With five games left in the regular season, it's a good time to get rolling.
The Gillette College men's basketball team made it two wins in a row with a 76-64 victory over Miles Community College on Wednesday night in Gillette.
The Pronghorns had four players score in double figures and closed out another crucial conference win.
Gillette College got a show from its sophomores. Andre Marquez, a 6-foot-3 guard from Aurora, Colo., and Myles Henry, a 6-2 guard from Milwaukee, led all scorers with 17 points apiece.
Dwight Anderson, a 6-2 freshman from Minneapolis, pumped in 13 points and seven rebounds, and Jayden Walsh finished with 12 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes of play.
"It was one of those games where we just kind of battled. It's just nice to get another conference win," Pronghorns coach Shawn Neary said.
Gillette College (13-10 overall, 7-4 Region IX North Conference) led early in the first half and the rest of the game, but the Pioneers (9-15, 3-7) just kept hanging around.
The Pronghorns led by as many as 15 points. But Miles shot 51 percent from the floor in the second half and the Pioneers cut it to 67-61 with just under four minutes remaining.
"Coach told us at halftime that this is a team that's not going to give up or roll over easy," said Henry, who had eight rebounds, five on the defensive glass. "At times we let up off the gas pedal and they capitalized. But we were able to regroup."
The Pioneers nailed 5-of-13 from 3-point range in the first half, so they are capable of making up ground in a hurry. They weren't quite so deadly in the second half, but the team still hit 14-of-27 from the field over the last 20 minutes.
"A 10-point lead never did feel comfortable tonight," Neary said.
Anderson hit a nice little runner through the lane to end a 7-2 Pioneer run. Miles cut it to 65-59, but Anderson's basket and free throws down the stretch kept Gillette College out of reach.
"Coach was letting us go up and down the floor a little bit tonight, but there's times when we need to slow down," Anderson said. "We slowed the ball down in their zone a little bit. We rotated the ball well and everybody was able to contribute."
Neary went with a four-guard lineup from the start, combining Mitch Clarke, Marquez, Henry and Anderson with the inside presence of Walsh, a 6-8 post from Melbourne, Australia. The combination of speed and quickness gave the Pronghorns a different look.
"I like it. Everybody swings the ball, hits the open man and takes the open shot," Anderson said. "We've been playing consistent. We just need to finish the season out strong."
Gillette has a key North Conference clash at 5p.m. Saturday with Western Wyoming Community College coming to the CCHS South Campus.
Sheridan College holds a one-game edge on top of the North Conference standings. Casper College and Central Wyoming are tied for second.
Gillette ranks third and plays three of its five remaining games at home.