Rebels grab win over Shoshoni

By KARLA POMEROY!RHS boys vsSHS20130124Oz_0085


Playing one of the best and most complete games of the season Thursday night the Riverside Rebels picked up their first win, defeating Shoshoni 52-47. The win was a good confidence builder for the inexperienced Rebels, who then fell to Big Horn Friday and lost their fourth conference game at Thermopolis on Saturday.

Coach Derek Query said Shoshoni is a good team with good post players and Riverside put together four full quarters to pull out the victory.

“Offensively we were aggressive going to the basket,” Query said, adding that the aggressiveness resulted in 32 percent from the field and going to the charity stripe 42 times, converting 28 for 67 percent. He said they were able go after Shoshoni’s big men and get them into foul trouble.

Defensively, Query said the Rebels played strong pressure defense that resulted in a good transition game through steals, 12, and layups.

The game started with Shoshoni taking an 8-1 lead and later 10-2 before Riverside finished the quarter on a 12-0 run. Getzfreid had seven points in the run and Oz DeNiz had four with Riverside taking a 14-10 lead after the first quarter.

A Shoshoni 3-pointer to open the third quarter set the stage for a tight game the rest of the way. Riverside clung to two-point lead at halftime, 25-23, with Brian Vigil and Royce Mercer getting into the scoring act for the Rebels.

Shoshoni outscored Riverside 5-2 in a defensive struggle in the third quarter and the Wranglers led by one, 28-27. “They switched defenses and we had a hard time adjusting but we finally did,” Query said.

The lead see-sawed back and forth in the fourth quarter with the big turnaround came with less than three minutes to play. Down 40-39, two technical fouls against Shoshoni within about 10 seconds gave Riverside eight free-throw attempts and they converted on six to lead 45-40.

The Rebels went to the line 12 more times the rest of the quarter, hitting seven to seal the victory, 52-47.

Query said the team had its fewest turnovers at 21 and rebounded well, grabbing 31 boards with DeNiz, Mercer and Alex Schwede all grabbing seven boards.

Offensively, Getzfreid poured in 22 points to lead the team Schwede added nine and Mercer eight.

“It’s the best we’ve played all year. It was nice to see us put together four quarters. We had a good first half and we talked at halftime about not just being happy with one half,” Query said.

“As coaches we were pleased with how we played. It was a good team effort.”




Shoshoni 10 13 5 19 — 47

Riverside 14 11 2 25 — 52

Clint Getzfreid 4-10 12-16 22, Tucker McKim 1-6 4-6 6, Royce Mercer 2-0 4-6 8, Brian Vigil 1-1 1-3 3, Alex Schwede 2-4 5-9 9, Oz DeNiz 1-4 2-3 4. TOTALS 11-34 28-42 52.

3-POINTERS — 2-7, Getzfreid, 2. REBOUNDS — 31, DeNiz 7, Schwede 7, Mercer 7, Getzfreid 6. STEALS — 12, Vigil 3, McKim 3, Getzfreid 3, Mercer 2. ASSISTS — 7, Vigil 3, Mercer 2. DEFLECTIONS — 31, Vigil 10, Getzfreid 10. TURNOVERS — 21. FOULS — 14. FOULED OUT — None.

Friday night Riverside hosted Big Horn and Query said the team played well in the first half but unlike the previous night, didn’t continue their strong play into the second half. They were down by four after the first quarter 17-13. A 19-8 second quarter advantage by Big Horn put Riverside down 36-21 at halftime. The Rebels were outscored 33-15 in the second half for the 69-36 loss.

“We had bad passes and decisions on our press breaker. They are athletic and fast and that’s hard to simulate in practice,” Query said.

The team had 34 turnovers, 22 of them coming in the first half.

“We also didn’t box out well and gave up a lot of offensive rebounds,” Query said. As a team, the Rebels had 28 rebounds led by Mercer with seven.

“We let them dictate what shots we took,” he said. Getzfreid led the team with 17 points.



Big Horn 17 19 21 12 — 69

Riverside 13 8 9 6 — 36

Clint Getzfreid 6-14 3-5 17, Tucker McKim 1-5 0-0 2, Royce Mercer 2-5 2-2 6, Ethan Sherburne 0-4 0-0 0, Dan Koch 1-6 2-2 4, Alex Schwede 2-5 0-0 4, Oz DeNiz 1-4 1-2 3. TOTALS — 13-43 8-11 36.

3-POINTERS — 2-4, Getzfreid, 2. REBOUNDS — 28, Mercer 7, Getzfreid 6, Vigil 5. STEALS — 8. DEFLECTIONS — 20, Getzfreid 5, McKim 4, Vigil 4. ASSISTS — 11, McKim 5. TURNOVERS — 34. FOULS — 12. FOULED OUT — None.


At Thermopolis, Query said once again the Rebels had a strong first half. They trailed by two after the first quarter, 13-11, and were down 35-24 at halftime. He said if not for a last second shot by the Bobcats the lead would have just been nine at the break.

The offense struggled in the second half with Riverside scoring just eight points, one in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats scored 42 to hand the Rebels a 77-32 conference loss.

“We had a lot of unforced turnovers and took some ill-advised shots,” Query said. The Rebels had 30 turnovers.

DeNiz led the team with nine points. He and Schwede grabbed seven boards apiece to lead Riverside in that category.

“Clint shot well during the weekend. Royce also had a good weekend shooting and rebounding and Oz came in and played quite a bit. He made a lot of big plays for us and gave us a spark off the bench,” Query said.


Riverside 11 13 7 1 — 32

Thermopolis 13 22 22 20 — 77

Clint Getzfreid 2-10 1-3 7, Nate Vollan 2-3 0-0 4, Tucker McKim 1-4 0-0 2, Royce Mercer 4-9 0-0 8, Brian Vigil 0-1 0-0 0, Dan Koch 0-2 0-0 0, Alex Schwede 1-5 0-0 2, Oz DeNiz 2-5 5-8 9. TOTALS — 12-39 6-11 32.

3-POINTERS — 2-6, Getzfreid 2. REBOUNDS — 27, DeNiz 7, Schwede 7. STEALS — 3. DEFLECTIONS — 8. ASSISTS — 4. TURNOVERS — 30. FOULS — 7. FOULED OUT — None.

This weekend Riverside hopes to avenge an earlier loss to Greybull and pick up their first conference win of the season. In a change from the original schedule, the boys JV will play at 4 p.m. and the boys varsity at 7 p.m. with the girls varsity in between at 5:30 p.m.

“We’ll work to get a conference win and stay out of foul trouble,” Query said. Getzfreid sat out most of the first half in the first game with Greybull with three fouls.

On Friday, the Rebels travel to Ethete to take on Wyoming Indian at 7 p.m. (varsity).

“We need to take care of the ball, get better shots and play better team defense and work on team rebounding,” Query said.