Nov 21, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorArmani Flannigan hammered a dunk on a breakaway to launch a spectacular 21-0 run at the end of the first half for Central Wyoming College to take control of the Rocky Mountain College men's junior varsity basketball team for a 80-47 victory Tuesday night at Rustler Gym.
David Beaty connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to keep the run going into the halftime break. The Rustlers finished the contest with 12 3-pointers.
"We were in a funk before the run started," Beaty said. "We were only up by four points. The coach kept on telling us to play hard. Once we got out of that funk, it really opened things up."
Beaty had a team-high 15 points for the Rustlers. Beaty was 5-of-10 from the field. Beaty had three 3-pointers. The 6-foot-7 guard played 23 minutes in the 40-minute game.
"I think that I played pretty well," Beaty said. "I'm trying to get comfortable with the team. It takes awhile, but by the end of the day we are all coming together."
Point guard Davion Pearson scored 11 points.
CWC men's coach Shelby Lindley believed the big run was the momentum changer in the game."The 21-0 run was us playing hard and getting out in transition," Lindley said. "Finding our shooters in transition is a big thing. We have plenty of shooters."
CWC finished its first stretch of games with a 6-0 record.
"Going undefeated in the first six games was one of our preseason goals," Beaty said. "It gives us confidence going into Rock Springs this weekend."
The Rustlers travel to a tournament Friday and Saturday at Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs.
"We know that we have big games this weekend," Lindley said. "We will find out what we can do and what we can't do this weekend." CWC starts the weekend at 4 p.m. Friday vs. Laramie County Community College from Cheyenne. The Rustlers play at 2 p.m. Saturday against Eastern Utah. "They are both very good teams," Lindley said. "Eastern Utah is athletic. We have to make them have some tough shots. We have to slow them down a little bit. Their bigs are going to get up and down."
LCCC took Casper College into overtime before the Thunderbirds pulled out a victory by six points.
"LCCC is going to run a 1-3-1 zone," Lindley said. "They are very athletic. They are very long. It's tough to get inside that zone."
CWC men 80, Rocky Mountain JV 47
Rocky Mountain had closed the gap on a 7-0 run to 21-17 after a 3-pointer from Colin Mariarty.
Beaty took over with his outside shooting with three 3-pointers. Backup point guard Jordan Phouthavong scored a field goal and Ryan Thomas put in an inside basket to make the halftime score 42-17.
"The Rocky Mountain coach was trying to switch everything on us and make everything really confusing on our guys," Lindley said. "He knew that they had to make the game ugly to try and have a chance.
It worked for them for the first eight minutes, then we jumped on them."
Early in the second half, Pearson scored five straight points for a 49-20 cushion.
Former Powell all-state player Chase Partridge played for Rock Mountain and scored five points in 25 minutes of action on the floor.
CWC 42 38 -- 80
RMJV 17 30 -- 47
CWC -- Davion Pearson 2 (1) 4-5 11, Tanner Newbold 2 (1) 1-1 8, David Beaty 2 (3) 2-2 15, Armani Flannigan 3 2-6 8, Isaiah Tademy (2) 0-0 6, Ryan Nemelka (3) 1-2 10, Jordan Phouthavong (1) 1 0-0 5, Tyson Lone Bear (1) 0-0 3, Roozario Wiggins 2 2-2 6, Ryan Thomas 4 0-0 8. Totals 16 (12) 12-18 80.
Rocky Mountain -- Collin Moriarty 1 (4) 2-2 16, Ryan Vanderpan (1) 0-0 3, Rob Nyby 1 0-0 2, Ben Moerkerke 6 1-2 13, Sesar Bonilla 1 1-1 3, Luke Miller1 (1) 0-0 5. Totals 11 (7) 4-6 47.
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