As Head Coach Mike Curry said after the game, "disappointment is an understatement," as the Gillette Camels (23-3) were upset in the Semifinals of the 4A State Tournament by Riverton 69-63.
Gillette held a 24-10 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to Cody Kelley scoring 15 of his career high 33 points, but the Wolverines never hung their heads and never gave up as they clawed their way back into the game. In the 2nd quarter Riverton outscored the Camels 19-14 and then in the 2nd half Gillette was outscored 39-25, including 18-2 in the final quarter.
With a 6 point lead in the fourth quarter the Camels tried to play keep away from Riverton, but each time their possessions ended without a shot an instead of points they turned the ball over.
Riverton's Xavier Webb was outstanding in the 2nd half as he scored 25 of his team high 30 points, including 5 3-pointers, which all came from NBA range.
In the first half the Camels turned the ball over just 4 times, but in the second half they coughed it up twice as much and the Wolverines finished with 18 points off of turnovers, including 15 in the 2nd half.
Besides Kelley's career high 33 points, which was the most points scored by a Camel since 2010, Gillette didn't have another player in double figures. Logan Wasson had 9 points, Bryce Lyman scored all 7 of his points in the 3rd quarter. Dylan Haddix and Michael Cook each had 6 points and Tanner Sandvick finished with 2.
For Riverton, also joining Webb in double digit scoring was Seth Quayle who had 19 points. Coley Nicholls had 8 while Jordan Belville and Kade Salisbury each had 5 and Michael Johnston scored 2.
With their first loss to a team from WY this season, that means Gillette will play Kelly Walsh for 3rd place at Casper College on Saturday at 3pm and you can hear the game on 97.3 KAML FM and online at www.network1sports.com/station/kaml
ThenTrojans find themselves in the 3rd pace game after Evanston's Matt Johnson sank a layup as time expired to give them 50-48 OT win and they'll play Riverton in the title game. The Wolverines will be looking for their first state title in boys basketball, while Evanston is looking to repeat.
For complete results for the state tourney go to www.whsaa.org