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Men's Basketball Opens up Region IX Play

Drop Both Games in WY

(Miles City, MT) Miles Community College men’s basketball hit the road last weekend for a pair of Region IX games against Western Wyoming and Central Wyoming.

Coming into the games one game below .500, the Pioneers were looking to build some momentum as they enter the heart of their conference schedule.

Game 1 MCC 59 vs WWCC 68

MCC’s first stop of the road trip was in Rock Springs, WY for a Friday matchup with Western Wyoming (11-5, 1-0). The first Region IX contest turned out to be too much of a test for MCC.

With a slow start to the first half, MCC’s offense could only muster 22 points on 28% shooting from the field. Their defense kept them in the game through the first half, forcing nine first half turnovers that translated to 8 of the 22 points in the first half.

MCC found its footing on the offensive end in the second half. Some great shooting on the perimeter for Montenia Nelson, and some even better post play inside by Deng Kuany helped the Pioneers to a 37 point half against the stingy WWCC defense. Nelson would lead all scorers in the game with 23 points and Kuany would finish the game with 21 points. The pair shot (9-25) and (9-16), respectively.

Western Wyoming’s defense showed it’s dominance in the first half and held just strong enough in the second half to come away with a 68-59 victory. The Pioneers drop to 7-9 overall and 0-1 in Region IX Play.

Game 2 MCC 71 vs CWC 92

The weekend finale of the first conference road trip of the year featured a matchup with a talented Central Wyoming (10-5, 1-0) in Riverton, WY.

Both teams came out guns blazing in the first half trading buckets for a majority of the first 20 minutes of play. MCC’s Perion Little showed off some efficiency in the first half shooting 65% from the field while Montenia Nelson led the team in first half scoring with 10 points.

MCC held tough on the defensive end for the first ten minutes, but CWC’s Chris Quayle and Marcus Nolan came alive in the back half of the first half. Nolan found his way into the paint while Quayle found his home behind the arc. Nolan finished the game with 15 points, while Quayle ended with 17 points.

The second half was a much different story. “The worst second half of the season so far,” said Head Coach Chase Tait.

The Pioneers lost steam in the second half and CWC took advantage on both ends of the floor. With a lid on the rim in the second half for the Pioneers, the men in blue couldn’t find their offensive groove in the second half. Nelson continued his solid play with 10 more second half points (20 total), but it wasn’t enough to match the offensive surge of CWC.

The Rustlers went on to outscore MCC by 16 points in the second half. CWC landed all five starters in double digits in the scoring column, and all but one bench player scored points for CWC.

The 92-71 loss for MCC brings their record to 7-10 overall, and 0-2 in Region IX play while Central Wyoming stays unbeaten in conference play.

Next up for the ‘Neers:

MCC takes on Sheridan College on Wednesday, January 18th in Miles City, MT. MCC will look to find their first conference win on their home court against a tough Sheridan College team that upset Region IX favorite Gillette College last weekend. Game time on Wednesday will be 7:30.

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