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SHERIDAN — Both teams trailed for most of the second half, and both Sheridan College basketball teams lost by way of buzzer-beater 3-pointers Wednesday night in a home doubleheader with Central Wyoming College.
Next up, teams travel to Little Big Horn College Saturday as they begin the second half of their Region IX seasons.
CWC 70, Generals 69
A loud groan erupted from the crowd as Sheridan’s full-court throw bounced amazingly close to falling Wednesday while the buzzer expired on a 70-69 loss to Central Wyoming (10-10, 4-4 North Sub-Region IX).
It was the way the game had gone. Sheridan (18-4, 6-2) was right there even if maybe they hadn’t played to their potential.
In a low-scoring contest that saw both teams shoot barely 40 percent, Central Wyoming’s Ryan Nemelka hit a 3 from the left wing with less than a second remaining to end Sheridan’s six-game win streak that spanned back to their Christmas break.
Sheridan weathered a poor shooting night and fought back in the second half. Teams were tied at 28 into the break.
Too many 1 out of 2s from the free throw line — Sheridan missed 10 free throws in each half, going 19-39 for the game — were crippling in their efforts toward putting away the visitors.
Sheridan finally managed to tie at the 1:30 mark when an Iakeem Alston steal and layup drew the score at 59. Alston played well late, twice earning and-one’s to extend the game.
His second, a slashing move through the right side of the defense, was followed with a rebound on his missed free throw by Jeff Amazan, who was fouled. Amazan put Sheridan ahead 69-67 with 13.8 seconds remaining, but Nemelka hit his shot out of a drawn-up play during a timeout, ending the contest as Sheridan’s heave missed.
Dure finished with 20 points, Alston scored 11 and Abednego Lufile, Amazan and Rudy Joly each had eight boards.
Nemelka helped Central hold their lead multiple times, going for 28 points on seven 3-pointers. Central’s Daryle Morgan Jr. finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Generals shot just four of 22 from 3, playing without starter Josh Adeyeye for the first time since his season-ending injury Saturday at Miles City.
Adeyeye started 20 of the Generals 21 games before last night, and Sheridan experienced disjointed offensive stretches in his absence.
Sheridan’s 23 of 54 from the field (43 percent) was still better than Central’s 22 of 54 (40 percent) but they turned the ball over 16 times, while the visitor had just eight giveaways.
The Generals outsized the Rustlers, holding a 43-27 rebounding advantage, including 17 on the offensive glass, well ahead of the Rustlers’ five.
Sheridan tries to keep pace with Casper (6-1) and Gillette (7-0) as they take to the second half of league play. Gillette has won their last 17 games after beating Little Big Horn at home last night.
Despite a valiant effort to claw back into a game they trailed most of the way, the Lady Generals fell to Central Wyoming (2-6, 8-11) on a 3-pointer Wednesday night, and further out of the picture for their 11th North Sub-Region IX title in 12 years.
Tiana Hanson twice tied the score late in the game, and Sierra Toms scored six points during a 10-2 run that gave Sheridan College a lead they held until the two-minute mark.
Madison Forney finished with 28 points in Sheridan’s first home loss this year.
Meanwhile, Central Wyoming earned just its second conference win.
The Lady Generals (14-8, 4-4) struggled with full-court pressure, giving away the ball three times in the final minutes, and after Toms tied the score at 67 with two free throws, SC left Kiara Skinner unguarded on the wing and she didn’t hesitate.
At .500, Sheridan College sits behind Western, Northwest, Gillette and Dawson in conference play with eight games remaining.
Western is 7-1 leading the pack, and Sheridan gets the conference leader when they return home next Wednesday.
Men’s NJCAA Basketball
North Sub-Region IX Overall
Gillette College 7-0 18-2
Casper College 6-1 13-7
Sheridan College 6-2 18-4
Central Wyoming 4-4 10-10
Miles Community College 4-4 11-10
Western Wyoming 3-5 9-12
Northwest College 3-5 13-8
Dawson Community College 1-7 8-12
Little Big Horn College 1-7 9-13
Western Nebraska 97, Casper 85
Gillette 108, Little Big Horn 93
Western Wyoming 54, Northwest 47
Central Wyoming 70, Sheridan 69
Miles City 82, Dawson 78
Women’s NJCAA Basketball
North Sub-Region IX Overall
Western Wyoming 7-1 18-4
Northwest College 6-2 15-7
Gillette College 4-2 13-7
Dawson Community College 4-3 12-5
Sheridan College 4-4 14-8
Casper College 3-4 11-9
Miles Community College 2-5 11-9
Central Wyoming College 1-6 8-11
Little Big Horn College 1-6 8-13
Western Nebraska 75, Casper 73
Gillette 65, Little Big Horn 52
Western Wyoming 75, Northwest 60
Central Wyoming 70, Sheridan 67
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