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Freshman Aleksandar Brankovic pulls up in the lane over three Rocky Mountain College defenders during Wednesday night
Freshman Aleksandar Brankovic pulls up in the lane over three Rocky Mountain College defenders during Wednesday night's contest at the Fortin Center. (Photo courtesy: Nathalee Brown)

Bears Pull Away Late to Top Centurions 83-75

By Scott Lemon, Yellowstone Christian College SID

BILLINGS, MT — The Yellowstone Christian College Centurions were within three points with less than two minutes remaining, but late clutch free throws by Rocky Mountain College made the difference as the Bears topped the Centurions 83-75 on Wednesday night.

Aaron Munday-Rashid led the charge as the Centurions battled back into the game after trailing by as much as 15 in the game. Munday-Rashid finished with 17 points, including 12 in the second half alone. Stefan Tellis and junior Thomas Rowland, who played in his first game this season, joined Munday-Rashid in double-figures with 13 and 12 points respectively.

“I was excited for him,” said Head Coach Leonard Epps about Rowland’s performance. “We had to deal with some issues off the floor so he had to sit a few games. He was amped to play tonight. He had a great game and we are looking for big things out of him down the line.”

Throughout the night, the Bears would gradually increase their lead, but the Centurions always had an answer. Late in the ballgame, YCC mounted a comeback, as Rowland drained a three-pointer to bring the Centurions within three. But after Munday-Rashid and Abraham Nyok fouled out, all YCC could do was attempt to extend the game by fouling. The Bears, who finished shooting 21 of 27 from the charity stripe, made their freebees count, and pulled away for a 83-75 victory.

“Like I told them in the locker room after the game. Go back out to the gym and look at the history here at Rocky. We are a second year program, and I’m excited that we can come out here and compete against a team like this. We lost to this team twice last year by a combined 90 points. So to have the result we had tonight, I’m excited,” said Epps with a smile on his face.

The Bears were led offensively by Zach Hinton who posted a double-double with a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds.

The Centurions travel to Great Falls on Friday night, as both the men and women take on the University of Great Falls starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information about the season and for full game recaps, visit www.gocenturions.com.

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