Feb 13, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports EditorSheridan College shocked Central Wyoming College Saturday, outscoring the home squad 18-2 in the final few minutes for 76-69 Region IX North men's basketball win at Rustler Gym.
The Rustlers had a 67-58 lead before the Generals got hot from the outside connecting on three 3-pointers in a row to tie it 67-67. Sheridan's RJ Leverette nailed two of the treys, and Victor Bermudez had one.
Sheridan's Lamont Prosser put his team ahead 69-67, and Robert Heyer added two more free throws for a 71-67 lead.
Leverette hit one more free throw and Prosser used his strength inside for a 74-67 lead. MalachI Roberts ended the run for CWC at 74-69, but the Rustlers couldn't score after that. CWC is 6-6 on the season in Region IX play.
"We were just soft," CWC men's basketball coach Curtis Condie after the game. "Sheridan earned the victory. Sheridan is a very good team. They are well coached, but the bottom line is that if you play soft you are not going to win."
CWC will now hit the road for a pair of league games at Miles Community College on Thursday and Gillette College set for Saturday. Miles is currently leading the Region IX North division at 8-2.
The final home game for the Rustlers is Thursday, Feb. 23 vs. Dawson Community College.
The first run of the game occurred by CWC in the early stages of the first half. James Johnson gave CWC the lead 9-8. Roberts swished a 3-pointer, Armani Flannigan made an inside move for two points, and Johnson scored another field goal for a 16-8 lead.
Jordan Phouthavong came off the bench for CWC and hit a 3-pointer for an eight point edge at 25-17 with six minutes left in the half.
Braden Wright connected for CWC's third 3-pointer of the half for a 29-17 cushion, and Ali Sabra jumped into the 3-point shooting act at 32-20.
In the second half, the Generals cut the score R00;to at 45-35. Roberts quickly answered at 48-35. Johnson was called for his third foul at the 11:23 mark with his squad ahead 54-45. Condie put his star forward on the bench.
Dax Upton responded with by creating a three-point play the old fashion way. Johnson got back into the game with six minutes left and his team up 67-58.
The Rustlers didn't have an answer to the way the Generals played down the stretch.
Sheridan finished the game with 11 3 pointers. Prosser ended with team-high efforts at 21 points. Roberts led CWC at 14 points, and Johnson put down 11.
Sheridan College 76, CWC 69
SHERIDAN 28 48 -- 76
CWC R00;R00;R00;R00;41 28 -- 69
CWC -- Davion Pearson 1 4-5 6, MalachI Roberts 2 (2) 4-5 14, Armani Flannigan 2 2-4 6, Preston Eaton (1) 2-2 5, James Johnson 5 1-3 11, Ali Sabra 2 (1) 1-1 8, Jordan Phouthavong 1 (1) 0-0 5, Braden Wright 1 (2) 2-2 9, Dax Upton 2 1-1 5. Totals 17 (6) 17-23 69
Sheridan -- Heyer (1) 3-4 6, Leverette 1 (4) 1-2 15, Prosser 7 7-9 21, Sankey 0 1-2 1, Bradford 2 (2) 8-8 18, Bermudez (3) 0-0 9, Pines 1 4-6 6. Totals 11 (10) 24-31 76
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