By HALEY WALK
Pioneer Sports Correspondent
LYMAN – In Lander last weekend, Lyman’s boys nearly cleared out a three-win weekend with wins over Torrington and Douglas and a close loss to Wheatland in overtime.
The Eagles opened the tournament on Friday with a big win over the Torrington Trailblazers, 47-46. The team was led in scoring by senior Cisco Taylor, who had 20, and Kyle Stokes, who had 15. Taylor also led the team in assists with eight, followed by Stokes with six. Skyler Walker led the rebounding game for the Eagles, grabbing eight offensive and seven defensive for a total of 15.
“It was and is very important that we did a good job of rebounding to help get our second-chance-shots off,” said Walker. “Our ball movement has also improved, which is a big part of the game. Our team is not quite there, but we hope to peak at the right time.”
On Saturday, the Eagles were pitted against the Douglas Bearcats and were able to pull out another win, 55-42. The team was led in scoring by Stokes with 19, followed by Taylor with 14. Stokes and Taylor also led the team in rebounding, with 11 for Stokes and six for Taylor. Tyson Gillies also collected six rebounds.
In the Eagles last game of the tournament, they faced the Wheatland Bulldogs. Though the game remained close throughout, the Eagles were unable to pull away with the win, scoring five points to Wheatland’s eight during overtime. The final score was 65-68. The team was led once again by Stokes with 28 points, followed by Taylor with 13, and Gillies with 10. Walker led the team’s rebounding efforts with 11 defensive rebounds and two offensive.
“Our big problem this weekend was playing good all four quarters,” said Eagle senior Dalton Schofield. “That’s what we really need to work on.”
“It was a good chance to see where we are at. It showed us that we need to put together a full game and not play just two quarters,” Taylor said about the tournament. “It gave us confidence that we can compete with any team in the state. We’re not perfect yet, but we’re getting there. It’s all about team.”
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