 6, Logan Wasson 7, Logan Burningham 4, Lucas Watkins 4, Marshall McCarthur