Montana trip nets another win for Rustlers

 

Crow Agency (February 28) The Central Wyoming College men’s basketball team defeated the Rams of Little Big Horn College 89-65.  With the win the Rustlers record improves to 19–9 on the year and 8–8 in conference play.

 

The Rustlers took advantage of inside play against the Rams. Rockford, IL freshman Armani Flannigan led the team with 24 points on 10 of 12 shooting and 8 rebounds. James "Deuce" Johnson, North Hills, CA sophomore, had 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting and freshman Malachi Roberts had 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting and 3 for 3 from behind the 3 point line to help the Rustlers.

 

They also got solid point guard play out of both Las Vegas, NV freshman Davion Pearson and West Valley, UT freshman Jordan Phouthavong.  Both had seven points and three assists for the game.

 

“We play in a very tough conference with a lot of tough travel.  Every coach in the conference says this is the best the conference has ever been," said Coach Curtis Condie.  "Getting through this conference schedule and not having a losing record for a group of 8 freshman and 3 sophomores that didn’t know each other is a huge accomplishment.  We are on the verge of winning 20 games.  This group did not exist until very late. They didn’t know each other at all. I didn’t know them and they didn’t know me and it’s a testament to their hard work that we are having a positive season. No one gave us a chance and yet we have the most wins since bringing the program back and could have the first 20 win season in over 20 years.  I very happy for the players that they got the win tonight,” he concluded.

 

The Rustlers will finish out the regular season with two non-conference games, one at Eastern Wyoming College on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. and the second game at Laramie County Community College on Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.  This will be the second game with both programs. The Rustlers won the previous meetings, defeating Eastern Wyoming 63 to 60 on a three point shot at the buzzer by sophomore Preston Eaton. They also defeated LCCC by 12 right before Christmas break.

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