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Rustler men fall to national juco power South Plains

Nov 13, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

CWC stays on the road this weekend with a pair of games at North Idaho College.

Central Wyoming College men's basketball coach Pat Rafferty felt his team played with good energy in a 73-56 loss to nationally ranked South Plains College on Saturday night.

The game was part of a two-day tournament in Scottsbluff, Neb. South Plains is ranked No. 9 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

The Rustlers dropped to 1-3 on the season.

"Aside from the fact that we lost, it was our best game of the year," Rafferty said. "I came away from that game feeling better ourselves after that game than the game we won the previous night."

The Rustlers pounded Raleigh's Finest 83-57 on Friday night.

"We played with some purpose against South Plains," Rafferty said. "I saw us buying into the style of play that we need to play. I felt better in terms of the process."

Solid opponent

Rafferty had the opportunity to play South Plains often when he was the head coach at Greyson College in Denison, Texas.

In 2011, South Plains marched to the national title with an unblemished record.

"I think that this team at South Plains is equally as good or not better in terms of all the pieces," Rafferty said. "They have more pieces. This team is deeper."

Steve Green is the head coach for South Plains.

"They are big," Rafferty said. "They are active on their front line. Their guards are big and physical.They are smart. They are two deep at every spot."

Despite the loss, Rafferty praised his team's defense.

"We made some adjustments," Rafferty said.

CWC held South Plains to a 38 shooting percent on the floor.

The Rustlers played man-to-man defense. "We tried to keep people in front of us," Rafferty said.

South Plains pulled in 17 offensive rebounds. CWC turned the ball over 17 times.

"We kept it within six or eight points for most of the game," Rafferty said.

At the end of the game, South Plains hit its free throws for the victory.

Staying on road

"We just build on what we did last weekend," Rafferty said. "We have to continue to wanting to play the right way and doing it for an extended period of time. The things that require to win don't change."

CWC plays Friday and Saturday in a tournament in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.

The Rustlers face North Idaho College on Friday night.

"North Idaho is a very good team," Rafferty said. "They are very well coached.

CWC plays Saturday afternoon against Salish Kootenai College from Montana.

"Every chance that we get to play will give us a chance to get better," Rafferty said.

Central Wyoming College 83

Raleigh's Finest 57

CWC 47 36 -- 83

RALEIGH 29 28 -- 57

Raleigh -- Chris Thompson 0 (1) 1-3 4, Jabar Ray 3 (1) 5-6 14, Eric Boyd 2 2-4 6, Dejoun Sanders 1 (2) 2-2 10, Densil Burows (1) 0-0 3, Rontrez Purcell 2 (2) 0-0 8, Jonathan Maurice 1 (1) 1-1 6, Kendall Collins (1) 1-2 4, Joshua Nurse 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 (7) 16-25 57.

CWC -- Daryle Morgan Jr. 2 0-0 4, Isaiah Tademy 3 2-2 8, Ryan Nemelka 1 (3) 0-0 11, Bryce Canda 1 0-0 2, Ricky Norris (1) 0-0 5, Jairo Velez Lopez 4 (2) 2-2 16, Blake Clevaringa 0 (2) 0-0 6, Matt Johnson 2 1-5 5, Malik Wilson 11 (1) 1-2 26. Totals 23 (9) 6-11 83

South Plains College 73

CWC 56

South Plains 39 34 -- 73

CWC 29 27 -- 56

South Plains -- Ryan Martin 1 6-6, Andre Spight 1 (5) 7-12 24. Sekou Harris 1 1-2 3, Malik Nichols 0 1-2 1, Roderick Lawrence 2 (4) 3-4 19, Billydee Williams 0 (1) 0-0 3, Clayton Jones 0 (2) 0-0 6, Emmanuel Omogbo 2 0-0 4, Cedrick McAfee 1 (1) 0-0 5.

CWC -- Not made available from the game with South Plains College from Texas.

Note: CWC will stay on the road for games this weekend in Idaho.

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