The Western Pioneer men’s basketball team travelled to Snyder, Texas to take on Region 5 member Western Texas, Tuesday, Nov. 3. The Pioneers were coming off two losses at the New Mexico Junior College classic and were unsure if they could muster enough energy for their fourth game in five days.
Western Texas started out strong executing and working the ball well versus the Pioneer pressure. The Pioneers took a nine point lead into to the locker room 30-39. Western turned up the pressure and won the second period scoring battle, tying the game 70-70 to force overtime. The game went down to the wire and Western prevailed 79-75.
Arkim Robertson had a huge game on the boards with 11 rebounds and four blocks. Tyren Harrison proved to be an iron man as he played 45 minutes and scored 23 points for the Pioneers. Imani Edwards and Rasheed Wallace combined for 35 points.
“It really was a collective effort and a testament to what these guys can do when they play all out. Western Texas is a well-coached team and the arena is a tough place to play. We will need this kind of effort to earn a place among the leaders in our region, “ said Coach Rolando De La Barrera. Western ups its record 2-2 and takes on Clarendon College Friday in Texas.
Judith Norton is the Director of Public Information for Western Oklahoma State College