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Nyok's Double-Double Pushes Centurions Past Storm 105-95

By Scott Lemon, Yellowstone Christian SID

BILLINGS, Mont. — In a game that featured 63 total fouls and 83 combined free-throw attempts, freshman Abraham Nyok had himself a day on Saturday, scoring 16 points and pulling down 15 boards to help lift the Yellowstone Christian College Centurions over the Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College Storm 105-95.

From the opening tip, it was apparent that the game would be high scoring. Aaron Munday-Rashid kicked off the scoring with a bucket less than ten seconds into the ballgame. The teams traded blows throughout the first half. The largest lead the Centurions held was eight, and that was heading into the locker room at halftime. Nyok made his presence known early, pulling down 12 rebounds in the first 20 minutes, splitting the boards between the offensive and defensive ends.

The Centurions started to walk away with the game about halfway through the second stanza, opening up a 32-point lead at one point. However, NHSC’s Jake Knife had other ideas. Knife and his teammates stormed back into the ballgame, cutting the lead to seven with just under three minutes to play. However, clutch free throws and sound defensive play allowed the Centurions to stave off a relentless Storm squad.

The difference in the game was free throws and bench scoring. The Centurions went to the line 50 times on Saturday, connecting on 32 of the attempts. Conversely, the Storm went to the line 33 times, making 21 of their attempts. The Centurions’ bench outscored the Storm reserves 50-25.

Taylan Barrett was the high-man for the Centurions, coming off the bench for 18 points. Stefan Tellis matched Nyok’s performance with 16 points of his own. Munday-Rashid chalked up 15 points, and Aleksandar Brankovic and Mechiah Zilkoski each scored 12 points apiece. Igor Torres recorded a game-high five steals in a sound defensive effort.

Knife led all scorers with 32 points, connecting on 11-of-22 attempts, including four baskets from three-point-land. Doriah Red Fish poured in 20 points of his own, despite playing most of the game in foul trouble. Bryant Smith scored 13 points and Jordan Manning pulled down a team-best 11 boards in the losing effort. Six Storm players fouled out on Saturday, including Red Fish, Smith, and Manning.

The Centurions will hit the road on Friday, visiting Oglala Lakota College on Friday and Saturday. Opening tip on Friday in South Dakota is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. For more information on the season and for full game recaps, visit

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