PRATT, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College men's basketball team has feasted on the road thus far this season, earning their fourth road win in as many tries — three inside the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference — with an 88-69 victory over Pratt Community College on Tuesday.
Cloud County improved to 7-1 overall on the season and to 3-1 in KJCCC play. But it had to overcome a lackluster first half in order to do it.
"I thought we started the game with really poor energy, so we battled in the first half to keep Pratt's lead at a manageable distance (39-37)," said Cloud County head coach, Chad Eshbaugh. "Then in the second half, I thought we came out with a lot more purpose."
Leading the way for the T-Birds was sophomore point guard Aamahne Santos and redshirt freshman Jordan McNelly as each poured in 16 points. The 16 points were a career-high for McNelly, who has started to come on in recent days after posting 11 points in last Saturday's win against Seward County.
Cloud County also received key contributions from sophomores Lavar Harewood and Alex Martin, who snapped out of a mini slump with 13 points. Martin had scored a combined 13 points during the T-Birds' previous four games.
"Lavar hit some big shots, Alex Martin got some things in the paint for us, and we guarded well in the second half," Eshbaugh said. "We were able to create turnovers, get some stops, and let our defense create some offense for us."
Cloud County will now turn its attention toward trying to notch its first KJCCC home win when the T-Birds play host to Coffeyville Community College at 8 p.m. on Saturday.