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January 22, 2009 3:47 am

Generals notch comeback victory over Northwest

Written by Tribune Staff

Trappers now hold 9-9 mark

The Northwest College Trappers saw their current losing streak extend to three games following a 76-67, road loss to Sheridan College Tuesday night.

For the Trappers, the loss was particularly disappointing because they held a 38-27 advantage at halftime and appeared to be en route to a key road victory.

“Going into it, I felt there were three things we needed to do in order to win the game,” said NWC head coach Andy Ward.

“I thought we needed to control the transition game. We also needed to control the boards and stop Sheridan from getting into the lane with their dribble penetration. We wanted to force them to take shots from the perimeter.

“In the first half, we did a good job in those areas. After halftime, our focus slipped a little bit. When that happens against a team like Sheridan on the road, it makes it tough. I just feel bad for our guys. It was a tough one to lose, but I'm extremely proud of their effort.”

After building an 11-point lead in the first half, the Trappers were outscored 49-29 during the final 20 minutes of the contest. Ward said foul trouble played a key role in the outcome. Point guard Julian Olubuyi, who has been among the Trappers' top players on offense and defense, picked up his fourth foul with just more than 10 minutes left in the game. That landed him on the bench until about the five-minute mark, Ward said. The sophomore eventually fouled out with under a minute to play.

Casper Hesseldal also encountered foul trouble, which affected his playing time considerably in the second half.

Hesseldal, who was NWC's leading scorer in the game, fouled out with about three minutes remaining, according to Ward.

Three Trappers finished with double-digit point totals Tuesday night. Hesseldal had 18 points, and Olubuyi and Mitchell Ackelson added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Others scoring for the Trappers were Jordan Harris (9 points), Cody Ball (9), Ricardo Bodra (4), Anthony Harris (2) and Keith Kegerreis (1). Hesseldal also led the team in rebounds with nine.

Sheridan had four players finish with 10 points or more, including Moustapha Diarra, who scored 17 points. J.R. Cadot also enjoyed a solid game and finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. His effort on the boards helped the Generals outrebound NWC 43-31.

• Up next: The Trappers (9-9 overall, 2-3 WCCAC, 1-1 North Sub-Region) will be in action again today (Thursday) when they host Little Big Horn College in a 7:30 p.m. game. On Saturday, NWC will be on the road for a 3 p.m. matchup with Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont.