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Pioneers Split in Gillette During Their Turkey Weekend Tourney

(Gillette, WY) The Pioneers, after picking up two wins during the Foundation Classic, hit the road for Gillette, Wyoming to take on Stone Child College and Lake Region State College.

After a tremendous showing last week in the Foundation Classic, the Pioneers went into the weekend at 4-3 and were looking to build upon a two game winning streak.

Game 1 MCC 120 vs Stone Child College 67

MCC was firing on all cylinders in Friday night’s contest. The Pioneers opened up the weekend doubleheader with a lopsided win over Stone Child College. The Pioneers put together a 120 point night behind a 57% (48 of 84) shooting night from the field. In their highest scoring game of the season, the Pioneers finished the game with eight players in double digits in the scoring column. Montenia Nelson lead the scoring charge for MCC with 22 points, along with Oumar Diaby and Gavin Gundlach who had 17 points and 16 points, respectively. On the Defensive end of the floor, The Pioneers forced a season high 30 turnovers and were led by Perion Little, who finished the game with eight takeaways of his own. Kameron Rauch would lead the team in rebounds with 11, paired with his 14 points he would earn his first double-double of the season. The Pioneers cruised to the 120-67 victory.

Game 2 MCC 74 vs Lake Region State 77 OT

In the weekend finale in Gillette, WY, Miles Community College took on Lake Region State in a rematch after getting the win against the Royals last weekend in the Foundation Classic.

The Pioneers, after a great shooting night on Friday, would struggle early in the game against the Royals. With a big presence from 7-footer Harvey Barr, and a 6’9” James Streeter, MCC looked to get the long ball going in the first half but wouldn’t have much luck shooting just 20%(2 for 10) from behind the arc. Some good mid-range shooting by Kameron Rauch and Montenia Nelson would keep the Pioneers within three heading into the locker room.

After a tough 1st half from behind the arc, there wasn’t any change in the second half. The Pioneers shot an abysmal 9%(1 for 11) from deep as the Royals picked up their pressure defending the 3-point line. MCC’s second half success could be attributed to the guard play of Perion Little and Nelson. They put the ball on the deck and made their way into the lane drawing the Lake Region defense away from Deng Kuany, who bucketed 8 second half points in the paint.

With less than a minute to play and the score tied, Lake Region’s Jordan Bolton would draw a foul and sink both free throws giving the Royals a two-point lead with less than 10 seconds on the clock. After an MCC timeout, Nelson would take the inbound and drive the length of the floor only to get fouled at the top of the key. Nelson would hit his pair of free throw shots and knot the game at 70-70 at the end of regulation.

In the overtime period the shooting woes from the Pioneers would continue as they scored just four points in the extra five minutes of play. They held strong defensively, until the Royals’ Cedric Boone would pull up from 32 feet and hit a three-point dagger that would prove to be the difference in the overtime period. The Royals would even up the season series with the 77-74 overtime win. Montenia Nelson and Kameron Rauch would lead the Pioneers in scoring while Deng Kuany notched his third double-double of the season.

Next up for the Pioneers:

MCC’s record improved to 5-4 after the weekend in Gillette. This weekend the Pioneers will head to Bismarck, ND to take on Bismarck State College and United Tribes Technical College.

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