Mar 1, 2012 - Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorBy Bruce Tippets
Central Wyoming College opened a three-game men's basketball road trip Tuesday night by collecting a 89-65 victory against Little Big Horn College on Tuesday night in Crow Agency, Mont.
The Rustlers left for the journey to Montana at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from Riverton and didn't arrive on the LBHC campus until 4:30 p.m.
CWC made it back to Riverton around 4 a.m Wednesday.
"I thought because of the travel they came out and gave everything they had," CWC men's coach Curtis Condie said. "I was concerned on how they would play because we had long hours in the bus."
The win improved CWC to 19-9 on the year and 8-8 in conference play. LBHC finished the league season winless at 0-16.
"Getting through this conference schedule and not having a losing record, for a group of eight freshmen and three sophomores that didn't know each other at the start of the season, is a huge accomplishment," Condie said.
The Rustlers have clinched a No. 6 seed from the north division for the upcoming Region IX tournament.
Miles Community College won the regular season title (12-4), Casper College and Sheridan College tied for second at 11-5.
"We play in a very tough conference that has a lot of tough travel," Condie said. "Every coach in the conference says this is the best the conference has ever been."
The Region IX men's single-elimination tournament is March 9-13 in Scottsbluff, Neb.
Western Nebraska Community College earned the right to host the tournament after they locked up the Region IX South division at 11-2.
CWC 89, LBHC 65
Little Big Horn College had no answer for CWC's inside duo of Armani Flannigan and James Johnson.
Flannigan used his 6-foot-8 frame well in scoring 24 points and pulling in eight rebounds.
Johnson, who is listed at 6-6, finished the game in double figures at 15 points.
Shooting guard Malachi Roberts added 18 points.
The Rustlers conclude the regular season playing a pair of non-conference games.
CWC plays at Eastern Wyoming College at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Torrington.
In the first game with the Lancers, CWC edged Eastern 63-60 on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Preston Eaton. Former Wyoming Indian High School star Slade Spoonhunter is starting for the Lancers. Eastern has a 11-17 overall record.
CWC ends the road trip at 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Laramie County Community College.
CWC 43 46 -- 89
LBHC 28 37 -- 65
CWC -- Davion Pearson 2 (1) 0-0 7, Jordan Phouthavong 2 (1) 0-0 7, Malachi Roberts 4 (3) 1-1 18, Armani Flannigan 10 4-8 24, Preston Eaton 2 0-0 4, Braden Wright 2 1-2 5, James Johnson 6 3-6 15, Benjamin Davis (1) 3-4 6, Dax Upton 1 1-2 3. Totals 29 (6) 13-23 89.
LBHC -- DJ Marlow 5 (1) 1-2 14, Cody Clark (1) 3-3 6, Colin Tyrone 1 0-0 2, Gary Stevenson (2) 0-0 6, Aaron Jackson 3 (1) 1-2 10, David Buffalo (1) 0-0 3, Isaiah Birdinground 3 (4) 0-0 18, Justin Tolbert 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 (10) 5-7 65.
Region IX men's North division standings
with conference mark first
Miles Community College 12-4, 24-6
Casper College 11-5, 21-8
Sheridan College 11-5, 22-6
Northwest College 10-6, 22-8
Western Wyoming Community College 9-7, 21-8
Central Wyoming College 8-8, 19-9
Gillette College 8-8, 17-2
Dawson Community College 3-13, 9-16
Little Big Horn College 0-16, 7-21
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