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February 17, 2014

Chouteau boys pop Hulbert, 66-54

CHOUTEAU, OK — Junior guard Trenton Pierce put up a double-double to lead Chouteau past visiting Hulbert, 66-54, Monday night in a Class 2A match-up at Chouteau.

Pierce netted 22 points and grabbed 11 boards, both game-highs, to help Chouteau (14-7) defeat the Riders on senior night.

"Our seniors got to finish their careers in their home gym on a positive note," CHS head coach Travis Wheeler said. "This is a big win for us. We're going into the playoffs on a high note."

The Wildcats extended a small early lead to double-figures (32-22) heading into halftime and held the Riders (15-7) scoreless in the first 5:14 of the second half to build an 18-point advantage.

Hulbert went on a 10-0 run late in the third quarter to narrow the Wildcat edge to 40-32, but Chouteau responded with an 8-0 run of its own. Sophomore forward Mason Fielden ended the period with a bang, knocking down a buzzer-beater from the Wildcat logo at midcourt to send the Riders into the fourth quarter down 13 (48-35).

Hulbert continued to cut into the lead early in the fourth quarter. A Rico Wynn conventional three-point play shaved the WIldcat advantage to seven points with 4:14 to play, but that was as close as the Riders would get.

"We had some moments when we would go with six or seven empty possessions," Wheeler said. "We had no patience. I thought late in the game we did a good job of finding our big guys."

Chouteau junior Isaac Carter and Hulbert's Fielden did the brunt of the work on the interior. Carter's three-point play with 2:37 to go put the Wildcats back up by 12 (58-46) and he drew Fielden's fifth foul with 1:12 to play, essentially ending any hope of a Rider comeback.

Carter ended the night with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Fielden led the Riders in scoring, with 19 points.

Chouteau's Arlis Alsip racked up 13 points, six rebounds and five assists, while freshman teammate Champ Bridges netted 13 points and drained a 3-pointer to end the Chouteau drought late in the third quarter.

Fielden added five rebounds and three steals for Hulbert, while Rico Wynn joined him in double-figures, with 11 points. Parker Taylor added nine points and eight rebounds and Brandon Thompson added eight points.

Chouteau seniors Michael Ford, Austin Hershberger and Emeory Phillips each got a starting nod in their last home game. Hershberger finished with three points and Phillips scored two.

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