Golden Eagles' basketball dominates Adam State Grizzlies

By Shawn Havel
Slam Dunk
Ude Ifeanyichukwu slams the ball home during the home game vs. Adams State Junior Varsity on Dec. 10. The Eagles won 84–60.

The Golden Eagles won their second straight game in an 84–60 blowout against the Adams State Grizzlies junior varsity squad Dec. 10 in the Laramie County Community College gym. The win puts the Golden Eagles at 4–7 overall.

The Golden Eagles struggled to gain a lead on the Grizzlies in the early stages of the first half as Adams State was 6–8 in three-point shooting; however, after exchanging close leads with 6:32 in the first half the Golden Eagles defense shut down the Grizzlies, and the Eagles scored eight unanswered points before closing out the half, with a 36–25 lead. The team combined for five blocks and five steals in the first half and LaMel Hamberg and Philip Freeman led the team in scoring with eight points each.

The Golden Eagles continued to produce offensively, leading by as much as 31 points and gave the Grizzlies no opportunity to overcome the deficit. Julian Chiera led the team with 15 second-half points, and by the end of the game five Golden Eagles had scored in double-digits.

The 6-foot-5-inch freshman from Argentina, Chiera finished the game as the leading scorer with 18 points while fellow freshman Ude Ifeanyichukwu finished with 15 points and three blocks. Freeman finished with 11, and both Hamberg and Rodrigo Silva finished with 10 each.

The Golden Eagles addressed issues with turnovers, only losing the ball eight times in the entire game while forcing 16 by the Grizzlies.

The Golden Eagles play their final match before a three-week winter break Dec. 13 in Riverton against the Rustlers of Central Wyoming College and will resume the second half of the season Jan. 7 at home against Sheridan College.