The #16 ranked Sheridan College Generals improved their overall record to 24-3 on the year by defeating the #13 Gillette College Pronghorns on Saturday night inside the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome. The win for the Generals also put them in first place and atop the Region IX North standings with only two conference games remaining. In front of a large and energetic home crowd, the Generals came out a jumped on the Pronghorns early. After sophomore Ladan Ricketts buried a three to give the Generals a quick 8-2 lead to start the game, the star of the night Josh Bagley hit another three to put the Generals up 11-2 with 14:45 to play in the first half. After two free throws from Channel Banks with 1:59 remaining in the first half, Gillette College found themselves trailing 40-31. The Pronghorns would be able to finish the half on a 6-0 run, bringing the score at haltime to 40-36 in favor of the Generals.
It didn't take long for the Sheridan College fans to get on their feet in the second half, as freshman forward Camron Reece caught a lob pass from Channel Banks and threw one down on the very first play out of the break. From there the Generals didn't look back as they started the half on a 22-8 run to extend their lead to 62-44 with 10:55 remaining in the game. The Pronghorns would get as close as seven points with under seven minutes remaining, but 9 points from freshman AJ Bramah in those final minutes sealed the game for the Generals.
Josh Bagley had a career night as he went 5-9 from 3-point range and finished with 26 points. Channel Banks was solid all around, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Ladan Ricketts finished with 12 points, while AJ Bramah and Cody Baumstarck controlled the paint, both finishing with 11 points.
The Generals travel to Casper College on Wednesday night to take on the T-Birds, and will return to the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome on Saturday for "Sophomore Night" as they host Northwest College at 5 PM.