COLBY, Kan. — The Colby Community College basketball teams were back in action on Wednesday night, hosting conference rival Garden City Community College.
In the first game of the double-header, the Trojan women started off quite sluggish, trailing by 11 points after the first period, and then falling behind by as many as 17 early in the second quarter.
Over the final seven minutes of the first half, Colby would find their spark, outscoring GCCC by 10 in the period, and getting within just one point at the half.
In the second half, the Trojans would take control. A 19-8 advantage in the third quarter would give Colby the breathing room they would need to capture a 71-64 victory.
Three Trojans tallied double figure scoring, lead by 19 from Afiya Vincent who also added 15 rebounds for a double-double. Alize Ruiz also registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, while Nyrobi Pillers added 16 points, but fell just short of a double-double with nine rebounds.
The well-rounded effort helped Colby grab a much needed win, to keep hope alive for a home playoff game in round one. The win against Garden City keeps Colby in a three way tie for fourth place in the KJCCC West with Pratt and Dodge City, while also being just one game back of Barton.
Coincidentally, those three teams make up three of Colby’s next four games, however, all four of those games are road contests. The Trojans will have just two home games during the month of February, so the intensity will get amped up quite a bit over the final month of the regular season.
CCC will be back in action on Saturday at 2pm, when they head to Pratt to take on the Beavers. The Trojans will carry in a record of 15-7 overall, and 6-7 in the KJCCC.
On the men’s side, the Trojans also suffered from a bit of a sluggish start, trailing by as many as four in the early stages of the first half, but a late run in the half pushed Colby to a 41-32 advantage at the break.
In the second half, it was all Colby. CCC outscored Garden 60-44 in the second half en route to a 101-76 victory to improve the Trojans record to 18-4, and 10-3 in the KJCCC.
The victory marks Colby’s seventh win in eight games, as well as a very impressive 8-2 record in the month of January.
The win came on the shoulders of 27 points and 12 rebounds for Eddie Davis, as well as 21 points from Dominic Harvey, 19 for Demarcus Sharp, 15 for Damian Miller, and 10 from Alex Fanchini.
The victory keeps Colby in a first place tie in the west division with Barton County, who CCC will meet again on February 10. With the schedule for CCC’s men being the same as the women, it certainly does them no favors, being so road heavy over the final eight games, but it would appear the Trojans are up to the task.
This season being Head Coach Rusty Elmore’s first in Colby has made the year quite a surprise, as one truly never knows what to expect from a first year head coach, but it looks like Coach Elmore is “the guy.”
Of course, having several talented sophomores to rely on is helpful, but with already several marquee wins under his belt, Coach Elmore has the Trojans moving in the right direction.
The crucial stretch ahead will go a long way in writing the rest of the story for CCC and Coach Elmore, but the Trojans certainly have every reason to feel confident in themselves and the direction in which they are headed.
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