CHADRON – It’s crunch time for the Chadron State College basketball teams, and everyone seems to be enjoying it.
Both Eagle squads will host their final three regular season games at home as they make their push for postseason play.
The action begins this weekend, when the Eagles host Colorado-Colorado Springs on Friday and Colorado State-Pueblo on Saturday in RMAC double-headers. The double-headers will start at 6 o’clock both nights.
The CSC men enter the weekend at 10-13 overall and 10-9 in the RMAC, putting them in a three-way tie for sixth place in the standings. The women are 8-15 overall and 8-11 in the conference, putting them in a two-way deadlock for ninth.
The top eight teams at the end of the season qualify for the conference playoffs.
The Colorado Springs women are 13-11 overall and 8-10 in the RMAC. The Lady Eagles beat them 69-57 in Colorado Springs on Jan. 21, but the Mountain Lions are fresh from sweeping Adams State (67-36) and Fort Lewis (84-78) at home last weekend.
The latter was a huge upset because Fort Lewis entered the game at 19-2 and was ranked sixth in NCAA Division II.
Freshman Abby Kirchoff scored 52 points in the two games to win the RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honor. She is averaging 12.5 points for the season.
The Lions’ men are young and are 7-17 for the season after losing eight in a row. However, four of the recent setbacks have been by six or fewer points, including a 78-73 decision to Chadron State in January.
The Pueblo women have clinched a playoff berth. They are 18-4 for the season and 15-3 in the conference, losing only to Fort Lewis (19-3) twice and Metro State (21-2) once. Three ThunderWolves are averaging in double figures, led by Kendall Babler at 13 and Jennelle Branting at 12.
Pueblo clipped the Eagles 61-49 at home on Jan. 20.
Like CSC, the Pueblo men are fighting to make the playoffs. They are 12-10 overall and 9-9 in the RMAC. They edged Fort Lewis 77-73 and Adams State 99-98 in double overtime last weekend.
The ThunderWolves won 82-57 when CSC visited Pueblo in January.
Pueblo features a balanced attack. Andre Martin at 14.2, Ty Trahern at 13.2 and Bryse Velesquez at 11.2 are all averaging double figures. Each is listed as a guard with Martin the tallest at 6-4. Another guard, 6-2, Ryan Arel, led his team with 20 points against the Eagles.
Trahern hit what was described as “a 3-point hook shot” that gave Pueblo its 99-98 win over Adams State. He scored 34 points in the game and tallied 20 against Fort Lewis the previous night. His feats beat out CSC’s Chris Curtis, who scored 47 points in the two games last weekend, as the RMAC Offensive Player of the Week.
Although Curtis, a senior guard from Tustin, Calif., was named the Nebraska Division II Men’s Player of the Week following his stellar performances on the road last weekend.
After this weekend, the Eagles will wrap up their regular schedule by hosting Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday, Feb. 25.
—CSC Sports Information
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