Mar 19, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College sophomores Armani Flannigan and Davion Pearson have received Region IX basketball postseason awards.
Flannigan was named to the all-region second team.
Pearson gained a spot on the third team. Pearson played point guard for CWC for the last two years.
Casper College's Remi Debo, Ron Mvouika from Sheridan, and Jeff Solarin from Northwest College were named to the first team.
Victory Bermudez (Sheridan College) and Dominique Lee (Casper College) were put on the second team.
Other players on the third team are Korey Spence (Casper College) and Junior Coleman (Northwest).
"If you are first, second or third team in your league, you are a very good basketball player," CWC men's coach Shelby Lindley said.
Flannigan and Pearson helped CWC to a 23-7 record.
The Rustlers lost to Otero Junior College 58-56 in the quarterfinals of the Region IX men's basketball tournament at Casper College.
Otero beat Northwest College 75-63 in the semifinals of the tournament.
CWC outlasted Trinidad State 72-67 in double overtime in the opening round of the do-or-die tournament.
North Platte downed Otero 51-46 in the championship game.
North Platte and Otero came from the Region IX South subregion conference.
The CWC women didn't have any postseason awards.
"Armani was our most consistent player on our team this year," Lindley said. "I could expect almost 15 points and 10 rebounds from Armani almost every night."
Flannigan finished as the top scorer for the Rustlers with a 14.2 points-per-game average.
"Armani is a very unselfish kid," Lindley said. "He could probably have shot the ball more this year. He just wants to win. He is going to do whatever it takes to win. He is a great kid."
Flannigan averaged 6.6 rebounds. Flannigan missed a couple of Region IX games due to disciplinary rules.
"They are going to put two or three guys on Armani when the shot goes up," Lindley said. "He got his hand on a lot of balls that would change a lot of games. Armani stayed out of foul trouble all year long."
Lindley said it will be a matter of time before Flannigan signs to play somewhere at the next level.
"He has to improve his outside jump shot and his foul shots," Lindley said.
"Davion showed why he is one of the better point guards in our league at the Region IX tournament," Lindley said.
In the Region IX tournament, Pearson reached double figures in the two games CWC competed in.
Pearson scored 11 points in the loss to Otero.
In the victory, Pearson put down 19 points vs. Trinidad.
Pearson had a perfect night from the foul line going 12-for-12.
Pearson averaged 13.1 points per game this season.
"Davion's leadership and maturity has improved so much in the past year," Lindley said. "I trusted him a lot on the basketball court."
Pearson dished out 4.1 assists. Pearson averaged one turnover per game.
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