Jan 23, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRyan Nemelka had the game of his Central Wyoming College career Wednesday night, connecting for seven 3-pointers, including the game-winner in a dramatic 70-67 win for the CWC Rustlers at Sheridan College.
Sheridan College missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Rustlers celebrated the big road Region IX men's basketball victory.
The winning bucket for the Rustlers came with about three seconds left on the clock.
"The final play wasn't just Ryan," CWC men's coach Pat Rafferty said. "It was all four other guys on the floor. We had something in mind. We felt the whole night, we executed things that were going to be effective. The guys did a great job in the decision making."
Nemelka scored a game-high 29 points. He was also 8-9 from the free throw line.
"Ryan is a really good shooter when he takes good shots," Rafferty said. "He made a bunch of shots."
CWC raised its mark to 4-4 in the Region IX men's play. Sheridan College dropped to 18-4 overall and 6-2 in the conference.
"It was a big win for us because we have been knocking on the door a couple of times," Rafferty said.
The Rustlers had lost close games to Gillette College and Casper College.
"The guys have been doing the right things to put ourselves in position to win," Rafferty said. "For them to get rewarded was important. It was a really good college basketball game."
CWC had just eight turnovers in the 40 minutes.
That was important, because "we knew we would get pounded on the glass just because of Sheridan's size," Rafferty said.
CWC was outrebounded 43-27.
"We had to make the most of every possession," Rafferty said. "We need to make sure that we played the right tempo that we didn't allow them to get scattered floor positions."
The Rustlers host Miles Community College at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Rustler Gym.
CWC edged Miles in November 61-57 in Montana.
"If we continue to play this way we have a chance to win every night," Rafferty said. "I hope they really like the feeling that you get from winning."
Sheridan College 70, CWC 69
SHERIDAN 28 42 -- 70
CWC 28 41 -- 69
CWC -- Matt Johnson 2 2-2 6, Eimer Lopez 1 1-2 3, Ryan Nemelka 0 (7) 8-8 29, Bryce Canda 3 3-4 9, Daryl Morgan Jr., 7 4-6 18, Jairo Lopez 0 1-2 1, Malik Wilson 2 0-0 4. Totals 15 (7) 19-24 70.
Sheridan College -- Abednego Lufile 2 2-3 6, Rudolphe Joly 2 0-2 4, Frederic Dure 4 (1) 6-10 20, Jamir Andrews 3 1-2 7, Iakeem Alston 3 5-10 11, Preston Wells 1 0-0 2, Kaileb Rodriguez 1 1-3 3, RaVonn Pssey 4 0-1 8, Jeff Amazan 2 4-8 8.
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