T-Birds set school record for field goal percentage in 125-68 rout of Dakota College at Bottineau

Cloud County sophomore Brayden Day had nine points and six rebounds in Friday's 125-68 win.
Cloud County sophomore Brayden Day had nine points and six rebounds in Friday's 125-68 win.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The Cloud County Community College men's basketball team continued its rampage through the non-conference portion of its schedule on Friday as the T-Birds tipped off the Hampton Inn Reiver Classic with a 125-68 rout of Dakota College at Bottineau.

The 125 points for Cloud County (4-0 overall) are the most, according to available KJCCC records, for any T-Birds team since at least 2001. Cloud County scored 124 in a 124-70 win over McPherson College JV on Nov. 13, 2014 and the school record for points in a single game is 157 set against Miltonvale Wesleyan College in 1971-72.

Despite falling a tad shy of the single-game points record, the T-Birds did capture the school record for single-game field goal percentage as they shot 51-of-71 (71.8 percent), topping the previous mark of 70.5 percent (55-of-78) set in 1994-95 against Northwest Missouri Community College.

"Right now our scoring has to do with everyone buying in to the speed and pace we want to play with," said Cloud County head coach, Jordan Altman. "For the last 2-3 games now, the speed and pace we've played with has allowed us extra possessions and extra shots. And tonight everything, including our 3-pointers (6-of-14), were falling."

Cloud County put the game away early as it jumped out to a commanding 67-29 lead at the half. The T-Birds demolished the Jacks inside, finishing with a 78-22 advantage in points in the paint, and had eight players reach double-figures, led by redshirt sophomore guard Alvin Thompson with 20 points and four rebounds.

Freshman guard Gabe Pieschl followed with a career-high 17 points, while forwards Sidy Sissoko and Iyen Enaruna each scored 13 points, guards Ty Duin and Jerome Kidd Jr. added 12 points apiece, and forwards Edoardo Del Cadia and Adetomi Ayilara both went for 10 points.

Enaruna collected his first career double-double in the win as he added a team-high 12 rebounds.

Sissoko followed close behind with eight rebounds to go with his season-high 13 points on perfect 6-for-6 shooting.

"Sidy benefits from that guard penetration and was the recipient of a lot of great entry passes. Then he did a great job of finishing," Altman said. "He does such a great job for us defensively that it was great to see him get some points because a lot of the things he does for us don't show up in the stat sheets."

Friday also saw the return of sophomore guard Brayden Day after he was forced to miss the first three games of the season with a sprained knee. He and redshirt freshman Nysir Scott each finished with nine points and six rebounds.

"Brayden is a big part of this team. He's the glue and the workhorse," Altman said. "I was really happy to see him go out, get his legs back under him and get his confidence back."

In addition to their gawdy offensive numbers, Cloud County was equally as impressive on the defensive end of the floor on Friday as it limited the Jacks to 35 percent shooting (25-of-72) and out-rebounded them, 49-23.

"Prior to (Friday), we've actually talked as a team about some of the other scores we've seen around the country and how we've seen teams score over 100, but allow more than 80 or 90 points in those wins," Altman said. "I told the guys 'I'd rather score 80 and hold someone to 50 than us score 120 and let someone score 90 on us.' So the guys have really accepted that. I think they were mad at themselves that we allowed 60 tonight."

Cloud County will look to build off Friday's blowout when it takes on Des Moines Area Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday to conclude the Hampton Inn Reiver Classic.