Generals squeak by rival Casper in overtime, 93-91
Date posted: January 6, 2014
SHERIDAN — Despite trailing for most of the second half, Sheridan College took down Casper College in overtime Saturday night as they took a good step back into Region IX action.
Bennie Lufile’s late heroics, combined with a big second half from Fred Dure pushed the Generals to a 93-91 overtime win in a game that was back and forth for the final six minutes after a Casper (9-6, 2-1 Region IX) double technical foul swung momentum to the home team.
Following the high-stress game, head coach Steve Smiley looked at the positive, saying this was a good Casper team that played better than he’s seen them play all year in film. Casper’s loss snapped a three-game win streak.
“They really had a purpose tonight,” he said. “They just kept throwing punches on us, and there are a lot of things we have to improve upon. But at the end of the day I’d rather take an ugly win than a pretty loss.”
Jamir Andrews paced Sheridan (14-3, 2-1) early, scoring 11 of their first 13 points and finishing with 16 of his 18 total points in the first half. Dure had 14, and Josh Adeyeye led the way with 21. Jeff Amazan added 12 off the bench. Sheridan led 44-43 at the break thanks to a fade away buzzer-beater 3-pointer from Preston Wells, but Casper’s Jay Wright had the Thunderbirds out of the locker room fast, and he finished with 24 points behind runners and pull-up jumpers had Sheridan scrambling in their half-court defense all night.
Smiley pleaded with his team to get stops as teams traded baskets until the six-minute mark when Iakeem Alston and Adeyeye scored consecutive baskets to tie the game at 69. The technical fouls followed.
“The one thing I am very happy about is that with about 10 minutes left in the game they were getting every hustle play every 50-50 ball,” he said, “and in timeouts we’re asking them how can we still be stressing effort and then some guys stepped up.”
An Adeyeye dunk seemed to put the visitors away but teams traded free throws and headed to the extra period at 86-86.
A streaking fast break and super-athletic finish ahead of the field by Lufile sealed the win. Sheridan defended Casper’s final attempt well as time expired.
“It’s like I told them after the game, it’s a frustrating group right now because of how much talent we have and how high our ceiling is,” Smiley said. “Maybe it’s still early after the break, but I thought we were moving in the right direction.”
Sheridan heads to Glendive, Mont., Wednesday to face a “much-improved” Dawson (7-7, 0-3) team, according to Smiley. They’re home Saturday against Northwest College (11-5, 1-2).
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SHERIDAN — The Lady Generals (11-6) built a 20-point halftime lead, holding on for their first North Sub-Region IX conference win of the year Saturday night over rival Casper College (9-6, 1-2).
Sheridan led 41-21 at halftime, withstood late runs by Casper and earned the 71-53 win to improve to 1-2 in league play.
After dropping league games at Gillette and Western Wyoming in early December, head coach Frank McCarthy knew how important it was to get a win.
“I think this a really good game because it’s such a big game; the Casper game,” he said. “I just think there’s so much parity in the league this year; I think between 3-4 losses will still put you in the running. If you lose today, makes things a little tougher.
“I think Casper’s got a good team, they’ve got good depth, good quickness and they’ve got good posts, so it was good to keep the home win streak alive,” McCarthy added.
Josie Three Irons led with 17 points, Katie Kuhn had 12 points and six rebounds and Madison Forney finished with 11 and nine boards.
“We had a great start, 48 percent in the first half, and I saw some great leadership out of Katie,” McCarthy said. “I thought we had one of our better shooting nights, and we rebounded well.”
Sheridan plays a 9-3 Dawson team at Glendive Wednesday before hosting conference leader Northwest (12-5, 3-0) Saturday afternoon.
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