Feb 17, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterIt was a long Saturday evening for the Central Wyoming College Rustlers against Northwest College.
The Trappers ran away from the Rustlers in the second half to complete a Region IX regular-season sweep, 79-54. Northwest moved to 5-9 in the sub-region with the win.
Central played well in the opening half, exchanging baskets early, then trailing by double digits, then recovering late in the opening half.
Only four Rustlers scored in the first 20 minutes, paced by 15 from Daryle Morgan Jr. and a dozen from Eimer Lopez.
Northwest is a talented team, and CWC didn't match up well at many positions.
Gabe Solarin a 6-foot guard from Aurora, Colo., was deadly from beyond the arc, hitting five of his seven attempts on the night.Lawrence Fejokwu has one of the best vertical jumps in the region, and the sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria, spent much of the night shooting down at the basket.
CWC played well agaisnt the physical talent they faced in the first half but faded in the second.
"There is a maturation process that takes place over four months and 26 games," CWC head coach Pat Rafferty said.
"We don't have that yet."
While fatigue may have been a factor in the second half, with shots falling short for much of the final 20 minutes of play, for the Rustlers it was preparation during the week that concerned Rafferty.
"We don't have the luxury of not preparing well," Rafferty said. "We don't have the foundation right now. We lost this game in preparation. We had an awful focus this week."
Nine of Northwest's 11 players scored in the contest, and they were sharp at the free-throw line, hitting 15 of 17 attempts.
The Trappers feature former Lovell High School standout Colin May at point guard. The 5-11 freshman ran the floor well and found open players throughout the game.
He finished with five points.
The Rustlers play Tuesday at Casper College, then finish the regular season at home next Saturday with a 5 p.m. game against the Sheridan Generals.
CENTRAL WYOMING 35 19 - 54
NORTHWEST COLLEGE 39 40 W22;79
CWC - Matt Johnson 2 0-0 4, Eimer Lopez 3 (1) 3-6 12, Bryce Canda 2 4-4 8, Daryle Morgan Jr. 2 (3) 9-9 22, Blake Cleveringa (1) 0-0 3, Isaiah Tademy 1 1-4 3, Malik Wilson 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 (5) 17-23 54
Northwest College - Gary Gordon 4 10-11 18, Gabe Solarin 2 (5) 0-0 19, Colin May 1 (1) 0-0 5, Jonothan Newson 3 0-0 6, Franklin Uzonwanne 3 2-2 8, Lawrence Fejowku 4 3-4 11, E.J. Hubbard 1 0-0 2, Kilby Rech 2 0-0 4, Tyler Chandler (2) 0-0 6. Totals 20 (8) 15-17 79
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