Jaren Miller rose up for a layup against Miles Thursday in Riverton. (photo by Carl Cote)

BY: SHAWN O’BRATE

STAFF WRITER

RIVERTON – After a strong game Thursday where the Central Wyoming College (CWC) Rustlers dominated the Miles City Pioneers, CWC hosted another home game on Saturday against JumpStart Academy. 

The Lady Rustlers did not play on Saturday, preparing for their Region IX Crossover Tournament at Western Nebraska Community College, but the boys put on yet another shooting clinic on the JumpStart team in front of a sea of orange-and-white at Rustler Gymnasium. 

They got off to a hot start once again, despite starting the game down 5-2, and once the Rustlers gained the lead with a 7-5 score three minutes into the game they would not let go of it. 

Sophomore Jaren Miller really got the ball rolling, both from beyond the arc and the free throw line, which led to him being the leading scorer of the game and having one of the best games of his young career. 

With a little over nine minutes left in the first quarter the Rustlers doubled-up the JumpStart Academy team, 31-14, and that would be the type of game from then on out as the Rustlers could seemingly not miss. The Rustlers stole the ball 13 times in the game, seven of which came in the first half which led to a 59-35 lead when the horn blew and the teams exited to the locker room. 

Jared Lucas drove basline against his Miles defender Thursdday in Rivertonl.

When both teams came out in the second half it was obvious that CWC was feeling themselves and continued to shoot the ball efficiently and without consciousness. JumpStart also started to put up some more shots with Tyler Scoresby really taking off in the second half. 

It would not matter much for CWC, however. Even though Scoresby led the JumpStart team with 20 points by the end of the game, the Rustlers were shooting lights out and ended up shooting 43% from the field. 

CWC also made 74% of their free throws which helped boost their lead alongside their 15 offensive rebounds, which allowed for a lot of second chance opportunities. In the end the Rustlers would win their third straight game by 18 or more points, this time winning by a score of 99-65. 

CWC finished with 51 rebounds, two more than JumpStart, and 13 steals which all came from their stifling defense which also forced JumpStart to turn the ball over 32 total times. 

Miller led all scorers with 32 points along with six rebounds while his teammates Lorence Dela Cruz (15 points), Trey Simms (17 points), and Javonne Nesbit (12 points) all added double-digit scoring performances to the box score. Sophomore forward Niieihii Black led the Rustlers in rebounding (nine) as well as in blocks (three). 

Freshman point guard Lorence Dela Cruz shot a three during the second half against Miles Community College Thursday in Riverton. (photo by Carl Cote)

Up next for the Rustlers is one more home game on Thursday, January 12, against Northeastern Junior College, a team they beat back in November by a score of 74-66. After that the boys travel to Colorado Springs to face off against Lamar Community College on Friday and Air Force Prep on Saturday. 

As stated earlier, the Lady Rustlers travel to Nebraska to take on the home team Western Nebraska Community College on Thursday, Northeastern Junior College on Friday and Colorado Ballers on Saturday. All games will be able to be viewed by going to Rustlerathletics.com. 

GO RUSTLERS!