COLBY, Kan. — After an extended stretch of road games, the Colby Community College basketball teams returned home Wednesday night, hosting KJCCC West Division Rival Seward County.
On the women’s side, revenge was on the minds of Head Coach Antwain Scales and the Lady Trojans. The first time they took on the nationally-ranked Saints, it wasn’t Colby’s best showing.
This time, he would go on to say, “they would demand their respect.”
That’s exactly what they did. Colby held #19 Seward to just 27.6 percent from the field in the game, as well as just 1/9 from three-point range, and forced 20 turnovers.
The game was tight the entire way, with 17 ties, 18 lead changes, and neither team leading by more than five points.
Colby trailed by two with just 30 seconds remaining, but a brilliantly designed play freed up Nyrobi Pillers at the basket to tie the game at 50 with 24 seconds to go.
From there, Seward would lean only on their leading scorer Tianna Johnson. Never looking to anyone else, she took the ball to the hoop, missed her first look, but got her own rebound and put it in as time expired, giving Seward a two-point victory over Colby.
The final play was a good metaphor for the entire game, as Colby played great defense, forced tough shots, but got out-worked on the glass. Seward out rebounded the Trojans 42-31, and 18-9 on the offensive side. It was the final rebound that sealed Colby’s fate, dropping them to 17-10 overall and 8-10 in KJCCC play.
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Head Coach Antwain Scales
On the men’s side, the Colby Trojans came into the night winners of their last seven games, and 11 of their last 12.
Following Monday night’s 20-point road win over nationall receiving votes Barton County, the Trojans needed to back that win up with a solid home win to create some space between themselves and the rest of the Jayhawk Conference West Division.
In a well-rounded team effort, that’s exactly what Colby did. Colby lead the entire way and six different players reached double-figures in scoring, lead by a game-high 19 from Alex Fanchini, who knocked down four threes in the effort.
Demarcus Sharp and Eddie Davis both tallied 15 points on the night, adding even more impressive numbers to their resumes that continue to garner attention from Division I schools.
Javion May, Matt McFarlane, and Domonic Harvey all scored 11 points on the night, helping Colby to an 85-68 win over Seward county, completing the season sweep of the Saints.
Colby now needs just one win in their next three games to clinch a first place finish in the KJCCC West division, however the schedulers did them no favors, now heading on the road to Hutchinson Community College.
Colby defeated the Blue Dragons for just the fifth time in school history on January 26th, and will look for a sixth on the road Saturday night,
Head Coach Rusty Elmore has Colby clicking on all cylinders, and the Trojans currently sit at #16 in the latest NJCAA poll, vying for a spot in the national tournament, but there is still work to be done.
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Head Coach Rusty Elmore
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