Cougar men win
The Western Nebraska Community College men's basketball team put five players in double figures and held Raleigh's Academy to 30 percent shooting in the second half to pick up their third win of the season with a 101-72 win Saturday afternoon in the WNCC Classic at Cougar Palace.
Tyler Crosbie and Diante Mitchell paced the Cougars with 18 points each. The two also combined on 14-of-14 shooting from the charity stripe. Mitchell was a perfect 10-of-10 from the stripe while also dishing out six assists and collecting three steals. Crosbie had three three steals, three assists, and a blocked shot in the win.
Mitchell and Crosbie were just a handful of Cougars that picked up their game. Peter Dewtang and Brandon Morley each had 17 points, while Austin Clark had 10 points. Youssoupha Kane finished with eight points, but had three eye-popping dunks in a two minute span of the second half.
While head coach Russ Beck will take the win, he said his team still has a lot to learn.
"We have a lot to learn about playing our game and executing our offense," he said. " We played their game first half and they kept it close. We have to be self disciplined enough to play our style of ball with complete disregard to our opponent."
As much as the final score looks one-sided, that was far from the case early on. WNCC ran out to a 13-5 lead early and led 23-12 after four Julio Guity points. Raleighs bounced back, going on a 12-4 run to slice the deficit to 27-24 with just over six minute sto play
Leading 32-26, WNCC opened up the contest going on a 9-0 run to lead 41-26 before settling for a 51-41 halftime lead.
The big key in the first half was shooting. Raleigh's shot 39 percent from the field and made four 3-pointers. The second half, Raleigh's cooled off to 30 percent and much of that was because of the Cougars intensified defense.
Morley opened the second half with back-to-back buckets, including a dunk. After Raleigh's buried a trey to trail 55-44, WNCC opened up the contest to 67-46 with a 12-2 run. WNCC opened up the lead even further with under eight minutes to play as Kane had three dunks to make the score 87-54 and WNCC never looked back.
The Cougars showed some bright spots, but also some weaknesses. One big one is turnovers. The Cougars turned the ball over 29 times in the contest. They also committed 31 fouls.
"We turned the ball over like it was going out of style," Beck said. "We got the win; we need to get better and prepare for a big weekend on the road."
The Cougars hit the boards against Raleigh's, out-rebounding the Oklahoma Prep school 49-34. Clark led the Cougars on the glass with nine boards followed by Guity with six and Mitchell and Joel Einfeldt with five each.
WNCC (3-1) will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Twin Falls, Idaho, to take part in the CSI tournament where they will face the College of Southern Idaho and Salt Lake Community College.
Central Wyoming 29 27 -- 56
South Plains 39 34 -- 73
Elmer Lopez 7, Bryon Canda 5, Daryle Morgan 16, Jairo Lopez 11, Isaiah Tademy 8, Malik Wilson 9.
Andre Spright 24, Billydee Williams 3, Sekou Harris 3, Clayton Jones 6, Emmanuel Omogbo 5, Roderick Lwrence 19, Cedrick McAfee 3, Ryan Martin 10.
Raleigh's 40 31 -- 72
WNCC 51 50 -- 101
Dejoun Sanders 9, Chris Rankin 3, Chris Thompson 10, Rontrez Purcell 12, Jonathon Maurice 3, Jaber Ray 17, Michael Mason 5, Densil Burrows 3, Joshua Nurse 2, Avery Powell 8, Eric Boyd 4.
Tyler Crosbie 18, Youssoupha Kane 8, Diante Mitchell 18, Joel Einfeldt 7, Peter Dewtang 17, Derrick Bowers 2, Brandon Morley 17. Austin Clark 10, Julio Guity 4.
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