Eagles Lose Regular Season Finale, Still In RMAC Tourney Hunt



By Con Marshall, Chadron Record

Benefitting from a 24 to 10 margin at the free throw line, the Colorado Christian Cougars defeated the Chadron State Eagles 76-67 in the final regular season game of the season for both teams Saturday night in Lakewood. 

Chadron State led 38-36 at halftime and scored the first five points of the second half, but Colorado Christian went ahead 47-45 five minutes later and led the rest of the way.

The difference was just 64-63 with 2:18 remaining after Eagles’ point guard Marcus Jefferson drove the lane for a layup, but the Cougars tallied 12 of the game’s final 16 points.

The good news is that the Eagles, who finish the season with a 5-7 record, may be among the eight teams advancing to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs that begin on Tuesday. The pairing are expected to be announced Sunday morning.

The Eagles outscored the Cougars from the field while sinking 22 of 56 field goal shots, including a season-high 13 three-pointers on 31 shots from behind the arc. Christian was 21 of 46 from the field and made 10 of 20 treys.  But the hosts were 24 of 28 from the free throw line and the Eagles 10 of 15.

Chadron State’s Teddy Parham was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points that included seven of 13 from long range.  Deundra Roberson hit three treys while tallying 15 points for CSC.

Four Cougars scored in double figures, led by DJ McDonald, a 5-11 guard, with 21 points. Ross Williams contributed 15 points, Andy Stafford 14 and Justin Ensesser 10. 

Chadron State’s first-year coach, Shane Paben, said his team made too many mental errors to win a close game on the road.                            

“Give them all the credit. They didn’t give up and have now won their last three games,” Paben said.

“We had a lot of opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of, and we want that to hurt. We need to feel the pain on this one, because we’re a better team than we show. You can’t make the mental errors like we did on the road.”

Chadron State               38             29           —67

Colorado Christian      36             40          —76

                Chadron State–Teddy Parham 28, Deundra Roberson 15, Marcus Jefferson 7, Bryant Jefferson 6, Psalm Maduakor 6, Brady Delimont 5. Totals: 22-56 (13-33) 10-16 67 points, 32 rebounds.

                Colorado Christian–DJ McDonald 21, Ross Williams 15, Andy Stafford 14, Justin Engesser 10, Aidan Cantwell 6, Christian St. Germain 3. Totals: 21-46 (10-20) 24-28 76 points, 31 rebounds.

                3-pointers: CSC–Parham 7, Roberson 3, Maduakor 2, Delimont 1. CCU–McDonald 3, Engesser 2, Ross 2, Cantwell 1, St. Germain 1, Stafford 1.