Phillip Thomas scoops up a bucket while holding off his defender with a well placed elbow. The Eagles are still perfect on the '08 season.
Western Wyoming rolled into town last Tuesday and were the ones who ended up getting rolled as CEU took them down by the score of 102-83. They headed to Casper to play ball instead of eating on turkey on Thanksgiving Day and instead feasted on a 85-71 win over Casper. The following day they went on to beat Northwestern Junior College of Colorade 76-70 to remain perfect at 9-0 on the season.
It was CEU from start to finish in the Tuesday game against Western Wyoming as they took control early and never let them get close. They led from start to finish to set the tone for the games to come later in the week.
"It was our best offensive performance of the year so far. Defensively we forgot what our identity was but its still early and we have a long way to go. We are 9-0 now and playing very well." remarked Coach Chris Craig.
In Casper, Darington Hobson collected his fifth double/double for the year scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. CEU showed a very balanced offense as four other players also scored in double digits. Mike Scott had 14 points and dished out four assists. Nick Thompson stuffed in 12 on 6-9 shooting. Stephen Franklin matched the 12 points also going 6-9. Phillip Thomas netted 11. His points were mostly from hitting 7-10 from the line. Chandler Pearson added 10 and grabbed seven rebounds.
It wasn't as easy against 18th ranked NJC 70. CEU was down early and trailed the Plainsmen of Colorado by 15 at the half. Down 28-43, the second half defense by CEU held NJC to just 17 points while scoring 32 themselves.
CEU still trailed by eight with five minutes left in regulation, but managed to cut into the lead to force the game into overtime. The Golden Eagles score 16 points in the overtime period to secure the win.
Hobson led with 19 points. The guards step up with Scott scoring 14 points and Isaiah Williams with 13.
Craig summed up the weekend, "Last weekend we beat #18 in the country Northeastern, out of Sterling, Colo. We were down 16 points at half and fought back to win, our guys showed a lot of heart and courage. When we beat Casper College we played good in spurts, we still have to learn how to put a complete game together.'
The team hits the road until Dec. 13 when they face another all-star team at the BDAC at 7:30 p.m.