T-Birds silence Storm early, roll to an 82-53 win in home opener

T-Birds silence Storm early, roll to an 82-53 win in home opener

CONCORDIA, Kansas — Playing inside Arley Bryant Gymnasium for the first time in 2016-17 on Thursday, the Cloud County Community College men's basketball team put together a sparkling first half against Southeast Community College en route to an 82-53 victory over the visiting Storm.

The T-Birds (2-0 overall) struggled during the first 10 minutes of Tuesday's 75-65 win against Brown Mackie College, allowing 25 points through the first 10 minutes. They were ready to go from the opening tip Thursday, though, as Cloud County allowed just five points through the first nine minutes of play and held the Storm (1-1 overall) to 17 percent shooting in the first half.

Southeast Community College entered Thursday coming off a blowout of Doane College JV where it scored 91 points.

Offensively, Cloud County was led by redshirt freshman Ramion Burt Jr. and sophomore Andrew Ballock early on as the guard-forward duo combined for 17 first-half points, including all 10 of Burt's points on the night. Burt Jr. added a team-high 10 rebounds to complete his double-double.

Ballack, who was more of a facilitator in Cloud County's win over Brown Mackie on Tuesday with a team-high seven assists, showed off the offensive game that made him Eudora High School's all-time leading scorer as he poured in a game-high 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He also tallied five rebounds, three assists and a game-high five steals.

Joining Burt Jr. and Ballock in double-figures was sophomore guard Deon Lyle, who did the bulk of his damage in the second half where he scored 12 of his 14 points.

A total of 13 different T-Birds scored during the evening.

Cloud County dominated the Storm on the glass, outrebounding Southeast Community College 44-27, including 13 offensive rebounds for the T-Birds leading to 19 second-chance points.

They'll look to build off the win when they continue their current three-game home stand at 7 p.m. Saturday against Kansas Wesleyan JV.