Feb 2, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College gave up 12 offensive rebounds in the first half on Wednesday night in a Region IX North men's basketball game at Northwest College in Powell and fell behind 36-31 at the break.
The Rustlers made adjustments to control the boards in the second half and rallied for a 76-71 win over the Trappers.
Northwest College had only four offensive rebounds in the second half.
"That was a big difference," said CWC men's coach Curtis Condie. "We still have to find a way to make our free throws at the end, but we are getting better."
CWC's Armani Flannigan scored a season-high 30 points. The Rustlers were 21-35 from the line. Flannigan was 10-15.
"Armani did a great job at the free-throw line," Condie said.
Northwest focused its defense on putting two players on James Johnson. He ended with 14 points on 7-7 shooting.
The Rustlers take on Casper College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Casper. The Thunderbirds and CWC are both 6-3 in Region IX North conference play.
The Rustlers beat Casper College the first meeting of the year at Rustler Gym in Riverton.
"I'm hoping that we can put in a good showing," Condie said. "I don't know if we can win in their gym. We are going to put in a good effort."
CWC 76, Northwest 71
In the middle of the first half, the Rustlers were down by 11 points, and Condie thought of former Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley.
Condie said he pulled a Riley move and switched four of his five starters for bench players.
CWC reserves Ali Sabra, Dax Upton, Jordan Phouthavong, Braden Wright teamed with starter Malachi Roberts and trimmed the lead to two points.
Northwest's Konner Frey sank a shot estimated at 75 feet at the halftime buzzer to make it a 36-31 lead at the break.
Condie went back to his starters in the second half and his squad responded with the victory.
Roberts and Flannigan kept Northwet's Jordan Hansen in check for most of the game. Hansen came in averaging 20 points, but finished Wednesday with 12. He was 3-11 from the field.
"I thought that Malachi did a nice job of guarding Hansen," Condie said. "When Armani was on Hansen he had trouble with his length."
CWC 31 45 -- 76
NORTHWEST 36 35 -- 71
CWC -- Davion Pearson 1 (1) 2-2 7, Malachi Roberts 2 3-8 7, Armani Flannigan 10 10-15 30, Preston Eaton 1 1-2 3, James Johnson 7 0-0 14, Ali Sabra 1 (2) 1-2 9, Braden Wright 1 2-4 4, Dax Upton 0 2-2 2. Totals 23 (3) 21-35
Northwest -- Jeffrey Solarin 5 2-5 12, Junior Coleman 3 (1) 5-11 14, Konner Frey 2 (3) 1-2 14, Chris Hansen 1 (2) 4-5 12, Diego Pasos 0 2-4 2, Guilherm Carabagiale 3 0-0 6, Zach Stanley 2 (1) 0-0 7, Pierto de Andrade 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 (7) 14-27 76
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