scoreboard illustrationMen's basketball defeats Eastern Wyoming College in overtime

Golden Eagles end losing streak at home

By Shawn Havel

The Golden Eagles’ basketball team scraped by Torrington rivals’, Eastern Wyoming College 65–62 in a back-and-forth battle decided in overtime Dec. 6 at Laramie County Community College.

The Golden Eagles struggled on offense in the early stages of the game trailing 14–3 after five minutes in the first half of play. Midway through the half, the Golden Eagles got their offense started; however, Eastern Wyoming continued to maintain a safe lead until 3:44 remained in the first half when the Golden Eagles went on a six-point run to end the half down 23–28.

Philip Freeman

Sophomore Philip Freeman outmaneuvers his opponents during the game against Eastern Wyoming College Dec. 6. Photo by Shawn Havel.

After the intermission LCCC started forcing the Lancers into mistakes and tied the game at 32 with 13:34 after an Ude Ifeanichukwu layup. From that point in the game, the Eagles and Lancers exchanged leads throughout the remainder of the half.

In overtime, the Eagles pulled away to a 61–56 lead and from there closed the game 65–62.

Sophomore Philip Freeman scored 18 points including the free-throw that put the Golden Eagles up by three with 24.5 seconds remaining in overtime and led the team in assists with four.

LaMel Hamberg contributed throughout the game with key three-point shots, finishing with 12 points and going 4–9 from behind the three-point arc. And freshman point guard from Oklahoma City Charles Cooks continued to be a leading contributor on the team, recording 10 points and three assists.

The Golden Eagles’ out-rebounded the Lancers 50–45. Ifeanichukwu and Rodrigo Silva led the team with 14 and 10 respectively.

The Golden Eagles will face the Adams State JV team at home Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. before they travel to Riverton to face Central Wyoming College Dec. 13 for their last game of the first half of the season. The Golden Eagles will resume play Jan. 7 at home against Sheridan College.