CONCORDIA, Kansas — A great defensive effort by the Cloud County Community College men's basketball team was overshadowed by a tough night offensively for the T-Birds in their 76-50 home loss to Coffeyville on Wednesday.
Cloud County (6-15 overall, 4-14 KJCCC) limited the visiting Red Ravens (18-4 overall, 14-4 KJCCC) to 22 percent shooting from behind the 3-point arc and defended the rim well in spurts — Cloud had eight blocked shots as a team — to stay within shouting distance of Coffeyville until desperation time set in.
"I do think we did some great things, defensively," said Cloud County head coach, Jordan Altman. "We played the game plan we wanted to, but we just did so poorly on the offensive end that the score doesn't reflect the effort (the players) put forth."
Wednesday's woes on offense were made more frustrating by the fact the T-Birds got off to an excellent start during first four minutes of the first half.
Cloud County made four of its first five shots to grab a 10-0 lead by the 16:07 mark before a lid was seemingly placed on the basket.
The Red Ravens countered with a 17-6 run of their own over the next six minutes to take their first lead at 17-16 with 10:40 remaining in the half to stifle Cloud County's early momentum.
"We started off the first 3-4 minutes extremely well, then the next 4-5 minutes (Coffeyville) went on a big run," Altman said. "It really hindered us."
Coffeyville built its advantage up to 39-27 at the half and was able to maintain its double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
The T-Birds will look to bounce back at 4 p.m. Saturday when they travel to take on Neosho County.