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CWC men put up two big wins in weekend tourney
CWC's Ryan Thomas contributed nine points Friday in a 94-63 victory over Salish Kootenai night at Rustler Gym. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

CWC men put up two big wins in weekend tourney

Nov 18, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The homestand ends for the Rustlers with Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. tipoff against the Rocky Mountain JV.

The new up-tempo style of basketball from Central Wyoming College was put on display this weekend during the Bailey Tire Tip-off in a pair men's basketball victories at Rustler Gym.

CWC finished the tournament in style with a 108-55 win against the Montana Western junior varsity team on Saturday night.

The Rustlers put five players in double figures in the easy victory. Armani Flannigan had game-high honors at 16 points. Davion Pearson and Jordan Phouthavong scored 15 points apiece. Justin Burk finished with 14 points, and Isaiah Tademy had 11.

The Rustlers opened their home tournament in a 94-63 victory over Salish Kootenai College from Montana on Friday night.

CWC did have 17 turnovers in the runaway victory.

"We turned the ball over way too much," said CWC coach Shelby Lindley after Friday's win. "Some guys were tired. We had a rough week of practice in terms that we had a lot of guys that were sick. We used this week to prepare for the Region IX tournament."

CWC now is 5-0 on the season. The Rustlers end their homestand at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. the Rocky Mountain junior varsity team at Rustler Gym.

CWC men 94, Salish Kootenai 63

Almost everything worked on the offensive side of the court for CWC in the first 20 minutes vs. Salish Kootenai.

The teams were deadlocked at 17-17 until Tanner Newbold hit a 3-pointer and Ryan Thomas powered his way for a field goal for a 22-17 lead.

Later in the first half, Ryan Nemelka added back-to-back 3-pointers off the bench for a 37-23 cushion.

"The best thing that Ryan does is shoot the ball," Lindley said. "If he gets open, then he can shoot it."

The Rustlers pulled away for good in the final stages of the first half, as Pearson scored seven consecutive points for a commanding 52-30 lead.

Pearson paced the Rustlers with 22 points. He had eight assists but also eight turnovers.

"Davion did fine with 22 points, but he had eight turnovers," Lindley said. "We have to fix that."

Pearson played a team-high 32 minutes. Lindley left the speedy guard on the floor for most of the game because CWC played without its other starting guard, Paris Burns, who was in Chicago, for family reasons and should rejoin the team next week.

"I played him more minutes tonight, with Paris being gone, than I wanted to," Lindley said. "He did have a very good offensive night. The eight turnovers is something that we have to work on."

Flannigan added 15 points and yanked 10 rebounds.

Roozario Wiggins reached double figures with 11 points, and Phouthavong scored 10 after not starting in the game.

"We just had way to many communication errors on defense," Lindley said. "We have to communicate better on defense, but I thought that our bench did well."

Lindley played former Wind River High School star Tyson Lone Bear in the second half, and the freshman scored two points in five minutes of work.

Lone Bear's high school teammate at WRHS, Peter Aragon, started at point guard for Salish Kootenai.

Aragon didn't score in the game, but he had two assists in 24 minutes on the floor.

CWC 108, Montana Western 55

CWC 57 51 -- 108

MW 18 37 -- 55

CWC -- Davion Pearson 3 (2) 3-4 15, Tanner Newbold (3) 0-0 9, David Beaty (1) 1 0-0 5, Armani Flannigan 8 0-0 16, Isaiah Tademy 4 (1) 0-0 11, Ryan Nemelka 1 (2) 0-0 8, Jordan Phouthavong 3 (3) 0-0 15, Kyler Williams 1 0-0 2, Bakata Justin 1 0-0 2, Tyson Lone Bear 1 0-0 2, Justin Burk 7 0-0 14, Roozario Wiggins 3 1-2 7, Ryan Thomas 1 0-0 2. Totals 34 (12) 4-6 108.

Montana Western -- Keegan McQueen 3 (2) 0-2 12, Zane Tams 0 1-2 1, Alex Duroche 1 1-2 3, Andrew Elliot (1) 1 6-7 11, Devin Thomas (3) 0-2 9, Colin Hollow 0 7-7 7, Talon Taylor 1 (2) 0-0 8, Taylor Mullins 2 0-1 4. Totals 8 (8) 15-23 55.

CWC men 94, Salish Kootenai 63

CWC 52 42 -- 94

SALISH 30 33 -- 63

CWC -- Davion Pearson 9 (1) 1-1 22, Tanner Newbold 2 (1) 1-1 8, David Beaty 2 (1) 0-0 7, Armani Flannigan 6 3-6 15, Isaiah Tademy 1 0-0 2, Ryan Nemelka (2) 0-0 6, Jordan Phouthavong 2 (2) 0-0 10, Kyler Williams 0 2-2 2, Tyson Lone Bear 1 0-0 2, Roozario Wiggins 5 1-2 11, Ryan Thomas 3 3-4 9. Totals 31 (7) 11-16 94.

Salish -- Dennis Sangrey (4) 0-0 12, Sonny Eppinette 5 (1) 0-0 13, James Bible 2 1-2 5, Louis Mohr 6 (1) 0-1 15, Chuck Pappan 3 (2) 0-0 12, Skyler Rossback (1) 1-2 4, Marcus Brown 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 (9) 2-5 63.

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