Against Region IX foe Northeastern, Chris Hansen knocked down 24 points and also pulled down eight boards. Teammate Jefrey Solarin added his second double-double of the season, going off for 21 points and 13 rebounds as the pair of former Colorado …
Northwest improves to 5-0
The Northwest College men’s basketball program improved to 5-0 on the young season with weekend wins over Northeastern and Dodge City. The Trappers were also in action Wednesday night at Billings against the Rocky Mountain College JV team.
The Trappers took a 100-56 win over the Battlin’ Bears reserves to open the year.
Against Region IX foe Northeastern, Chris Hansen knocked down 24 points and also pulled down eight boards. Teammate Jefrey Solarin added his second double-double of the season, going off for 21 points and 13 rebounds as the pair of former Colorado prep standouts enjoyed a homecoming of sorts on the Sterling, Colo., campus.
Junior Coleman added a 16-point showing and dished out five assists.
On Saturday, the Trappers locked up against Dodge City, winning 88-79. Four players reached double figures in the contest for the Trappers, led by Solarin’s 25 points.
Also breaking into double figures were Coleman with 19, Konner Frey with 15 points and Hansen with 14. Sophomore Diego Pasos narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with nine points and a team-best 11 rebounds in the contest.
Once again, the Trappers owned the glass, pulling in 49 rebounds to Dodge City’s 34. Solarin and Coleman each had eight rebounds in support. Frey had six assists while Coleman dished out five to demonstrate strong balance among the Trappers’ starting five.
Northwest shot 50 percent from the floor in the victory.
“Our rebounding certainly went a long way to helping us win both nights,” said Trapper head coach Andy Ward. “We did a good job of attacking the glass and that’s something we’re going to need to be able to do consistently this season.”
Powell fans have the opportunity to see the Trappers play twice this weekend. The team hosts Williston State College on Friday and the University of Montana-Western JV on Saturday. Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m. as part of the First Bank of Wyoming Shootout at Cabre Gym.
Both games will also be preceeded by appearances by the Northwest College women’s basketball team, 3-2. The Trapper women also face Williston on Friday night. The team will take on a Northwest College alumni squad in Saturday’s action.
Tip-off for both women’s games is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
“Events like this give us the opportunity to play a couple more games at home and give our fans some early chances to see the team play,” Ward said. “We’re grateful for the support.”
Northwest 79, Northeastern 72
Junior Coleman 16, Konner Frey 3, Chris Hansen 24, Diego Pasos 3, Ty Ackelson 2, Guilherme Carabagiale 1, Zach Stanley 7, Jeffrey Solarin 21, Pietro de Andrade 2.
Northwest 88, Dodge City 79
Jeffrey Solarin 25, Junior Coleman 19, Konner Frey 15, Chris Hansen 14, Diego Pasos 9, Zach Stanley 3, Pietro de Andrade 3.