GILLETTE, Wyo.--The Gillette College basketball teams had a couple big victories on Saturday afternoon against Dawson Community College. The Pronghorn women (12-6, 4-1) took down the Lady Bucs, 74-60, at the South Campus. The Pronghorn men (16-2, 5-0) won their 15th straight game, defeating Dawson Community College, 117-90, at the South Campus.
In the women's game, both Dawson and Gillette came into the game at 3-1 in Region IX play, tied for third in the North Sub-Region.
The Pronghorns took a 20-10 lead halfway through the first half. At that point, Head Coach Will Rider of Gillette College brought in some subs to give them some experience. The subs were not very successful against the Lady Bucs, as Dawson Community College went on a 13-0 run to take a 23-20 lead.
The starters for Gillette College came back in the game and were able to tie it up at 24 and 30, and eventually taking a 32-30 lead. Dawson responded, tying it at 32 points. Bryce Mitchell for Dawson Community College made three-pointer from the right corner with seconds left in the half to take a 35-32 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Kallee Wilson and Alicia Carline led the Pronghorns in an offensive attack. Carline had a career-high 21 rebounds in the game; eight were in the second half. Wilson scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half; that was the game-high for all players.
Dawson made a couple buckets late in the game to threaten Gillette College, but the Pronghorns kept it out of reach for the Lady Bucs. Chelsea Ullery helped out with a crucial 2-pointer as she was fouled. Ullery converted the free throw, as well. Rider mentioned in a post-game interview that that was a key play in the game for Gillette College.
In the men's game, Gillette College led for all but a 3-2 score in favor of Dawson Community College. Granted, Dawson was short three players, but Gillette College had a 70-42 lead by halftime. Muhammad Ahmed, Dwight Anderson and Lorenzo Bonham each had 10 or more points by the end of the first stanza. Sarp Gobeloglu scored two threes and a deuce in the first half, almost twice his average of 4.1 points-per-game.
The Pronghorns made 65 percent of their shots form the field compared to 34.2 percent for Dawson in the first half.
In the second half, Steven Daho-Mundzo was the go-to guy down low. Daho-Mundzo averaged 6.6 points-per-game coming into the match. He had 14 points in the second half from inside the arc; he finished with 19 points.
Head Coach Shawn Neary let the subs play for the last third of the second half. Logan Burningham took advantage of his time on the floor. He sank a three and two-pointer to finish with 5 points in the game.
Both Pronghorn teams go on the road to play Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs, Wyo. on Wednesday. The men will be looking for their 16th win in a row.
For the women, it means a chance to possibly jump to sole possession of first place in the Region IX North Sub-Region standings.
Both Gillette College and Western Wyoming College are 4-1 in Region IX play. Northwest College lost to Sheridan College on Saturday to go to 4-1 in the Region IX North Sub-Region. This sets up a three-way tie for first place going into Wednesday's games. Northwest College will be at home against Central Wyoming College on Wednesday. The team in first place on the women's side in the North Sub-Region gets to host the Region IX tournament this year.