Cougar men’s hoops team still has shot
     2016-02-12      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
North Platte Community College’s Tyree Peter’s double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds boosted the Knights’ offense as they claimed a 90-73 South Division win over Western Nebraska Community College Saturday night in North Platte.

WNCC trailed 37-32 at halftime, but an early scoring run when play resumed as the difference. North Platte vaulted out to a 61-41 lead, and the Cougars never recovered.

The loss drops the Cougars to 5-8 in South play and 15-10 overall. North Platte moves to 7-5 in the South Division and 15-9 overall. WNCC remains alive as a first-round host at the regional tournament. They are two games out of a top-four spot coming down the regular season stretch. The Cougars’ loss came two days after a 96-94 victory over McCook Community College on Feb. 4.

WNCC Head Coach Russ Beck said it was a rough night, but they still have a chance for a top tournament seeding.

“I love our group. We have great young men and everyone know it. We just need to play together,” he said. “Three straight home games give us a chance to pick up some momentum. We need to finish strong.”

Saturday night was a mixture of several things, Beck said. “It was a rough night and we need to get healthy. We are missing two starters and three bench players. We did a poor job keeping Tyree Peters off the offensive glass. We also played selfishly offensively with only two assists to 16 turnovers. We need to play both ends of the floor as a team.”

Both teams shot equally. WNCC connected on 45 percent of its shots while North Platte was at 48 percent. WNCC connected on five three pointers, led by Chase Mason with three, while North Platte had four from beyond the arc.

Getting buckets at the charity stripe and on offense upped North Platte’s shooting stats. The Knights were red hot at 80 percent (20-of-25) while WNCC was made only 58 percent (14-of-24) of its goals. North Platte had five players in double figures; Leito Holloway topped scorers with 19 points.

WNCC had three players in double figures. Phil Fayne led the way with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Sparks led all scorers with 23 points, including going 10-of-11 for free throws.

Daylon Harris also talliled 11 points, while Tyrell Williams cleaned the glass with 11 rebounds.

WNCC 32 41 – 73

North Platte 37 53 – 90

WNCC

Daylon Harris 11, RJ Palmer 4, Michael Sparks 23, Michael Connor 3, Bo McVay 3, Derrick Bowers 3, Chase Mason 8, Phil Fayne 11, Tyrell Williams 7.

NORTH PLATTE

Tim Wagner 3, Leito Holloway 19, Diontae Champion 16, Mark Gilbert 3, Victor Lewis 17, Tyree Peter 16, Jordan Mills 10, Michael Mitchell 6.

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