SHERIDAN — Sheridan College’s Josh Bagley hit his second 3-pointer of the first half Saturday with just over three minutes to play. He felt as though he couldn’t miss.
“I saw the first one go in, and then I saw the second one go in, against the 6-foot-11 dude, and I thought, ‘I’m not gonna miss any time soon,’” Bagley said.
A third trey went in, elevating Bagley’s confidence even more. So much so that the fourth one Bagley hoisted, from about 30 feet, was a little overzealous even in his mind.
“Honestly, in my head I thought, ‘Nah, that’s not going in,’” Bagley laughed. “I just shot that one, and coach almost got mad at me.”
But SC head coach Matt Hammer couldn’t have been that upset because Bagley made that 3, as well, as the No. 8 Generals scored an 83-63 victory over Laramie County Community College inside the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome. The win improved Sheridan to 25-1 on the season and 10-0 in Region IX play.
Bagley’s 14 points marked the second-highest total he’s had in a conference game this season. From his point guard position, Bagley tries to have a feel for the game unlike any other player.
Bagley aims to know what the game needs from him, and he’s shown he’s aware of that each and every night. Bagley has scored anywhere from 5-15 points in region play this season while dishing upward of seven assists in any one game.
“With him being a point guard, you just have to have a pulse of the team and of the game, what’s going and where everybody is,” Hammer said. “… In a game like [Saturday’s] where he had 14 (points), 5 (rebounds) and 5 (assists), that’s what people will look at. But what we look at is the job he did on (LCCC’s) No. 3.”
Tyrese Potoma, who wears No. 3 for the Golden Eagles, entered Saturday averaging just shy of 20 points per game. He made just two of his nine shots, for a total of four points, in 36 minutes of floor time.
“Both Josh and Jay (Lewis) did a great job on No. 3,” Hammer said. “That was the best thing we saw [Saturday].”
The Generals, as a team, held the Golden Eagles to 36 percent (24 of 66) from the floor and out rebounded them 53-32. Sheridan, on the other hand, connected on 48 percent (34 of 71) of its field-goal attempts.
AJ Bramah paced the Generals, logging his second consecutive game with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Hammer has really enjoyed what he’s seen out of his 6-7 stretch forward lately both offensively and defensively.
“His last two and a half to three weeks have been great,” Hammer said. “It has been to an All-Region level, and that’s where we need him. We need him scoring and getting those rebounds and things like that. … He’s been doing a good job on defense, as well. He’s down in a stance a little more, and he’s talking.”
Cam Reece also boasted a double-double consisting of 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Sean Sutherlin chipped in 11 points.
Sheridan built its first double-digit lead at 20-9 with 11:35 to play in the opening half. The Generals constructed as large as a 16-point advantage before settling for a 41-27 lead at halftime.
SC used a 10-0 spurt early in the second half to take its first 20-point lead of the game and eased to its 33 straight win at home.
The Generals hit the road for Gillette College Wednesday. SC dominated the Pronghorns 104-78 Jan. 23 in Sheridan.
Laramie County Community College…27 36 — 63
Sheridan College……………………….41 42 — 83
LCCC — Spragion 21; Appelgren 15; Dean 10; Cabs 9; Zovko 4; Potoma 4
Sheridan College — Bramah 16; Bagley 14; Reece 13; Sutherlin 11; Eleeda 9; Lewis 8; Christmas 6; Vuksanovic 4; Murphey 2
LCCC 32 (Appelgren 8); Sheridan College 53 (Bramah 14)
LCCC 9 (Spragion 6); Sheridan College 21 (Bagley 5)