WNCC men see double figures but not enough
     2014-11-13      By The Gering Citizen   
Courtesy photos - WNCC's Tyler Crosbie goes airborne as he delivers a pass during the Cougars’ successful bout with Northwest College. WNCC will be at home this weekend when they host ranked opponents College of Southern Idaho and Salt Lake Community College. Friday night is also military and veterans appreciation night with special recognition to those that have served and are serving in the military. 
GARDEN CITY, Kan. -- The Western Nebraska Community College put three players in double figures, but it wasn't enough as Independence Community College hit some clutch free throws down the stretch to post an 85-73 win in the second day of the Buster Classic in Garden City, Kan.
The Cougars trailed just 45-38 at the half. The difference in the game was Independence connected on eight 3-pointers while WNCC had five. The Cougars were also 36 of 53 from the free throw line.

"We just did not do enough of the little things today and that's a shame like missed free throws, hustle plays, and box outs," WNCC coach Russ Beck said. "We have a tremendous hill to climb tomorrow [Saturday] when we face off against Trinity Valley and we better play our best game of this young season to come home on a high note."
WNCC was also playing without Tyler Crosbie, who was injured in the first half of the Garden City game on Thursday.

Beck said not having Crosbie on the court takes a key ingredient from the team.
"We really missed Tyler tonight," Beck said. "He just flies under the radar for this team in how he plays defense and moves the ball. We need to get him healthy and back on the court as soon as we can."

WNCC was led by Diante Mitchell with 25 points followed by Preston Christensen with 16 and Damion Rashford with 15. After that, 7-foot-1 Davis Carter chipped in six points.

The Cougars will finish out the Buster Classic with a contest against No. 2 Trinity Valley Community College in the afternoon. They will then face Hastings College junior varsity on the road on Tuesday before hosting the Region 9/18 Challenge on Friday and Saturday where the Cougars will face two top-10 ranked teams in College of Southern Idaho and Salt Lake Community College.
WNCC (1-2) 38 35 -- 73
Independence 45 40 -- 85
WNCC
Damion Rashford 15, Preston Christensen 16, Diante Mitchell 25, Davis Carter 6, Jalen Griffiths 4, Chad Owens 4, Lekeith Ingram 2, Chase Mason 2.

WNCC's Christensen nails 32 points, but Cougars fall to Garden City 78-72

GARDEN CITY, Kansas – Preston Christensen nailed six treys and scored 32 points but it wasn’t enough as Garden City Community College used a big second half to down Western Nebraska Community College 78-72 Thursday night at the Buster Classic.
The Cougars controlled much of the contest, grabbing a 35-32 lead at halftime. WNCC also led 60-53 with under six minutes to play before the Broncbusters went on a 9-0 lead, including seven straight points by John Bell for 2 62-60 lead.
WNCC came back to grab a 63-62 lead after three points by Damion Rashford, but Garden City bounced back nailing 12 of 14 in the final three minutes of the game to get the win.

Both teams shot equally from the field in the game. The Cougars shot 41 percent in the first half and then finished the game shooting 42 percent. WNCC also nailed seven treys in the contest while finishing 21 of 24 from the free throw line. WNCC was 11 of 12 from the charity stripe in the first half.

The Broncbusters were just as deadly from the field, shooting 40 percent from the field while connecting on six 3-pointers. Garden City was also 26 of 32 from the charity stripe.

WNCC was led by Christensen’s 32 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Also hitting for double digits for the Cougars were Diante Mitchell with 14 points while Rashford had 11 points.

Garden City was led in scoring by Davon Anderson with 21 points followed by Tyrell Springer with 14 and Bell with 13.
WNCC (1-1) will continue play in the Buster Classic when they face Independence Community College on Friday before facing No. 2 Trinity Valley Community College on Saturday. Trinity Valley defeated Independence earlier in the day 85-50.
WNCC (1-1) 35 37 – 72
Garden City (3-0) 32 46 – 78
WNCC
Damion Rashford 11, Preston Christensen 32, Tyler Crosbie 4, Julio Guity 4, Lakeith Ingram 5, Diante Mitchell 14, Jalen Griffiths 2.

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