The Casper College men's basketball team won't repeat as Region IX champions. Western Nebraska Community College made sure of that with a 112-108 overtime victory in the Region IX Tournament quarterfinals Thursday in Sterling, Colorado.
The 24th-ranked Thunderbirds (25-6) got a career-high 47 points from David Walker and led by 11 points in the second half, but couldn't come up with enough stops against the Cougars (19-11).
The T-Birds led 97-92 late in regulation, but Western Nebraska got free for a layup and Kalen Williams hit a 3-pointer with 12.7 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Walker gave the T-Birds a 101-100 lead in the extra session, but the Cougars went on a 6-0 run to force Casper to play catch-up.
Jalen Harris added 23 points for the T-Birds while Philip Pepple Jr. added 16 and Traizon Byrd 11.
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