EWC hoops 2-1 on Nebraska trip


MCCOOK, Neb. – The Eastern Wyoming College basketball teams went 2-1 on a weekend swing through Nebraska against North Platte and McCook Community Colleges.

On Friday, the women’s game was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns within the North Platte Lady Knight’s program, but the men’s game went on as scheduled.

The Lancers defeated North Platte Community College 79-57.

Eastern Wyoming led 37-35 at halftime, but the Lancers poured on 42 second-half points to pull away for the road win.

The Lancers had three players in double-figures. Freshman Chris Tsamas led the team with 15 points, while sophomore Carter Berish added 11.  Freshman Nikolas Gustavson came off the bench to tally 10 points.

On Saturday, the Lady Lancers defeated McCook Community College 63-55.

EWC pushed an early lead to double digits early in the second quarter before McCook made its rally.

By the end of the third quarter, the Lady Indians closed to the gap to 47-45 before the Lady Lancers outscored McCook 16-10 in the final quarter.

Sophomore Montse Gutierrez Ibanez led the team with 12 points, while Mara Neira and Ana Gascon added 10 points each.

In the men’s game, the Lancers came up short 79-74 against McCook Community College.

Eastern Wyoming shot 45.3% from the field, made 10-of-24 shots from 3-point range (41.7%). The Lancers out rebounded the Indians, 31-28.

No individual stats were available at press time.

The women’s team is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Laramie County Community College, and the men’s team returns home to face the Colorado All-Stars at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 and Adams State JV at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

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