Trojan Basketball Splits with Panthers; Women Win Big, Men Suffer First Home Loss of the Year

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 21, 2020

COLBY, Kan. — Monday night, the Colby Community College Trojans hosted their fourth consecutive league double-header inside the Community Building, in what was a mixed bag of results.

In the first game of the night, the Lady Trojans took down Neosho with a knockout punch in the opening period. Leading 28-9 after the first quarter, Head Coach Antwain Scales and the Trojans would only increase the lead from there.

Leading for the game’s entirety and scoring nearly at will allowed Colby the opportunity to focus heavily on the defensive side of the ball.

According to Coach Scales, Neosho came into Monday night’s contest averaging more than 80 points per game. The Trojans’ stellar defensive effort held the Panthers to just 55 points and just 23.2 percent shooting from the field.

The rest of CCC’s game built from there. Colby had five double-digit scorers, lead by a game-high 18 from Nyrobi Pillers. Others getting into the mix include; 16 from Aerihna Afoa, 15 from Kiara Knight, 13 from Star Avalos, and 12 from Alize Ruiz.

The win for Colby marks their second-consecutive victory, and third win in their last four contests. All four contests came within the friendly confines of the Colby Community Building. Colby will take their now 14-5 record overall, and 5-5 mark in the KJCCC on the road to Liberal to take on the Seward County Saints on Wednesday night.

Seward will provide one of Colby’s toughest tasks of the season to date, bringing their 15-3 record overall, 10-0 mark in the KJCCC, as well as a #12 national ranking into the contest, but Colby’s recent performances are reason to believe they won’t go down easily.


Head Coach Antwain Scales

On the men’s side, it was an atypical evening for Head Coach Rusty Elmore and the Trojans.

A slow offensive start allowed Neosho County to jump out to a lead as large as 14 points in the first half, but Colby slowly, but surely chipped away at the deficit, and eventually would trail by just six points at the half.

The big story, however, would be the points left off the board, not only in the first half, but throughout the entire game.

In the game’s entirety, there were 50 total fouls whistled (27 on Neosho, 23 on Colby). Each team would shoot a high amount of free throws, but only one of them would take advantage of the opportunities.

The Panthers would make an outstanding 26 of 29 for 89.7 percent at the free throw line. The Colby Trojans, however, would have a much more frustrating day at the line.

Six different Trojan players would reach double-figures in scoring, lead by 12 each from Jacion May, Alex Fanchini, and Matt McFarlane, as well as 11 from Demarcus Sharp and Eddie Davis, and an even 10 points from Domonic Harvey.

From the field, Colby shot 24 of 74 for 32.4 percent, a respectable, but unpleasant number. The shooting woes worsened from deep, as Colby was just 7 of 28.

Adversely, Neosho knocked down 11 of 20 threes, and shot 46.9 percent from the field overall, placing even more pressure on the Trojans to take advantage of their freebies.

Unfortunately, Colby had their worst night of the year at the line, by a wide margin. Shooting an ice cold 20 of 36 at the line, leaving 16 free points off the scoreboard, the Trojans would fall for the first time at home this season, by just eight points.

Neosho’s 83-75 win improved the Panthers’ record to 8-11 overall and 4-6 in the KJCCC.

Colby’s loss dropped them to 15-4 overall and 7-3 in league play. Despite the loss, the Trojans remain tied with Barton at first place in the KJCCC West division, but the loss certainly leaves a sour taste in the mouth of Trojans fans after what was previously a very impressive four-game win streak.

The Trojans will look to rebound Wednesday night on the road at Seward County.


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