COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – A 43-41 halftime lead would be erased by 11 second-half turnovers as the Cloud County Community College men's basketball team would fall by a final score of 87-81 to Barton Community College inside of Kanseville Arena on the campus of Iowa Western Community College on Friday, November 22nd.
The loss drops Cloud County to 4-2 overall with one more non-conference game before the start of Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference action while the Cougars improved to 7-1 overall.
Missing four of their first five shots of the game, Cloud County would see the Cougars jump out to a 9-2 lead before a Jay Lewis triple would pull the T-Birds back within four at 9-5 with 15:38 left in the first half. Barton would maintain their lead throughout the opening 10 minutes of the game as CCCC would be unable to close the gap while trailing by as many as seven. With the score sitting at 17-11 in favor of the Cougars, Cloud County would go on a 6-0 run thanks in part to Lewis to tie the game at 17-17 before managing to tie things up at 21-21 on a Chad Vincent-Simon layup with 6:17 left in the first half.
Vincent-Simon would give the T-Birds their first lead of the game at 26-24 a few possessions later as Cloud County would grab a 30-26 lead with just 3:43 remaining thanks in part to a Dyelan Reed triple. The final minutes of the first half would see the both Cloud County and Barton trade buckets as the T-Birds would manage to snag a 43-41 lead at halftime thanks in part to 11 points from Lewis and nine from Vincent-Simon.
Barton would open up the second half with a triple to reclaim the lead as CCCC would see the Cougars score seven points in the opening three minutes before finally getting on the board in the second half on a Vincent-Simon layup to cut the lead to 48-45 in favor of BCC. The Barton lead would continue to grow, climbing to eight as Cloud County would have to try and find a response for an upstart Cougar offense that would come out of halftime by pushing the tempo and transition.
Sami Sanad would pull the T-Birds within one at 61-60 on a made three with 11:17 remaining, but the Cougars would answer with a three of their own to push the lead back out to four as Cloud County would be unable to secure the lead. Barton's lead would once more threaten to be pushed to double-digits as the Cougars would score nine straight to go up 69-60 as the nine-point lead would be maintained for the next five minutes of action. CCCC would manage to back within five heading into the final stretch, and close to within four with 19 seconds remaining but it would ultimately be the Cougars who would prevail with a 46-point second half outing.
Bench points would play a pivotal factor in the game as Barton would outscore the T-Birds 38-27 in bench points while also outscoring CCCC 48-36 in points in the paint. Cloud County would get 17 second chance points, but be burned by 16 turnovers that would result in 18 points off turnovers for the Cougars.
Lewis would lead Cloud County with 20 total points to go along with four assists while Vincent-Simon scored 11 points despite being limited to just 11 minutes of playing time. Iyen Enaruna would score 10 points and add four rebounds while Dyelan Reed would add 11 points off the bench.
Cloud County will close out the Iowa Western Hampton & Holiday Inn Reiver Classic on Saturday, November 23rd with a 3 p.m. contest against Des Moines Area Community College. The Bears will play host Iowa Western on Friday night and are off to a 6-1 start which includes a six-game winning streak after dropping their season opener.