Jan 31, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College didn't back down from a physical Northwest College men's basketball team Wednesday night and remained atop Region IX North division on a 63-56 victory at Rustler Gym.
The win completed the regular season series sweep from the Northwest Trappers.
CWC is 18-3 overall and 8-1 in league play. The Trappers are 4-6 in conference play.
"Northwest has one of the most physical basketball teams that we have faced all year," CWC men's coach Shelby Lindley said. "They push and shove you around."
The Rustlers had their biggest lead of the game at 13 points at the 19:36 mark of the second half.
Down the stretch, Northwest took its first advantage of the heated game at 56-54.
"You are never going to blow out a team like Northwest," Lindley said. "You go into halftime up 13 points, and you are excited. Everybody is going to make their runs."
CWC's Armani Flannigan put the Rustlers back ahead with four straight points at 58-56.
Flannigan had missed the last couple of games for breaking team rules.
"I probably messed us up a little too much, slowing us down," Lindley said. "They guarded us well."
Davion Pearson hit four straight free throws to clinch the game with a 62-56 lead.
"You can't panic," Lindley said. "You have to go one possession at a time. You have to get a stop or rebound before you worry about the offensive end. We got Northwest to shoot some bad shots and we got the rebounds. We did have one turnover late that might have killed us. You have to move on from the next play."
Flannigan created game-high honors with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Flannigan didn't start the game, but played 34 minutes.
"It's nice to have everybody back," Lindley said.
"I don't care who is on the court as long as they play hard. Every kid that has stepped out there has played hard."
Tanner Newbold scored 12 points on three 3-pointers. Newbold ended the first half on two straight 3-pointers. The second came right as the buzzer sounded. Isaiah Tademy added 12 points.
CWC plays at 5 p.m. Saturday against Casper College at Rustler Gym.
"It's a big game," Lindley said. "We don't need to put any more pressure on ourselves than they have. We have seven more games to go."
Casper College beat CWC 64-60 in December.
"Casper is very deep," Lindley said. "They have a big guy that can shoot it, and they have an undersized big guy that is very strong and takes the ball to the rim. They are just very talented. They get out and guard you hard. We will have to have another physical game with our players."
CWC 63, Northwest 56
CWC 63, Northwest 56
CWC 38 24 -- 63
NORTHWEST 28 28 -- 56
CWC -- Davion Pearson 0 (1) 4-4 7, Tanner Newbold (3) 3-4 12, Isaiah Tademy 2 (2) 0-0 10, Roozario Wiggins 3 0-0 6, Ryan Thomas 3 1-3 7, Paris Burns 0 1-1 1, David Baety 1 0-0 2, Armani Flannigan 5 8-11 18. Totals 14 (6 17-23 63.
Northwest -- Guilherm Carabagiale 2 2-3 6, Jeffrey Solarin 2 2-4 6, Junior Coleman 6 (1) 0-2 15, Pietro De'Andrade 4 0-0 8, Jeremy Beehler 1 0-0 2, Franklin Uzonwanne 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 (4) 8-13 56.
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