Frank Gambino, WyoPreps.com

The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies beat the Big Piney Punchers in Casper on Saturday night for the Class 2A boys state basketball championship.

This is Rocky Mountain's fourth title in school history. This is the school's first championship since 1998.

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The first half of the play was going in favor of Big Piney until a few big plays by the Grizzlies changed the narrative.

The Punchers held a 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and was set to go into halftime with the lead.

Branson Robinson of Rocky Mountain hit a 3-pointer as time expired in the second quarter giving his team the lead and momentum going into halftime. The score was 22-21 in favor of Rocky Mountain.

Rocky Mountain had a strong third quarter by outscoring the Punchers 14-7 in that quarter.

Big Piney did not step down as they bounced back in the fourth quarter. The Punchers outscored the Grizzlies 14-6 in the fourth quarter and were able to force overtime. The game was tied at 42.

Rocky Mountain got some solid baskets from Jess Wambeke in overtime and the team did not slow down.

It seemed as though Big Piney used all of its points to force the overtime as Rocky Mountain held Big Piney scoreless in the overtime period.

The final score of the game was 53-42.

Rocky Mountain shot 42.2% from the field and won the turnover battle and because of that, the team got 12 points off of turnovers.

The leading scorer for Rocky Mountain was Ben Simmons who had 15 points for his team. Taylor Winland added 10 points, five rebounds, and a pair of assists in the win.

Tyler Banks led the Grizzlies in rebounds by grabbing 10 boards and even scored eight points in the win.

Big Piney shot 35.7% from the field and even got more rebounds in the game than the Grizzlies. The leading scorer for the Punchers was Edwin Gonzales with 11 points.

 

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