SHERIDAN — Miles Community College’s Cole Ashby shot just 2-of-11 from behind the arc last night, but it was his deep ball in the final five seconds that downed the Sheridan College men’s basketball team 84-83 in overtime.
In a game filled with sloppy play and some controversial whistles, the woes continued for a Sheridan team that extended its losing streak to six.
All Sheridan needed was a stop at the end of regulation, and they would have come away with their first win since Jan. 24. After Jamir Andrews missed a deep 3-pointer late in the shot clock, the Generals were clinging to a three-point lead with less than 30 seconds to play.
While Terrell Butler stood with his hands up, Miles guard Tyree King stepped into Butler to draw a foul with two seconds on the clock. It looked as if King might have stepped over the 3-point line, but the referees rewarded him three foul shots. He made all three and sent the game to overtime.
Sheridan coach Matt Hammer wasn’t worried about the play at the end of regulation, though. The Generals have lacked intensity for several weeks, and it was more of the same last night.
“The morale in the locker room hasn’t been too great for a couple weeks now,” Hammer said after Thursday night’s loss. “The only people that can change that is the guys. They’ve got to decide to come out and play hard and dig down deep and see what they’ve got inside them.”
They say practice makes perfect, but Hammer hasn’t seen much carryover from practice to the games. Talking on defense, staying disciplined and controlling the basketball are all things the Generals focus on in practice, but that didn’t translate into last night’s game.
Sheridan outrebounded Miles 46-32 and outshot them 49 percent to 39 percent, but they had only 10 assists while turning the ball over 25 times. They shot an abysmal 17 percent from behind the arc and 59 percent from the free-throw line.
“I just think we’ve got some guys that are just worried about themselves and being a little selfish right now,” Hammer said. “What we’re working on in practice, what we’re trying to do, for some reason, I don’t know, when the lights go on and the stands fill up, guys just don’t want to carryover what we’re trying to work on.
“That’s the most frustrating part of it,” he continued. “It seems like the only people that don’t realize how capable they are of playing hard and playing together is them.”
Andrews finished with 17 points for Sheridan but needed 21 shots to get there and shot just 1-of-9 from deep. Pablo Rivas also chipped in 17 points to go with 10 rebounds, and Rudy Joly added 12 points and 16 rebounds.
With just three games left in the regular season, the Generals are going to have to turn things around quickly if they want to gain any momentum heading into the region tournament. Sheridan will travel to Little Big Horn College on Saturday before returning home for a matchup with rival Gillette on Tuesday.
“I know there’s a lot of guys that are frustrated, but the only way we’re going to get out of this is if we start playing a lot harder and buying into each other and playing for each other,” Hammer said.