TORRINGTON – The visiting Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles outscored Eastern Wyoming College 29-9 over the final 8:55 of the game to hand the Lancers a 90-74 loss on Monday evening in the regular season finale.
Freshman Chris Tsamas gave the Lancers a 65-61 lead with under nine minutes to play in the game, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Laramie County put the Golden Eagles back in front.
It proved to be the last lead chance of the game as LCCC pulled away for the victory.
Prior to the late surge by the visitors, neither team held more than a five-point advantage.
The teams traded the lead eight times in the first half.
Three of the lead changes came in a span of three minutes, and Torrington High School graduate and LCCC freshman Jackson Jones caused two of them, putting the Golden Eagles in front on two occasions with a pair of 3-pointers.
The Lancers’ largest lead of the half came at the 13:37 mark in the first half when freshman Soyane Nocara’s hit a triple putting EWC in front 10-6.
Meanwhile, Laramie County’s largest lead came with 3:05 left, leading 36-31.
Over the final three minutes, the Lancers battled back to tie the game at 42 at the half.
EWC’s lead reached six after back-to-back buckets by freshman Malik Frederick with 13:30 left in the game.
Over the next five minutes, the Lancers held the lead, but with 7:23 left in the game, Laramie County regained the lead for good.
Nocara led the Lancers with 14 points, while freshman Kayden Toldson added 12.
Jones finished the game with six points, two rebounds and an assist.
The Lancers finished the regular season with a 14-8 record and 6-4 in the Region IX North.
The Region IX Tournament will be held in Cheyenne, hosted by Laramie County Community College. The tournament is scheduled for April 8-10.