Wolves Come Up Short in a Close One in Jackson

JACKSON -It was a back and forth game all night as the Green River Wolves and Jackson Broncs traded the lead 15 times. In the end, it was Jackson who was able to convert late to take the 61-58 win.

After a slow start, the Wolves battle back to only trail by two after one. Cameron Morris scored to start the quarter and again towards the end. Devin Love added four and Hunter Spartz had three as the Wolves trailed by two after the first quarter, 13-11.

Defense led to offense as Cameron Morris and Chase Stoeger gave the Wolves their first lead of the game to start the second. Love continued to push the ball and extended the lead to six, 24-18, with eight early points to start the second quarter. Jackson continued to push the action and cut the lead back to one with two minutes left. A Gavin Heiser putback with 20 seconds left pushed the lead back to three but a free throw with one second pulled Jackson to within two at the break, 30-28. Love finished with 14 points in the half while Morris finished with seven for the Wolves.

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The teams went back and forth to start the second half as the Broncs and Wolves traded the lead several times. Chance Hofer hit a three as Green River jumped back up by four. Jackson responded but buckets by Love and Morris kept the Wolves up by four midway through the third. The Broncs battled back and with one minute left jumped back in front of Green River and led after three, 42-41.

The teams swapped the lead for the first three minutes of the final stanza. Morris, Hofer and Spartz all added buckets for the Wolves. A three by Morris with three minutes left put the Wolves up two, 54-52, but Jackson again answered. Love and Morris traded buckets with the Broncs but a Jackson three put them up 59-58 with 30 seconds left.

Green River missed and Jackson hit one of two free throws. The Wolves missed a bucket in the post and quickly fouled putting Jackson back at the line. The Broncs again went 1-2 leaving a last second chance but the Wolves could not hit the final shot.

Morris finished with 19 points and nine rebounds while Love finished with 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the way for the Wolves. The Wolves will be back in action this Thursday as the travel to Rock Springs to face the Tigers for the second time this season.

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