The Miles Community College basketball teams hosted Sheridan College in a Region IX double-header on Saturday afternoon at the MCC Centra.
The Lady Pioneers lost 66-55 and then the Pioneers dropped a heart-breaking 81-80 game in the nightcap.
The MCC women dropped to 11-9 on the season and 2-5 in the Region IX North standings. The MCC men fell to 10-10 and 3-4. Both teams will be in Glendive on Wednesday night against arch-rival Dawson Community College.
In the men’s game, the teams played close throughout.
In the first half, the teams had five ties and four lead changes. Sheridan led by as many as seven and the Pioneers led by as many as eight before settling for a 46-42 lead at halftime.
The trends continued in the second half with eight more lead changes, including five in the final minutes.
With 4:22 to play, Ryan McCarty gave the Pioneers a 76-70 lead with a three-pointer, only to have Sheridan answer with seven straight points.
Quinn Smith gave the lead back to the Pioneers with a basket at the 1:32 mark, but Sheridan answered with a basket to go back up 79-78.
After a few missed shots for both teams, the Pioneers got the ball into the hands of Smith, who connected to give the Pioneers an 80-79 lead with 16 seconds to play.
The Generals (18-3, 6-1) hustled the ball down the court and missed a three-pointer, but got the rebound.
After a timeout, Preston Wells hit a short jumper at the buzzer to give the Generals the win.
“It was a heartbreaking loss,” Pioneers Head Coach Chase Tait said. “We missed a couple chances before that last shot. Missed a layup and a free throw before that may have salted it away. In a game that comes down to one possession, things can add up. I do feel good about the way we’re playing right now. Any time you can take Sheridan to a one-possession game, you’ve played a pretty good basketball game. Unfortunately, it didn’t go the right way at the end.”
The game was delayed at the 2:43 mark of the second half when Joshua Adeyeye of Sheridan suffered a devastating broken leg in front of the MCC student section.
The Pioneers shot 42 percent from the field and were 12-15 from the free throw line. McCarty finished with 22 points, including three three-pointers to lead the Pioneers. Jonathan Dogbo had 16 points and Smith finished with 13.
Adeyeye had 15 points and 14 rebounds before suffering his injury.
In the women’s game, the Lady Pioneers fell behind early by as many as 11 points. But they clawed their way back into the game, cutting the lead to 26-22 in the final minutes of the first half before trailing 31-24 at halftime.
Sheridan shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, while the Lady Pioneers shot just 23 percent from the field.
Sheridan maintained their lead through the second half. A three-pointer from Ashley Hildreth cut the score to one, 44-43 and after a Sheridan basket, Tess Blaquiere hit a three to tie the score at 46. But Sheridan responded with a 9-0 run that sealed the win.
The Lady Pioneers had a poor shooting night, shooting just 27 percent from the field and 6-36 from three-point range.
Petra Lumpert led the Lady Pioneers with 14 points, Jaycin Tini had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Blaquiere finished with 11 points.
Madison Forney led Sheridan with 18 points.
Sheridan 81, Pioneers 80
Sheridan 42 39 - 81
Miles 46 34 - 80
Pioneers (10-10, 3-4)- Teslim Idris 8, JOnathan Dogbo 16, LaSalle Massey 8, Quinn Smith 13, Emmanuel Olufemi 4, Conner Smyle 3, Tyree King 6, Ryan McCarty 22.
Sheridan (18-3, 6-1)- Abednego Lufile 6, Joshua Adeyeye 16, Ra”Vonn Posey 2, Rudolphe Joly 5, Preston Wells 7, Frederic Dure 19, Jamir Andrews 11, Jeff Amazan 13, Iakeem Alston 4.
Sheridan 66, Lady Pioneers 55
Sheridan 31 35 - 66
Miles 24 31 - 55
Lady Pioneers (11-9, 2-5)- Tess Blaquiere 11, Jaycin Tini 13, Ashley Malmquist 9, Shelby Weeks 1, Petra Lumpert 14, Ashley Hildreth 7.
Sheridan (14-7, 4-3)- Sierra Toms 15, Josie Three Irons 12, Tiana Hanson 7, Phoebe Hinds 4, Madison Forney 18, Katie Kuhn 6, Morgan Wille 2, Shae Bruursema 2.