The Casper College men’s basketball team moved up one spot in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division I poll to No. 11 on Tuesday. The Thunderbirds (15-1) swept their two games last weekend, beating Rexburg United twice to extend their current winning streak to 12 games.

The T-Birds’ No. 4 offense, which is averaging 106.0 points per game, continues to be paced by Isaac Bonton (19.8 points) while they await the full diagnosis on sophomore Wilfried Likayi’s foot injury. Likayi was averaging 17.3 ppg through nine games before the injury.

Casper College also is getting double-digit points from Amin Adamu (13.8), Braxton Bertolette (13.7), Broc Finstuen (10.9) and Philip Pepple Jr. (10.5).

Sheridan College also moved up one spot in the standings to No. 21. The T-Birds play at Sheridan College on Jan. 16 and the two teams close the regular season on Feb. 23 when the T-Birds host the Generals.

The T-Birds’ only other games against teams currently in the Top 25 were a 108-101 victory over No. 7 Salt Lake Community College on Nov. 9 and a 105-103 loss to College of Southern Idaho on Nov. 10.

Casper College returns to the court on Jan. 5 when it hosts the Wyoming All-Stars at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym. After that the T-Birds open Region IX play against Central Wyoming College at home on Jan. 9.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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