TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College basketball teams split a Sunday afternoon doubleheader with the Western Nebraska Community College Cougars.
The Lancer men held on late for a 67-64 victory, while the Lady Lancers fell 81-60.
In the men’s game, Western Nebraska turned the ball over twice in the final five seconds of the game, securing the victory for EWC.
Sophomore Nikola Ivkovic put the Lancers in front 26-24 with 4:22 left in the first half after trailing WNCC for much of the first half.
It was a lead Eastern Wyoming held on to until the Cougars tied the game at 62 with 1:30 left in the game. With 26 seconds left, WNCC regained the lead 64-63, but it was short lived as sophomore Kayden Toldson sank a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left.
It proved to be the final lead change of the game.
On in the ensuing inbounds play, EWC showed a full-court press, resulting in a steal by sophomore Quincy Taylor, who was promptly fouled. Taylor went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, adding to the EWC lead.
On the next WNCC possession, they were called for traveling, handing the ball back to the Lancers. Taylor was fouled quickly once again where he went 1-of-2 from the free throw line, leaving the visitors with one last shot attempt with .9 left on the clock.
The full-court desperation heave didn’t even hit the backboard.
Taylor led the Lancers with 17 points, while Toldson added 13. Freshman Tom Mark added 12 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
In the women’s game, Western Nebraska raced out to an 8-0 lead, but sophomore Ana Gascon put the Lady Lancers on the scoreboard nearly four minutes into the game.
The basket was the first of six straight points for EWC, but it wasn’t until early in the second quarter when freshman Rose Revueltas connected on one of her trio of 3-pointers in the game.
The basket put the Lady Lancers in front 19-18, but it was short-lived. The Lady Cougars answered with a 3-pointer of their own on the ensuing possession.
WNCC never trailed again.
EWC’s seven-point deficit at halftime quickly grew to double-digits in the third quarter as Western Nebraska pulled away for the remainder of the contest.
Sophomore Mara Neira led EWC with 16 points, while Revueltas added 13 points. Freshman Angela Lucio grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
EWC is back in action Wednesday at home against Western Wyoming Community College. Game times are scheduled for 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.