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Pioneers go 1-1 on Road Trip to Williston

Drop Rematch with Williston State College

Box Score

(Williston, ND) The Pioneers set out to Williston, ND for a weekend matchup with Nueta Hidatsa Sanish College and Williston State College. MCC enters the weekend at 6-5 after going 1-1 on last weekend’s road trip to Bismarck, ND.

Game 1 MCC 109 vs. NHSC 98

The Pioneers took on the Storm of Nueta Hidatsa Sanish College on Friday night. MCC found their shooting form early in the first half shooting 36%(15/41) while firing a blistering 50% from beyond the arc. The post play from Deng Kuany and Kameron Rauch left the perimeter vacated allowing for some spot up shooting by Montenia Nelson and Perion Little. The pair each hit a pair of triples in the first half and would go on to score 14 and 16 first half points, respectively. On the defensive end of the floor the Pioneers honed their inner Syracuse Orangemen in the first half. Sticking to a strong 2-3 zone that seemed impenetrable early in the half forced the Storm to settle for tough looks from the perimeter. NHSC hit just 3 of 15 (20%) from beyond the arc and found themselves with a 13-point deficit heading into the locker room.

The Pioneers stuck to their game plan in the second half setting up the perimeter shot by some dribble penetration and great post play down low. Little wouldn’t skip a beat in the second half bucketing 16 points, 9 of which came from beyond the arc. Nelson continued his first half performance with 15 points, much in part to his ability to penetrate the storm defense with the dribble. Uglijesa Portic and Kameron Rauch would lead the way on the glass nabbing 23 combined rebounds on the game, 9 of which translated to 18 second chance points. The defensive end of the floor would turn into a battle as Gabe Archambualt and Jacob Knife found themselves on fire in the second half. With 11 combined 3-point field goals in the half, 13 throughout the game, the combo scored a combined for 63 points on the game. Even with some great second half shooting, the first half deficit proved to be too large for the Storm. Despite being outscored in the second half, MCC would hold on for the 109-98 victory.

RECAP:

Perion Little and Montenia Nelson led the scoring charge for MCC with 31 and 29 points, respectively. Much in part to Little’s performance, the bench play from MCC was fantastic, outscoring NHSC 39-4. The big difference in the game came at the free throw line. Although MCC shot just 66%(27 for 41) from the line, NHSC would only hit 6 free throws all game. Kameron Rauch would go for 15 points on 14 rebounds and notch his first double-double of the season.

Game 2 MCC 69 vs WSC 83

The much awaited rematch between the Tetons and Pioneers took place Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers bested WSC 84-66 earlier in the season and would look to remain unbeaten against the Tetons after Saturday’s contest.

The Pioneers opened the game strong and played Williston State tough until the halfway mark in the first half. The Pioneer shooters found themselves in the freezer in the first half. After a great three point shooting night on Friday, MCC couldn’t continue their run shooting just 12.5% (2/16) in the first half from behind the arc. After a tough shooting half and some great play by Williston’s Hayden Sadowsky and Jamil Jackson the Pioneers found themselves in an 11-point hole going into the locker room.

Williston continued their solid play in the second half with both some great three point shooting and some great rebounding on both ends of the floor. The story for MCC didn’t change much in the second half. The shooters couldn’t get the lid off of the rim and went on to shoot 34% (25 for 73) for the game. Despite playing a much tighter second half, the first half deficit was too much as the Pioneers fell 83-69.

RECAP:

Williston State won the battle inside and out, outrebounding the Pioneers 48-32 on the game and also outshooting the Pioneers from the field in both halves. The Tetons’ Hayden Sadowsky led the game with 26 points. MCC had five players with double digits in the scoring column, including Adoum Mbang, who would add 10 rebounds to his stat line tallying his third double-double of the season. Montenia Nelson led MCC in scoring with 17 points. The season series between MCC and WSC is evened up at 1-1 and the rubber match is set for January 6th. The Pioneers record improves to 7-6 overall after the weekend road trip to Williston.

Next up for the 'Neers

The Pioneers will take on in-state rival Dawson Community College this Friday, December 16th in Miles City. Friday’s game will be the last before the team heads into Holiday Break. Following the break, MCC will conclude their non-conference schedule on January 6th before opening up their Region IX conference play against Western Wyoming on January 12th.

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