BURNS – Few teams survive 6-minute scoring droughts, but the Burns boys basketball team did.
The Broncs played stifling defense and shared the ball well during a 53-21 win over Shoshoni at the Burns Winter Classic on Friday afternoon at Burns Elementary.
Burns held the Wranglers to just one basket in the first quarter, and three free throws during the fourth.
“Being able to play pressure defense without fouling and getting up on guys and being physical means a lot to this coaching staff,” Burns coach Sean Patterson said. “We’re going to get guarded that way during our conference season, so we have to get used to guarding teams that way.
“Shoshoni came out pretty intense early, but we sustained it a little bit longer.”
The Broncs got a bucket with 1 minute, 7 seconds remaining in the first quarter. They didn’t score again until Logan Lerwick went coast-to-coast for a layup and a 16-8 lead with 3:07 to play in the second quarter.
That was the closest the Wranglers got the rest of the way.
“We were rushing shots and we got away from that strategy of moving the ball and making the extra pass,” Patterson said. “I called a timeout and told them to get refocused and get back to doing what we were that had gotten us the lead.
“We played at a pretty high level the last 12 minutes of the game or so.”
Burns led 36-18 at the start of the fourth and put the game away in that frame.
“Playing defense the way we did made us a lot more confident on the offensive end of the court,” said junior guard Kaden Lakin, who scored a game-high 12 points. “We were able to get out in transition and get some pretty easy baskets because of our defense.”
Wyatt Ebben scored eight points, while junior post Carter Kirkbride came off the bench to chip in with eight points.
Burns’ game with Wyoming Indian late Friday did not finish by deadline. Information about that game will appear in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
The Broncs close their tournament against Snake River at 5:30 p.m. today.
BURNS 53, SHOSHONI 21
Shoshoni….............… 2 9 7 3 – 21
Burns…..................… 14 9 13 17 – 53
Shoshoni: LeClair 0, Sanderson 5, Cornell 0, Murphy 0, Cousineau 0, Norwick 0, Fike 10, LaJaunesse 5, Griffin 1, Schubach 0.
Burns: Carroll 6, Ickes 0, Lakin 12, Ebben 8, Pyle 5, Evans 5, Kelly 6, Lerwick 3, Kirkbride 8.
Jeremiah Johnke is the WyoSports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-633-3137. Follow him on Twitter at @jjohnke.