Basketball (M)

Pioneers Pick up First Region IX win

Drop Second Game to CWC

Box Score

(Miles City, MT) Miles Community College took on Western Wyoming and Central Wyoming in a pair of Region IX games last week.

MCC 72 vs. WWCC 64

An outstanding night on the defensive end of the floor led to 14 Western Wyoming turnovers that translated to 15 points for the Pioneers. Despite the absence of Deng Kuany, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, and also being outrebounded 48-40, Miles held tough defensively and forced the Mustangs into taking low quality shots for a majority of the game.

Montenia Nelson led the game in scoring with 29 points including a perfect 10 for 10 from the charity stripe.

The big difference in Thursday’s game was the matchup by each teams at the free throw line. Western Wyoming hit four of six shots on their trip to the line, while the Pioneers shot 96% on 22 trips to the free throw line. MCC iced the game with 10 consecutive free throws in the last 5 minutes of the second half.

Perion Little would also be the only other Pioneer in double digits for the game while Western Wyoming’s Josh Fearing and Tyrell Isaacs would top the scoring column for the Mustangs.

MCC avenged their midseason loss to the Mustangs and picked up their first Region IX win of the season.

MCC 72 vs. Central Wyoming College 76 OT

Coming off a big win against Western Wyoming on Thursday, MCC had some momentum building as they entered Saturday’s matchup with Central Wyoming College.

MCC was blown out on their first road trip of the conference season on a trip to Riverton in January but had the home court advantage and some momentum after Thursday’s game.

Central Wyoming hit the court with upset hopes on their mind and the Rustler’s jumped out to a quick lead behind some three point shooting by Chris Quayle and Devon Colley.

MCC’s Oumar Diaby caught fire and hit a trio of triples in the first half to put MCC back on top heading into the closing minutes of the half.

MCC was trailing by three with less than 10 seconds on the clock until Kameron Rauch hit a long three point shot to knot the game at 33-33 as the first half clock hit zero.

The second half was back and forth the entire way. Neither team led by more than four in the last 20 minutes of regulation.

As time wound down, MCC was trailing by two, but two clutch free throws from Perion Little (was 9 for 9 from the line in the game) tied the game at 66.

A defensive stop with 20 seconds to go gave MCC the last possession of the half but a desperation three point shot by Montenia Nelson at the buzzer didn’t find it mark and MCC and CWC were bound for Overtime.

Central Wyoming jumped out to a quick four point lead, and finished the overtime period with a three point shot from Devon Colley and a dagger from behind the arc from Chris Quayle that brought the Rustler lead to 6 with 35 seconds to play.

The overtime three point shooting by CWC was too much for the Pioneers as CWC picked up the road win 76-72.

Montenia Nelson led the Pioneers with 20 points while CWC’s Irshaad Hunter finished with 20 for the Rustlers.

Next up for the ‘Neers:

MCC will head to Little Big Horn College for a Region IX matchup. The Pioneers beat the Rams in a nonconference game earlier this season in MCC’s Foundation Classic. MCC will look to pick up their second conference win of the season and try to build momentum into their games with top ranked Gillette and Sheridan next week.

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