Eagles' wings clipped in Region IX finals

The season ended for the Laramie County Community College men's basketball team after falling 66–81 to Western Wyoming Community College March 10 during the Region IX tournament in Scottsbluff, Neb.

The game started in a dogfight, as the score reached 25–25 midway through the first half. However, the Golden Eagles fell behind 31–41 during the first half, and a second half surge was not enough to get the Eagles over the hump.

Charles Cooks led the team, scoring 14 points, and Philip Freeman added 11 points.

The Golden Eagles finished with an overall record of 14–17 after a season full of ups and downs. The team will part with four sophomores this year, including Rodrigo Silva, Freeman, LaMel Hamberg and Bruno Machado.

The March 3 game, which was on sophomore night, ended with the LCCC Golden Eagles losing 60–78 to Central Wyoming College.

Sophomore point guard Freeman led the Eagles in scoring with 26 points, going 12 for 13 from the free throw line. Sophomore shooting guard LaMel Hamberg was another leader and scored 17 points.

In the final away game of the regular season, the Golden Eagles found themselves on the short end in a 76–86 loss to Sheridan College March 1.

The team started cold, scoring 28 points in the first half before storming back with 48 points after halftime. Unfortunately, the comeback fell short.

The Eagles were led by Charles Cooks, who finished with 19 points. Alongside him, three other players finished with double-digit points. They were Germain Decoste with 14 points and eight rebounds, Machado with 10 points and Silva with 10 points.

Earlier on Feb. 28, the men defeated Lamar Community College 75–65 in Lamar.

Freeman had another outstanding offensive performance, scoring 20 points with eight assists. The Golden Eagles led 35–28 going into halftime and managed to outscore Lamar 40–37 in the second half of the game.

Along with Freeman, three other Golden Eagles scored in double-digits including Machado, who had 17 points, Silva, who had 13 points and 16 rebounds, and Julian Chiera, who scored 10 points.

Despite one of the better individual offensive performances of the season, the LCCC men's basketball team could not sweep the series against Trinidad State Junior College, losing at home 80–73 on Feb. 25.

Freeman shined offensively, scoring 22 points, having six assists and even coming up with a rare block, but LCCC could not match Trinidad State in the latter stages of the game.

LCCC started the game strong enough, going up on Trinidad State 8–0 in the first three minutes; however, Trinidad quickly closed the gap and with 13:12 remaining in the first half equalized the score at 15. From that point on, Trinidad took control of the game, and though the Golden Eagles were never completely out of it, they could not find an answer for Trinidad's offense.

The Golden Eagles went into halftime trailing 45–34 and continued to fight to stay in the game throughout the second half, but Trinidad had an answer each time the Golden Eagles made a run.

The game ended with four players from each team scoring in double-digits including Freeman.

Machado scored 15 points; Cooks scored 14, and Ude Ifeanyichukwu scored 10.

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