COLBY, Kan. — It was a mixed bag of results Wednesday night at the Colby Community Building, as the Trojan basketball teams split their double-header with the Northwest Kansas Technical College Mavericks.
First, the Lady Trojans were short-handed, without guard Aerihna Afoa who sprained her ankle in practice on Tuesday. Afoa lead the Trojans in scoring, with 21 points on Monday against Dodge City. Without her in the lineup, Head Coach Antwain Scales and company struggled offensively.
Without Afoa, CCC shot just 23.2 percent from the field, 21.4 percent from three-point range, and a puzzling 67 percent at the free throw line. In addition to their shooting woes, the Lady Trojans turned the ball over 25 times, allowing the Mavericks to score 24 points off of those turnovers.
An ice cold second quarter plagued the Trojans, where they could muster just seven points. The Mavericks took advantage of CCC’s struggles, and took a 12 point lead into the locker room.
From there, the Mavericks would continue to force the issue, stretching their lead to a game-high 16 just 3 minutes into the third quarter.
However, a late push by the Trojans would make things interesting. The combination of Brittanie Brickhouse (12 points), and Alize Ruiz (15 points, 15 rebounds) would bring Colby back within as few as eight points in the final period, but the deficit was just too much to overcome.
Northwest Tech would land the final blow in the closing minute, and defeat Colby 62-51. The loss drops CCC to 12-5 overall, and 3-5 in the KJCCC. Colby has now lost four of their last five games, and will host Barton at 3:00 PM Saturday afternoon.
On the men’s side, the Colby Trojans would also get off to a slow start, but would never trail by more than two points early. In the later stages of the first half, the Trojans would begin to flex their muscles on both sides of the floor.
At the half, the Colby defense had held Northwest Tech to just 25.9 percent from the field, and out-rebounded the Mavericks 30 to 17.
The true advantage for Colby came inside the paint, where CCC outscored NWTC by a dominant margin of 52-18.
The Trojan offense saw three men in double figures, lead by a career high 23 points from Domonic Harvey, who also added 12 rebounds in the effort. Demarcus Sharp would add 17 points, while Eddie Davis tallied 16 as well.
The interior advantage would prove to be just too much for the Mavericks to overcome in the end, as Colby outscored Northwest Tech 53-38 in the second half, and ended the game with a rebounding advantage of 56-37. The 90-59 victory improved CCC’s record to 14-3 overall, and 6-2 in theb KJCCC.
Coach Rusty Elmore stated after the game that every game is important, and sometimes it’s tough for the team to remain focused, but he was proud of their effort in the game.
Coach Elmore made a deal with his team that if they were able to win by 30 or more that they would get Thursday off from practice, and according to Coach, “a deal is a deal.”
Hopefully the day off will allow the Trojans to rest up and refocus for what is sure to be their biggest game of the season so far, when they play host to #17 Barton on Saturday at 5:00 PM inside the Colby Community Building. First place in the conference is on the line in the battle, and the game could go quite a long way in deciding the landscape of the league down the stretch.
Head Coach Rusty Elmore
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