SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – Both Eastern Wyoming College basketball teams suffered their first losses of the season Tuesday evening with a trip to Western Nebraska Community College and the Cougar Palace.
In the men’s game, the Lancers came up short 108-96 in double overtime.
EWC jumped out to a 42-31 lead by halftime, leading by as many 17 in the first half.
In the second half, the Cougars used a late run to tie the game and force overtime.
After an additional five minutes of play, the teams were still knotted up, but in the second extra period, Western Nebraska outscored the Lancers 17-5 to pull away for the victory.
A total of six Lancers ended the game in double figures.
Freshman Herman Melashych led the Lancers with 19 points, while freshmen Terrance Jones and Nikolas Gustavson added 16 apiece. Freshman Kayden Toldson had 14, while frehman Chris Tasmas tossed in 11 and sophomore Carter Berish 10.
In the women’s game, WNCC jumped out to a quick lead and cruised to an 88-71 victory.
The Lady Cougars scored at least 20 points in each quarter.
By the end of the first quarter, the Lady Lancers trailed 27-16. Western Nebraska pushed its lead to 47-28 by halftime
In the second half, EWC outscored WNCC, but by the final horn, it was only a difference of two points in the 17-point loss.
Freshman Natalie Kalaydjiev led the Lady Lancers with 23 points, while sophomore Montse Gutierrez Ibanez added 14. Sophomore Janette Hanni had nine.
Both EWC teams are back in action at home on Saturday, Jan. 30 against the College of Southern Idaho. The women’s game tips at noon with the men to follow at 2 p.m. The women are also at home on Monday, Feb. 1 against Colorado Northerwestern Community College at 5 p.m.