Cold shooting plagues Cloud County in road loss to Cowley

Cold shooting plagues Cloud County in road loss to Cowley

ARKANSAS CITY, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College men's basketball team lost back-to-back games for the first time this season on Saturday, falling 79-60 on the road to Cowley County Community College.

On Wednesday, in a 93-79 defeat to Barton Community College, spotty defense was the culprit for the T-Birds (11-4 overall, 7-4 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference). Scoring was the issue Saturday as Cloud County, which entered the game averaging over 81 points per contest, was limited to 25 points in the first half and 35.6 percent shooting on the night.

"We didn't make any shots. At the end of the day, especially to win games on the road, you have to make some shots," said Cloud County head coach, Chad Eshbaugh. "We need to make plays offensively when we have the opportunities to do so."

Despite the shooting woes, Cloud County was within striking distance at the end of the first half, down just 35-25. But the Tigers (8-7 overall, 5-6 KJCCC) quickly seized control again to begin the second half.

"We talked at half about how important the first 3 possessions of the second half were going to be," Eshbaugh said. "(Cowley) came out, hit a couple of threes, and we were fighting uphill the rest of the way."

Cowley shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half with a balanced attack that saw five different players finish in double-figures. The Tigers also owned a 44-17 advantage in bench points Saturday.

Sophomore point guard Aamahne Santos led all Cloud County players with 17 points, while his backcourt mate, sophomore guard Deon Lyle, added 12 points.

The T-Birds, currently tied for fourth in the KJCCC standings, will be back in action at 8 p.m. on Wednesday when they host Allen County Community College (7-8 overall, 4-7 KJCCC).