Pioneers post double-overtime win over Northwest

By Abe Winter Star Staff Writer

It seemed like a game that would never end.

“I’m tired,” said Miles Community College guard Erie Olonade moments after scoring 37 points in leading the Pioneers to a wild 111-102 victory over Northwest College of Powell, Wyoming, in Region IX men’s basketball action at the Centra on Wednesday.

Olonade was 11-for-21, including 5-for-11 on 3-pointers, and made 10 of his 12 free throws while playing all but 2:22 of the 50-minute game that required two extra 5-minute periods determine to a winner .

“The team played good,” Olonade said. “We competed. Everybody competed and that’s what we needed.”

The Pioneers were on fire in the first half, building a 20-point lead with a 17-0 run that included nine points by Olonade.

The lead crested at 42-20 in the first half, which ended 52-34.

A 12-3 run by Northwest to start the second half made things interesting, but the Trappers didn’t catch up until 6:22 remained. Their first lead was 74-72, but they couldn’t add to it in regulation. The score was stuck at 84-82 for almost two minutes before Lo Biondo tied it with 40 seconds left.

It went into overtime when Olonade couldn’t finish it off with a drive down the lane.

The Pioneers scored the first two baskets of the first OT, but trailed three times by a single point before Lo Biondo tied it with a free throw after he hit the floor on a flagrant foul.

But it wasn’t settled until the second OT when the Pioneers opened with seven straight points. It became an 11-2 run and a decisive 106-97 lead with 1:14 left. Northwest got within five before four straight free throws by Wyche sealed it.

Wyche and Lo Biondo each scored 18 points, Perion Little had 16, Jonathan Tchuisse 10, Gavin Gundlach seven and Jaxon Hinch five. Lagio Grantsaan led four Trappers in double figures with 27 points.

Each team hit 12 field goals from distance, with Northwest attempting 37 and MCC 43..

Wyche called it a “good team win.”

“After them beating Gillette, this is a big accomplishment,” he said.

MCC improved to 3-8 in Region IX and 9-18 overall. Northwest slipped to 4-7 and 13-14.

The Pioneers play Saturday at Western Wyoming (Rock Springs) and Monday at Central Wyoming (Riverton).

(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)

“The team played good. We competed. Everybody competed and that’s what we needed.”
— Erie Olonade MCC Guard