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January 30, 2017 by Bob Ludwig

Rustlers Top Trappers

The Central Wyoming College men’s basketball team used a fast start and a gritty defensive performance to top the Northwest College Trappers Friday evening in Rustler Gymnasium by a final score of 68-61.

It was good to grind out a win. I didn't think we played our best basketball, and a lot of that is credit to Northwest's team, but we found a way to win anyway and that's a sign of a good team. We are still a work in progress and showing improvement which is very important. We have a chance to go on the road next week and we need to learn how to go into tough environments and play the same way we do at home. ”

Jack Nelson, head coach

Devon Colley had arguably his best individual performance of the season, ending the evening with an impressive stat line of 21 points, six rebounds, six assists, and a steal while going 7-11 from the field. 

“Devon played what I thought might be his best game of the season,” Coach Nelson said. “He is starting to learn to make whatever play the defense gives him - sometimes that's attacking to score and sometimes it's attacking for someone else to score and sometimes it's just plain moving the ball."

The Rustlers were balanced in their scoring outside of Colley, as Chris Quayle was the next leading scorer with 13 points. Alihan Demir ended the evening with six points and 14 rebounds, while his partner forward Irshaad Hunte had six points and 10 rebounds. Colter Galante chipped in 8 points off the bench, while Marcus Nolan and Nick Brannon ended the night with five and six points. 

The Rustlers will prepare this week to travel for back-to-back road games against Little Big Horn (Friday; 7:30PM tip-off) and Miles (Saturday; 4PM tip-off).