Pioneers finish regular season with a win on the road

Star Staff
Monday, February 24, 2020

Pioneers sophomore AK Kuany and the Miles Community College Pioneers men’s basketball team end their regular season with a big road win, beating United Tribes Technical College, 122-102, in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The Pioneers used a huge first half lead as well as an efficient and effective shooting day to finish out their regular season strong.

Kuany, the 6-foot-5-inch guard from Melbourne, Australia, led the way for the Pioneers, who had six players in total score in double figures. In just under 21 minutes of play, Kuany scored 24 points on an ultra-efficient 10-15 shooting from the field while also grabbing 11 rebounds for the double-double.

Fellow sophomore guard Jayvon Lewis (Las Vegas) also came off the bench and gave the Pioneers double digit scoring, putting in 12 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds in 23 minutes of play.

As for the starting lineup, sophomore guard Akeemis Williams (Las Vegas) scored 24 points on a hot shooting 8-9 from the field and 6-7 from three-point range.

Freshman guard Favour Chukwukelu (Las Vegas) scored 17 points for head coach Chase Tait’s team, shooting 6-12 from the field and 2-3 from the three-point line. The 6-foot-2-inch guard played a team-high 33 minutes in the win.

In just 20 minutes of play against United Tribes, teamleading scorer Deondre Northey (Las Vegas) scored 17 points. The 6-foot-1-inch sophomore guard was 4-8 from the field and 8-10 from the free throw line while also grabbing 5 rebounds for the Pioneers.

The last Pioneer in double figures was sophomore forward Isaac Abergut (Melbourne, Australia), who scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the team.

Sophomore forward Gedeon Buzangu (Kinshasa, Congo) only played 12 minutes in the win, scoring 8 points and grabbing 6 rebounds as well as blocking a shot.

The win brought the Pioneers to 18-11 on the season and 10-4 in MonDak conference play. Their 10-4 conference record was enough for the Pioneers to hold the No. 3 seed in the conference, trailing Dawson Community College (14-0) and North Dakota State College of Science (11-3).

The Pioneers will start the Region XIII playoffs on Thursday, where they will face off against No. 7 seeded Lake Region State College in Glendive.