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Rustlers record big conference win over Northwest
Powell, WY (February 1) – The Central Wyoming College Men’s Basketball Team got a huge effort from their team for a big road win. They defeated Northwest College on the Trappers home floor 76-71. The win brings the Rustlers record to 17–4 for the year and 6–3 and a half game out of first place in conference play.
The Rustlers battled back from an early 11-point Trappers lead to be down only 5 at half. Using good defense, the Rustlers got ahead by 10 in the second half to hang on for the five point win.
Rockford, IL freshman Armani Flannigan had his best game since coming to CWC, scoring 30 points on 10/15 from the field and 10/15 from the free throw line. He also had eight rebounds to lead the Rustlers. North Hills, CA sophomore James “Deuce” Johnson had 14 points on 7/7 shooting from the field. Las Vegas, NV sophomore Ali Sabra had nine points off the bench. Las Vegas, NV freshman Davion Pearson had seven points as well as Washington state freshman Malachi Roberts.
“I know that Armani had 30 and Deuce had 14 but tonight was a team effort," Coach Curtis Condie stated. "Their teammates did a great job of getting them the ball where they could be successful. I told the team before the game that toughness was going to be the key. Northwest was tougher than us the first time we played, and to start the game and be down 11 they were the tougher team again. Condie said he reverted to a "little method" he learned from watching Coach Pat Riley coaching the Lakers in the 80’s.He pulled his starts and let the second team get the Rustlers back into the game. "The bench did a great job in that first half and throughout the game, "Condie said. "Tonight was a total team win against a very good team.”
The Rustlers travel to Casper Saturday, Feb. 4 to take on the Thunderbirds at 5 p.m. The game is the second time these two teams will meet this year. The Rustlers won the first game by 12 at home on December 10. Both teams are 6–3 in conference play. The Thunderbirds are coming off and 11 point road win at Western Wyoming Community College.