T-Birds struggle from the field in 93-73 road loss to Pratt

Cloud County freshman Iyen Enaruna scored 11 points in Saturday's road loss to Pratt
Cloud County freshman Iyen Enaruna scored 11 points in Saturday's road loss to Pratt

PRATT, Kansas — The shooting woes that have plagued the Cloud County men's basketball team in the past return Saturday in a 93-73 road loss to Pratt Community College.

Cloud County (10-7 overall, 4-4 KJCCC) was limited to 36 percent shooting from the floor (22-of-61) and were just 2-of-19 (11 percent) from 3-point range.

"We're not going to win basketball games until we start hitting shots. That's two games in a row where we just couldn't hit shots," said Cloud County head coach, Jordan Altman. "Teams are packing it in and there's no real reason to guard us from the 3-point line right now. Until we give someone a reason to guard us on the perimeter, teams are going to continue to pack the paint against us."

Pratt (8-8 overall, 1-6 KJCCC) shot 51 percent from the floor Saturday, going 29-of-57 and 11-of-24 (46 percent) from 3-point range.

The Beavers owned a 42-28 lead at the half and had the lead up to 20 on a handful of occasions before the T-Birds made their run back.

Cloud County worked the deficit down to 51-45 with 13:40 remaining, but were unable to consistently string together stops or create enough offense to get over the hump.

"We went on a big run there to begin the second half to get back in the game and kind of let off the gas again," Altman said. "We had a good run there, went to the bench, and let it slip."

Redshirt sophomore Alvin Thompson again paced the Cloud County offense, finishing with a team-high 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

Freshman forwards Edoardo Del Cadia and Iyen Enaruna joined him in double-figures with 14 points and 11 points, respectively.

Del Cadia also added a team-high eight rebounds in his 26 minutes.

Redshirt freshman Nysir Scott followed with seven rebounds to go with eight points and a pair of steals.

The T-Birds will look to bounce back when they wrap up their current two-game road trip with a showdown against Butler Community College at 1 p.m. on Monday.