The Western Oklahoma State College Pioneers basketball team was eliminated from the post-season on Friday.
Northern Oklahoma Tonkawa, the nation’s #25 ranked team rolled the Pioneers up 92-77 in the semi-finals on Friday. Imani Edwards #30 led Western scorers with 21 points. Tyren Harrison added 18 and Rasheed Wallace had 12. These three high-scorers for the Pioneers are sophomores and are out of eligibility.
The loss ends the season for the Pioneers. Western tallies a 19-12 record for the season. Four of the Pioneers, including three starters, will not return next season because of their sophomore status.
Sharp-shooting guard, Michael Tolbert #25, will return to lead the Pioneers on another successful, high scoring season in the Fall.
After falling behind to Luna in game one on Friday, 6-0 following a Luna grand slam in the bottom of the second inning, the Pioneers kept battling and ended up picking up the 10-7 win to kick off their week-long road trip to the far west.
Pioneers are hitting .367 and slugging it .611. Western has banged out 161 runs over their 17 games and banged out 25 long balls.
Bryan Hernandez, who hit a home run that put Western in front of Luna in the late innings on Friday, leads the team with a .468 average. Josh Anthony leads the Pioneers in slugging at .804 and RBI (23). Anthony is also leads the team in walks (11), doubles (5), home runs (5). Anthony is way out in front with 14 bases stolen. Josh leads in total bases (45) and extra base hits (10).
The Pioneers average nearly 10 runs per game and yield near 5.5 runs per game. Western has gotten itself in some trouble during a few games because of some control issues on the mound. The Pioneers have issued 68 walks in the 17 games so far this season.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076