Nov 19, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe grueling road trip to begin the season for the Central Wyoming College Rustlers men's basketball team continued, with CWC splitting a pair of games at a two-day tournament at North Idaho College.
CWC lost an 82-75 decision on Friday to North Idaho College in overtime.
The Rustlers bounced back for a 69-59 victory over Salish Kootenai 69-59 on Saturday afternoon.
The games were played in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. CWC is now 2-4 on the season.
"We are making progress," CWC coach Pat Rafferty said. "We battled hard and put ourselves in a position to win against North Idaho. Everybody is big compared to us. We had our chances against North Idaho."
North Idaho tourney
In the contest Friday night, North Idaho built a 38-30 halftime lead over CWC.
The Rustlers sent the game into overtime when Daryl Morgan Jr. hit a deep 3-pointer to force the overtime period.
"We managed the game well under the situation," Rafferty said. "We got a good look. Daryl made a good shot. "
In the extra session, North Idaho scored the first six points and never gave up the lead.
"We were kind of relieved of going into overtime," Rafferty said. "We weren't ready to pick the game up again.
We had a couple of sloppy positions at both ends of the floor. Then the next thing that you know it's a five-point game. We just never overcame that. That was just the difference. "
Isaiah Tademy led CWC with 20 points on four 3-pointers.
"Isaiah was great in the second half with North Idaho," Rafferty said.
"I kind of had a talk with him. He really responded. He gave us the strong presence that we need from him in terms of being a warrior. He just battled for us."
On Saturday night, the Rustlers played stellar on defense to limit Salish Kootenai to 59 points for the victory.
"I thought that we were a little wild and out of control in the first half," Rafferty said. "We got it back on track a little bit in the second half. We played with more of the style that we need to play for us to have a chance for us to be successful. We turned it around."
Morgan scored 23 points for the Rustlers. Tademy registered 18 points.
Region IX opener
The Rustlers open Region IX North play on Thursday night with a game at Miles Community College.
Miles enters the contest with a 4-2 record.
"Our biggest opponent right now is ourselves," Rafferty said.
"If we do things with energy then we are going to have a chance to win every game."
Sheridan College has the best non-conference mark at 6-1. Casper College has put together a 4-1 record.
After the game with Miles, the Rustlers are slated to play two more games on the weekend before returning back home.
CWC faces Williston State on Friday night. The Rustlers take on Lake Region College Saturday afternoon.
The home opener is Monday, Nov. 25, vs. Planet Athlete Academy.
The game starts at 7 p.m. at Rustler Gym.
CWC 69, Salish Kootenai 59
CWC -- Daryle Morgan Jr, 10 (1) 0-0 23, Isaiah Tademy 5 (2) 2-5 18, Ryan Nemelka (1) 0-1 3, Bryce Canda 2 (1) 4-4 11, Ricky Norris (1) 1-2 4, Jairo Velez Lopez 1 2-2 4, Matt Johnson 1 0-0 2, Malik Wilson 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 (6) 9-14 69.
Salish Kootenal -- Stats not made available.
North Idaho College 82, CWC 75 OT
CWC -- Daryle Morgan Jr. 4 (1) 3-5 14, Isaiah Tademy 3 (4) 2-5 20, Ryan Nemelka 0 (1) 2-2 5, Eimer Velez Lopez 3 2-3 8, Bruce Canda 3 (1) 0-0 9, Jairo Velez Lopez 3 5-10 11, Malik Wilson 2 4-4 8. Totals 18 (7) 19-29 75.
North Idaho -- Braxton Tucker 8 (1) 1-2 20, Nathan Rathbun 1 0-0 2, Cole Kesler 1 0-0 2, King Jordan King 5 (1) 0-1 13, Bryce Leavitt 3 8-10 14, Brad Wallace 1 (3) 2-2 13, Will Dorsey 1 2-2 4, Fuquan Niles 2 0-2 4, Tatafu Nuku 5 0-0 10. Totals 27 (5) 13-19 82.
Region IX North men's
standings, with league
mark list first
Sheridan College 0-0, 6-1
Casper College 0-0, 4-1
Western Wyoming Community College 0-0 3-1
Gillette College 0-0, 5-2
Northwest College 0-0, 5-2
Miles Community College 0-0 4-2
Dawson Community College 0-0, 3-2
Little Big Horn College 0-0, 3-3
Central Wyoming College 0-0 2-4
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