COFFEYVILLE, Kan. – Recent struggles with ball handling and scoring points would continue to be an issue for the Cloud County Community College men's basketball team as the T-Birds would drop an 87-63 road game at Coffeyville Community College in Nellis Hall in Coffeyville, Kansas on Wednesday, January 15th.
Following the loss, Cloud County is 8-11 overall and 2-8 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference while the Red Ravens get back into the win column to move to 14-6 overall and 6-4 in the KJCCC.
23 turnovers by Cloud County led to a 29-12 advantage in points off turnovers by the Red Ravens as Cloud County would record 16 fewer shot attempts than Coffeyville. The Red Ravens would manage to connect on 50 percent (34-of-68) of their shots compared to just 40.4 percent (21-for-52) for Cloud County while also holding a 12-4 advantage in second-chance points. One of the few bright spots for the T-Birds on the night would be a 39-34 advantage in rebounds while also shooting 70 percent or better from the charity stripe for the seventh time this season.
Scoring a career-high for the T-Birds would be freshman Michael Ozomah as the Houston, Texas native scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed four rebounds in 21 minutes of action. No other Cloud County player would manage to reach double-figures, with Iyen Enaruna and Jay Lewis each scoring nine. Coffeyville would get most of their production from their starting five, with three starters scoring at least 12 points and led by a game-high 25 points from Manny Crump.
Points will be needed by the T-Birds the next time out as Cloud County will travel to Arkansas City, Kansas to take on number 13 nationally ranked Cowley Community College at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 18th. The Tigers are averaging nearly 109 points per game and have eclipsed 120 points seven times this season en route to a 17-3 overall record and 9-1 mark in the KJCCC.