Nov 2, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Rustlers play Monday in Orem,R00;Utah, against a Colorado opponent.
Tanner Newbold may have been nervous inside, but the Central Wyoming College freshman basketball player didn't show it on the court Thursday night recording a team-high 19 points in a 77-61 victory vs. Impact Academy at Rustler Gym.
The guard was 4-for-5 from beyond the 3-point line to help the Rustlers win the season opener. Impact Academy is based in Las Vegas.
"I just kind of calmed down and knew that I needed to play," Newbold said. "I started to feel a little more comfortable with myself."
The victory ended a difficult few days surrounding the CWC men's basketball program.
"It has been kind of hard, and interesting," Newbold said. "We just have to move on and press forward in what we have."
CWC hired Shelby Lindley on Monday to be the new head coach after dismissing former coach Curtis Condie. Lindley started out the season as the assistant coach.
"It has been pretty difficult,"CWC sophomore Armani Flannigan said. "We just need to stay as one. We don't need to let anybody outside of the team effect what we are doing. We will get it together and move on."
Lindley has been running the practices since Oct. 10, when Condie was placed on leave from the team.
"Tanner shot the ball well," Lindley said. "If they are going to play a zone against us that is what he is going to do. We have to have some other guys step up and hit some shots."
Lindley felt the Rustlers could have played better in the season opening victory.
"We played OK at times," Lindley said. "We didn't execute like I wanted. We shot way too many 3-pointers. We played about seven bad minutes in both halves. "
CWC was 7-24 from the 3-point line.
"We need to be around 16 3-pointers a game," Lindley said. "Impact Academy doesn't have a lot of sets. That is a tough game going into because you don't have a scout on them."
The Rustlers were 6-17 from the free throw line. Impact Academy was 16-18.
"Our free-throw shooting was bad," Lindley said. "That is one thing that we have been working on, and we are going to progress to get better at. We weren't focused on the line."
CWC plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday vs. Colorado Northwestern at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
"A lot of our Utah kids get to go home," Lindley said.
"Hopefully, we can take another step forward. We have to get up and down the floor a little bit better."
CWC 77, Impact Academy 61
Newbold had two early 3-pointers to help the Rustlers to a 20-5 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half.
"I knew that I needed to come out and be aggressive at the start," Newbold said.
Impact Academy had back-to-back 3-pointers by Gemeny Givens and Deverian Sellers to trim the lead to 29-23. CWC's Ryan Thomas scored the last field goal of the half for a 31-23 advantage.
"We came out and built a 15-point lead, but when we get a team down like that we have to keep it going," Lindley said. "We kind of let up as a team."
In the second half, the Rustlers built a 10-point lead at 42-32 after a Flannigan basket.
"I think that I came out pretty strong," Flannigan said. "It's our first game. We are starting to learn how we play against each other in a game. We are going to go through spurts. It's all part of basketball."
CWC's David Beaty hit two straight 3-pointers to put the game away at 55-37.
"We could be very balanced," Flannigan said. "We have a lot of weapons off the bench."
Thomas put down 18 points and pulled in 12 rebounds. Davion Pearson finished with 14 points. Flannigan hit 10 points and collected 10 rebounds.
"They played zone a lot of the second half, but we have to move faster than what we were," Flannigan said. "We were moving really slow on the perimeter that effected us trying to get the ball inside."
CWC 31 46 -- 77
IA 23 38 -- 61
CWC -- Davion Pearson 5 (1) 1-4 14, Tanner Newbold 2 (4) 3-4 19, Armani Flannigan 5 0-3 10, Isaiah Tademy 2 0-0 4, Ryan Thomas 9 0-3 18, Paris Burns 1 2-3 4, David Beaty 1 (2) 0-0 8. Totals 25 (7) 6-17 77.
Impact -- Deverian Sellers 2 (2) 2-2 12, Isaac Kreuer, 2 4-4 8, Deandre Page 2 4-6 8, Anthony Robertson 3 (1) 0-0 9, Gemeny Givens 1 (1) 0-0 5, Cameron Lui 1 2-2 4, Jaryd Eustace 2 (1) 4-4 11, Korey Serna 2 0-0 4. Totals 15 (5) 16-18.
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