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Carroll College's Alejandro Santos Piqueras plays with more flair than his teammates from his sports upbringing of European basketball.

No. 10 Montana Western at No. 6 Carroll College

When: 7:30 p.m.Saturday

Where: PE Center

Records: Montana Western (23-5, 13-4 Frontier); Carroll (24-5, 12-5)

On the air: Radio — 94.9 ESPN Radio

Projected Western starters: G Dom Robinson (5-9, Sr.) 18.1 ppg; F Brandon Jones (6-5, Jr.) 15.8 ppg; F Zaccheus Darko-Kelly (6-6, So.) 15.5 ppg; G Kooper Kidgell (6-3, Jr.) 12.8; C Marcus Payne (6-7, Sr.) 8.9 ppg.

Projected Carroll starters: F Ryan Imhoff (6-6, Sr.) 20 ppg; F Match Burnham (6-8, Jr.) 13.6 ppg; F Matt Wyman (6-7, Jr.) 12.5 ppg; G Lorel Johnson (6-1, Sr.) 6.2 ppg; G Ife Kalejaiye (6-2, Jr.) 8 ppg.

Noteworthy: Saturday’s winner earns the No. 1 seed in the Frontier Conference postseason. Western already earned a share of the Frontier title. The Saints need a victory against Western to share the conference title. … Carroll and Western have each won a game against each other this season… The Saints claimed a 77-63 win in Helena, while Western won 88-77 in Dillon. … Saints senior F Ryan Imhoff leads the conference in points (20) and steals per game (2.6). ... Western G Dom Robinson leads the conference in assists per game (5.4). ... Carroll is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in defensive rebounding (29.4) 3-point percentage (43), field goal percentage (54) and free-throw percentage (83). ... Western is the No. 3 team in the NAIA in field-goal percentage (51). ... Carson Cunningham and Steve Keller are probable candidates for coach of the year in the Frontier. … Robinson and Imhoff are likely vying for the MVP award. … Western transfer F Brandon Jones could be in the conversation for the newcomer of the year award. … Carroll G Ife Kalejaiye is a strong candidate for the defensive player of the year award. … Saturday night in the PE Center will be Senior Night and Carroll will honor Pat Colberg, Imhoff, Lorel Johnson, Oliver Carr and Kyle Nickol.


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