COLBY, Kan. — The Colby Community College Men’s Basketball team moved to 7-1 on the season last night, with a 63-58 win over Northeastern Junior College.
Both offenses struggled early, but it was the Trojans who would slowly push out to a lead over the Plainsmen in the first four minutes of the contest and finally, with a pair of free throws, Northeastern would get on the board trailing 9-2. Colby would stretch their lead to 13-2 before a Northeastern timeout would shift the momentum.
On a dime, the Plainsmen surged on a 7-0 run, closing the gap to four, but Colby would respond again, pushing themselves out to another double-digit lead.
The game of runs continued though, as Northeastern closed the gap to just three, thanks to a bucket at the buzzer.
The second half was more of the same. Colby extending their lead, Northeastern cutting into the deficit, rinse, wash, repeat. However, the Trojans never surrendered the lead.
With foul trouble, Colby’s Javion May (SO, G, Chicago, IL) saw limited action in the game. In his place, Alex Fanchini (SO, G, Forcalqueiret, France) stepped up, giving the Trojans a huge lift late, hitting a contested three and two big free throws. Fanchini finished the game with 10 points.
Thankfully, for Head Coach Rusty Elmore, Eddie Davis (SO, G, Port St. Luciee, FL) and Demarcus Sharp (SO, G, Charleston, MO) were nails down the stretch as well. Each finishing with 13 points to lead the team in scoring together.
Another key contributor for the Trojans was Josh Edwards (SO, G, London, England) who tallied seven points, six rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes off the bench.
A classic team win, on all accounts. Contributions from all over the floor, and an ugly win, but a win nonetheless for the Trojans. The victory repays a 79-70 loss to the same Northeastern Plainsmen from just two weeks prior in Sterling, Colorado, Colby’s lone loss on the season thus far.
This time, it would be the Plainsmen that suffered their first loss of the season, while Colby’s fourth consecutive win catapults them into their KJCCC opener with Neosho County Community College on Wednesday night.
The quick turnaround can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective, but Head Coach Rusty Elmore said post game that Mother Nature may give them a little extra time to prepare.
With snow in the forecast, it’s a definite possibility, but the Trojans will continue preparing just the same.
Tip-off is currently set for 7:30 p.m. at the Colby Community Building. For updates, monitor @TrojanAthletic on Twitter.
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