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Defense key for CWC basketball team in new season
Central Wyoming College sophomore point guard Davion Pearson dribbled the ball against freshman Tyson Lone Bear in practice at Rustler Gym. From left in the back were, Arik Mawien, Bakata Justin, Kyler Williams, David Baety and Gabe Burroughs. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Defense key for CWC basketball team in new season

Oct 31, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Shelby Lindley was asked Monday by Central Wyoming College to be the men's head basketball coach for the 2012-13 season.

Lindley and his CWC players start the season at 6 p.m. Thursday against Impact Academy at Rustler Gym. Lindley replaces former CWC coach Curtis Condie.

Lindley was first hired to be an assistant coach.

"The kids have been great," Lindley said. "The kids have handled it well. We have all had to mature together. They show up to practice and they work hard. They take care of their business. That is how we are going to carry on with it."

The Rustlers began practice Oct. 1.

"I think that we have progressed well," Lindley said. "We have to get better defensively. It's not a struggle defensively, but we have to get our communication down. That is the biggest thing."

CWC has played in scrimmages in Salt Lake City and at Casper College.

"We have plenty of offense," Lindley said. "It won't matter unless we rebound and play defense. The kids are understanding that."

After the season opener, the Rustlers play Monday night vs. Colorado Northwestern at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. <\n>"We will get up and down a little bit," Lindley said. "We are going to pressure the ball. It's not going to be a 40 minute game of pressing. Our goal is not to allow many transition buckets. We can't give up transition points. We have guys that can run and we have bigs that are mobile."

Depth is not going to be a problem for the Rustlers.

"Lineups are going to change," Lindley said. "There might be a time that we play small. There might be a time that we can play big.

We can go almost 6-foot-5 across the board expect for the point guard position if we wanted to."

CWC players

The guard tandem of sophomore Davion Pearson and freshman Paris Burns were the first two players mentioned by Lindley.

The two guards are listed at 5-foot-11.

"They can do a lot of things defensively," Lindley said. "Both of them at times relax sometimes. They can be very deadly at times. They do great things on the offensive end of the floor. They make great decisions."

Sophomore Armani Flannigan is going to be asked to do a lot of things from Lindley.

Flannigan stands at 6-8. He was one of the top players last year for the Rustlers.

"Armani is one of the most athletic kids that I have ever been around," Lindley said. "Armani is one of the most unselfish kids that I have ever been around. Armani is doing great things. I expect big things out of him.

Sophomores Ryan Thomas (6-8) and Austin Hudson (6-8) have impressed Lindley.

"Those are the other two bigs that we rotate in" Lindley said.

Hudson will miss Thursday's opener because he has an arm injury.

"Austin is our big guy that just bangs around," Lindley said.

Lindley called 6-1 freshman Tanner Newbold a deadly shooter.

"Tanner is the best shooter in the gym," Lindley said. "We have to find him a way to get him a couple of shots a game."

Lindley said first-year players Isaiah Tademy (6-6), David Beaty (6-7), Ryan Nemelka (6-1) and Roozario Wiggins (6-3) should also contribute for CWC.

Lone Bear

Freshman Tyson Lone Bear is adjusting to playing junior college basketball.

Lone Bear was an all-state player at Wind River High School.

"It's tough when you come from a small tournament, no matter if it's from Utah, Nevada, Oregon or Washington," Lindley said.

"You have to adjust to the speed.

He is learning how to go against a 6-5 player that is strong and faster."

Lindley likes the way Lone Bear is shooting the ball.

"Tyson is learning that you have to communicate a whole lot more," Lindley said.

"He is doing some great things in the classroom."

Central Wyoming College 2012-13 men's basketball roster

Davion Pearson, sophomore, 5-11, Las Vegas; Paris Burns, freshman 5-11, Chicago, Ill.; Tanner Newbold, freshman, 6-1, Payson, Utah; Ryan Nemelka, freshman, 6-1, Sandy, Utah; Jordan Phouthavong, sophomore, 5-9, West Valley City, Utah; Kyler Williams, sophomore, 6-2, Las Vegas; Justin Keller, freshman, 6-0, Preston, Idaho; Bakata Justin, freshman, 5-10, West Valley City, Utah; David Baety, freshman, 6-7, Apopka, Fla.; Armani Flannigan, sophomore, 6-8, Rockford, Ill.; Gabe Burroughs, freshman, 6-1, Brooklyn, N.Y; Tyson Lone Bear, freshman, 6-2, Fort Washakie; Justin Burk, freshman, 6-3, South Jordan, Utah; Isaiah Tademy, freshman, 6-6, West Valley City, Utah; Roozario Wiggins, freshman, 6-, Shreveport, La,: Jacob Craft, freshman, 6-7, Sandy Utah; Austin Hudson, sophomore, 6-6, Salt Lake City, Utah; Ryan Thomas, sophomore, 6-8, Riverton, Utah; Arik Mawien, freshman, 6-8, West Valley City, Utah.

CWC 2012-13 schedule

Nov. 1 -- vs. Impact Academy, 6 p.m.; Nov. 5 -- vs. Colorado Northwestern at Utah Valley University, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 9-10 -- at CWC Classic (Rustler Gym); Nov. 16-17 at Bailey Tire Tip-Off; No. 20 -- vs. Rocky Mountain College, 7:30; Nov. 23-24 -- at Western Wyoming Community College tournament; Nov. 27 -- at Colorado Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 30-Dec. 1 -- at Miles Community College tournament, TBA; Dec. 5 -- at Northwest College, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 8 -- at Casper College, 5 p.m.; Dec. 11 -- at Laramie County Community College, 7 p.m.; Jan. 5 -- vs. Western Wyoming Community College, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 9 -- vs. Sheridan College, 7:30 p.m.; Jan 12 -- at Miles Community College, 5 p.m.; Jan. 16 -- at Gillette College, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 19 -- vs. Dawson Community College, 5 p.m.; Jan. 26 -- vs. Little Big Horn College, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 30 -- vs. Northwest College; Feb. 2 -- vs. Casper College, 5 p.m.; Feb. 6 -- at Western Wyoming Community College, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 9 -- at Sheridan College, 5 p.m.; Feb. 13 -- at Miles Community College, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 16 -- vs. Gillette College, 5 p.m.; Feb. 20 -- at Dawson Community College, 7:30 p.m; Feb. 21 -- at Little Big Horn College, 7:30 p.m.

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