X

Detailed View

Skyhawks Dismantle ThunderWolves, Improve to 13-0 at Home
Skyhawks Dismantle ThunderWolves, Improve to 13-0 at Home

Skyhawks Dismantle ThunderWolves, Improve to 13-0 at Home

By Matthew T. Roy, Photos by Kayla Cata

Sunday, February 04, 2018 | Number of views (975)

The game tipped off and then it was pretty much over for the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves in Durango on Saturday night as they were routed by the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks, 95-61.

 

The win pushed the Skyhawks to a 19-3 record on the season and a 15-2 record in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. FLC is also 13-0 at home now after the victory and maintains a one game RMAC lead over the second-ranked Westminster.

 

“Before the game, we just really talked about energy and if we came out with energy they wouldn’t really be able to match it,” senior Daniel Hernandez said. “We knew they were going to be tired from last night’s game, so the energy we came out with is what got them I think.”

 

Pueblo took the lead early on in the game, going up 5-3, but then a 14-3 run the Skyhawks put them ahead and they never looked back.

 

By halftime, the lead had exploded to 16 points, 52-36.

 

“We were just laser-focused and ready to play,” Skyhawk head coach Bob Pietrack said. “We knew what the challenge ahead of us was and we were just ready to play.”

 

The second half was more of the same and the Skyhawks started having some fun. Junior transfer Marquel Beasley put down an earth-shattering alley-oop off the backboard from Hernandez with just over 16 minutes left in the game. The next possession, Beasley got the steal and went coast-to-coast to make the lead 26 with a score of 64-38.

 

“I was just trying to keep the energy going in the building and set a high pace so they don’t get back in the game and it worked out,” Beasley said.

 

When the final buzzer sounded, the Nest was rocking at Whalen and the hometown Skyhawks had silenced the ThunderWolves with a huge victory.

 

The Skyhawks shot an incredible 60.3% from the field and 57% from behind the arc. Hernandez finished with 19 on 24 minutes of action, senior DJ Miles had 18 on just seven shots, and Beasley put in 14 in just 22 minutes.

 

“We were just getting the ball reversed and opening things up,” Hernandez said. “We made the right plays today. We are learning how to play a lot better together and starting to move the ball around better.”

 

Overall, five FLC players were in double digits with  sophomore Riley Ferris chipping in for 16 and senior  Brandon Wilson scoring 13

 

“I think we are starting to peak,” senior Rasmus Bach said. “The chemistry is finally starting to show and I think you can see that from last night and tonight. We are making the the game a little easier for each other and that is really nice to see.

 

The victory was significant in for more reasons than just the RMAC prowess though. The win gave Bach his 93rd win as a member of the program, making him the winningest player in school history.

 

“The program means the world to me,” Bach said. “I didn’t have really any offers coming out of high school so for my career to pan out the way it has, it’s just truly a blessing. In terms being the winningest player in program history, I don’t think right now I can really reflect on it. I think once I get older I’ll really start to appreciate it but I definitely didn’t do this alone. Ever since Chief [Alex Herrera] has been here, that’s when I started racking up the wins so, it’s great to have my name up there but I am definitely not alone.”

 

“I am going to enjoy this and celebrate Rasmus being the all-time winningest Fort Lewis player,” Pietrack said. “In our program, we don't celebrate individual accomplishments too often, but this one is special."

 

FLC will now be on the road for their next four games before coming back home to play Westminster,on the 24th. That game, if the two teams hold serve until then, will most likely be for the RMAC regular season title.

 
Print

Number of views (975)/Comments (0)

Please login or register to post comments.

x
Breaking

Q&A with President Stritikus

Benjamin Mandile
9/22/2018
Tom Stritikus started as the new President of Fort Lewis College Aug. 1 and has taken it upon himself to engage with the students, faculty and...
Number of views (11)
Fort Lewis College Campus Blotter

Fort Lewis College Campus Blotter

Article by: Meritt Drake Photo by: Colton Branstetter
9/20/2018

The Fort Lewis College Campus Police released a crime log for incident that occured from Aug. 29 to Sept. 10 on campus.

Number of views (479)

Kicking off Hispanic Heritage month with Fiesta on the Mesa

Meritt Drake
9/14/2018
El Centro’s 14th annual Fiesta on the Mesa will be held at the Student Union outdoor plaza Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event takes...
Number of views (613)

ASFLC Promotes SkyHub Sign Ups

By Benjamin Mandile
9/14/2018
The Associated Students of Fort Lewis College met Wednesday night to discuss promoting SkyHub, the first semester ambassador position and to...
Number of views (176)
RSS
Advertise with us

Would you like to advertise your business, event or cause with the Independent?

The Independent gives clients the opportunity to reach one of the best target markets in the Durango Area.

Various advertising options are available. Click here for more information!


The Independent | Fort Lewis College | 1000 Rim Drive | Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-7405 |  independent@fortlewis.edu