With the 76-68 win over No. 2 Ten Sleep Friday night the No. 1 ranked Burlington Huskies secured the No. 1 seed from the Northwest for the 1A West Regional Tournament that begins today in Lander.
The Huskies went 8-0 in conference play and 21-0 throughout the regular season. They start off the West Regional Tournament in Lander at 3:40 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym at Lander High School. The Huskies will take on a familiar foe first in Meeteetse.
Coach Matt Davidson said, “The season starts over this week. We will be working on defense a lot as we prepare for this weekend.”
The Huskies are averaging 65.1 points per game and allowing just 35.9 points per game. They average 35 rebounds per game, 15 assists and nearly 17 steals.
Three players are averaging in double figures for the season — Daniel Davidson with 14 points per game, Jess McNiven 13 ppg, Preston Wardell 10.4 ppg and Nicholas Carrizales just under at 9.2 ppg.
Wardell is leading the team in rebounds, averaging 10 per game. Carrizales and Trevor Wardell are both averaging more than three assists per game and Carrizales is averaging more then three steals per game.
The Ten Sleep game was a game of runs. Burlington jumped out to a 10-0 lead with Ten Sleep missing free throws and field goals. The Pioneers came back to close within two, 10-8. Burlington held on to the two-point lead after the first quarter, 16-14.
Ten Sleep tied the game at 18 and a bucket to take the lead was called off due to offensive charge call. The game was tied again at 20 but the Huskies opened up a six-point lead, 28-22, and later 30-25. The Huskies finished the second quarter leading by six, 36-30.
The Huskies opened the second half on a 7-0 run and later led by 14, 51-37. Ten Sleep answered with a 7-0 run to close the gap to seven, 51-44. The Huskies shut Ten Sleep down the rest of the quarter as they took a 61-44 lead after three quarters.
The fourth quarter belonged to Ten Sleep as the Pioneers outscored the Huskies 24-15. They opened the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run to come within three points, 63-60.
Daniel Davidson and James Davidson hit some buckets to end the run by Ten Sleep and extend Burlington’s lead to nine, 69-60. Ten Sleep edged Burlington 8-7 in the final minutes and the Huskies held on for the 21st win of the season.
Coach Davidson said, “Ten Sleep played well. (Logan) Burningham and (Friscoe) Erdahl were at the top of their game. We had a difficult time containing them. We fouled a lot and gave them free throws. Burningham shot 16 free throws himself. It was a game that challenged us and forced us to play to the final buzzer. That was good for us.”
He added that rebounding was a big factor in the game with the Huskies grabbing 46 led by Preston Wardell with 17 and Daniel Davidson 10.
“They shot more shots than us, but our percentage was much better. That allowed us to win in the end,” he said.
Trevor Wardell led the team with 18 points and seven assists. Davidson said, “He did a great job of getting the weak side rebounding slot and putting the ball back in hole.
Daniel Davidson added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
“He played tough even with the injury,” he said.
Jess McNiven had 14 points and Preston Wardell 10 to join their teammates in double figures.
Coach Davidson noted that in the fast-paced game James Davidson had no turnovers, “which was great.”
He noted the defensive play of Nick Carrizales and Matt Christiansen and said Landon George provided valuable minutes off the bench when players were in foul trouble.
TEN SLEEP 66, BURLINGTON 76
Ten Sleep 14 16 14 24 — 68
Burlington 16 20 25 15 — 76
Matt Christiansen 0-1 1-2 1, Daniel Davidson 5-12 7-7 17, Jess McNiven 5-12 4-9 14, Trevor Wardell 8-15 2-5 18, Nicholas Carrizales 3-6 0-0 8, James Davidson 2-6 4-6 8, Preston Wardell 5-7 0-0 10. TOTALS — 28-59 18-29 76.
3-POINTERS — 2-8, Carrizales 2. REBOUNDS — 46, P. Wardell 17, D. Davidson 10, T. Wardell 8, J. Davidson 6. ASSISTS — 16, Carrizels 7, P. Wardell 4. STEALS — 13, McNiven 6, T. Wardell 3. BLOCKS — 5, P. Wardell 3. TURNOVERS — 23. FOULS – 24. FOULED OUT — P. Wardell, Carrizales.
Saturday’s non-conference game with Riverside wasn’t as dramatic as Burlington jumped out to a 19-3 first-quarter lead and led 35-14 at halftime. They outscored the Rebels 37-15 in the second half.
Coach Davidson said, “Riverside has improved much from our first meeting. Coach Query has done well with them.”
Eight of the 12 Huskies who played scored, led by Daniel Davidson with 18, James Davidson 17 and Preston Wardell 10. Wardell grabbed eight rebounds to lead in that category.
“It was fun for all of the team to get minutes in the last home game. We saluted our seniors Matt Christiansen Tyrel Henderson and Daniel Davidson,” Coach Davidson said.
The coach was pleased with the 57 percent shot from the field, but more importantly 80 percent from the free-throw line.
“We took good care of the ball and had only seven turnovers. We practiced five different defenses,” he said, noting McNiven led steals with four and Trevor Wardell and Christiansen each had three. Trevor Wardell led assists with five. Daniel Davidson, McNiven and Carrizales each had four.
“It was a strong team effort.”
RIVERSIDE 29, BURLINGTON 72
Riverside 3 11 11 4 — 29
Burlington 19 16 18 19 — 72
Matt Christiansen 2-7 0-0 4, Daniel Davidson 8-112 2-2 18, Jess McNiven 2-7 1-1 5, Tyrel Henderons 1-1 9-1 2, Trevor Wardell 2-6 0-0 4, Nicholas Carrizales 4-6 0-0 8, Landon George 2-2 0-0 4, James Davidson 6-8 3-4 17, Preston Wardell 2-4 6-7 10. TOTALS — 29-53 12-15 72.
3-POINTERS — 2-6, J. Davidson 2. REBOUNDS — 28, P. Wardell 8, D. Davidson 6, J. Davidson 5, T. Wardell 4, McNiven 4. ASSISTS — 23, T. Wardell 5, D. Davidson 4, McNiven 4, Carrizales 4. STEALS — 19, McNiven 4, T. Wardell 3. BLOCKS — 1. TURNOVERS — 7. FOULS — 17. FOULED OUT — None.