Jan 12, 2020 10:58 PM

Turnovers, points in paint get best of Cloud County men

Posted Jan 12, 2020 10:58 PM

CONCORDIA – 18 turnovers and a 36-18 deficit in points in the paint would lead to a 63-56 home defeat for the Cloud County men's basketball team to Pratt Community College in Arley Bryant Gymnasium in Concordia, Kansas on Saturday.

Falling below .500 overall, Cloud County is now 8-9 and 2-6 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference while the Beavers picked up their ninth win of the year to improve to 9-7 overall and 3-4 in the KJCCC.

Both teams looked to run and push the tempo in the opening 10 minutes of the game, but the pace would lead to a high-scoring affair as struggles shooting would lead to an 18-17 Pratt lead at the midway point of the first half. Things would be back and forth throughout the first half with 10 lead changes in the first 13 minutes of the opening period before the Beavers would appear to take control with an 11-0 run to go up 29-19. Defense would step up for the T-Birds down the stretch in the first half however as CCCC would get six straight points from Iyen Enaruna and score 12 of the final 14 points of the first half to trail by a single point at 31-30 going into halftime.

Pratt would come out and score the first five points of the second half, but redshirt freshman Ty Duin would have a response with an open three to get Cloud County back within three at 36-33. A 10-2 Beaver run would give the Beavers a double-digit lead at 46-35 as Cloud County would look all out of sorts until a Jay Lewis three would get CCCC back in the scoring column.

Another 5-0 spurt by PCC would give Pratt their largest lead of the game at 51-38 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game before seeing both offenses once again start to struggle from the field. The Pratt lead would remain in double-digits until the 6:32 mark as Michael Ozomah would get a rebound on the defensive end before hitting a shot on the ensuing offensive possession, but the Beavers would start to match CCCC in points on each possession. After getting the deficit down to seven at 55-48, Cloud County would see Pratt push their lead back to 11 with just under three minutes remaining as the T-Birds never would see their offense materialize to get an opportunity at mounting a comeback.

Cloud County would hit on 35.7 percent (10-for-28) of their shots in the first half, but struggle in the second half with an eight-of-26 (28.6 percent) mark in the second half to finish the game with a 32.1 percent (18-of-56) shooting percentage. The T-Birds would manage to hold a 19-11 advantage in points off turnovers, but scored just 15 bench points while seeing the Beavers get 32 points out of their bench and hold a 12-2 advantage in fast break points.

The leading scorer for CCCC would be Lewis with 13 points and four assists while Enaruna scored 10 points while being held to six rebounds due to foul trouble. Just three players off the bench would record points in the game, led by seven from Akene Agee thanks to a five-for-six mark at the free throw line.

What's next?

Things don't get any easier for the T-Birds as Cloud County will play host to Butler Community College on Monday at 8 p.m. The Grizzlies are 12-4 overall and 5-2 in the KJCCC after having their Saturday game at Garden City postponed due to weather and road conditions. Despite the 12-4 overall record, Butler is just 2-3 in true road games this season.

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Tiger wrestling picks up one win at Tracy Borah Duals
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FHSU's AJ Cooper. Photo by Western Colorado Athletics courtesy fhsuathletics.com

GUNNISON, Colo. - The Fort Hays State wrestling team finished 1-2 at Saturday's 30th annual Tracy Borah Duals, hosted by Western Colorado University.

The Tigers are now 2-2 in dual competition this season.

Fort Hays State opened the day with a high-scoring affair against 22nd-ranked Colorado Mesa, 30-22. Seven of the 10 bouts ended early with a pin, with two others ending as a major decision. The Tigers once again won five of the 10 bouts against No. 23 Western Colorado, but the Mountaineers managed a 25-18 victory. Fort Hays State wrapped up the afternoon with a 28-18 win over New Mexico Highlands.

Four Tigers won all three of their matches Saturday, including Anthony ScantlinA.J. CooperAryus Jones and Brandon Ball. Scantlin earned a team-high 13 team points, picking up one win via pin, one major decision and one decision. Cooper recorded 12 team points after one pin and two decisions, while Jones also added 12 points thanks to a dominant 15-0 tech fall, one major decision and one decision. Ball opened the day with a major decision before winning his next to contests via decision.

The Tigers quickly fell behind 12-0 against Colorado Mesa after a pair of pins before Ball got the Tigers on the board with an 11-0 major decision. Scantlin closed the gap to 12-10 with a first period pin before Mesa picked up two more pins. The Tigers clawed back within striking distance thanks to a pin from Marty Verhaeghe and a major decision win for Jones, but the Mavericks secured the win with a fifth pin at 197 pounds. Cooper wrapped up the morning session with a 4-0 decision.

Fort Hays State grabbed its first lead of the day three bouts in against Western Colorado thanks to a Mason Turner pin of Cody Fatzinger, the 11th-ranked DII wrestler at 133 pounds, and a narrow 3-2 decision for Ball at 141 pounds. Scantlin doubled the Tiger lead with a 5-1 decision before the hosts rattled off 13-straight points to take control. Jones broke up the momentum with a 10-3 win against No. 12 Ruger Wyneken at 184 pounds before Cooper wrapped things up with an 8-6 win.

New Mexico Highlands opened the final dual of the day with a slim decision before the Tigers took the lead for good. Dy'Juan Carney put the Tigers in front 6-3 after a second-period pin at 133 pounds. Ball picked up his third win of the day with a 4-2 decision before Scantlin powered his way to an 11-2 major decision, stretching the Tiger advantage to 13-3. The Cowboys closed within one after wins at 157 and 165 pounds, but Verhaeghe helped the Tigers regain control with a 9-0 major decision. Jones followed with a dominating 15-0 tech fall victory at 184 pounds, giving Fort Hays State a 22-12 lead. NMHU gave itself a chance to win after a first-period pin at 197 pounds, but Cooper secured the Tiger victory with a pin late in the second period of the final bout of the day.

The Tigers will return to the mat on Wednesday (Jan. 15) when they travel to Warrensburg, Mo. for the first conference dual of the season against Central Missouri. Action is set to begin at 7 p.m. inside the UCM Recreation Center.

Full FHSU results from the 30th annual Tracy Borah Duals can be found below.

#22 Colorado Mesa defeated Fort Hays State, 30-22

125 - Collin Metzgar (Colorado Mesa) over Colin Cole (Fort Hays State) Fall 1:05

133 - Bracken Lovell (Colorado Mesa) over Dy'Juan Carney (Fort Hays State) Fall 3:26

141 - Brandon Ball (Fort Hays State) over Kyle Kintz (Colorado Mesa) Maj 11-0

149 - Anthony Scantlin (Fort Hays State) over Erik Contreras (Colorado Mesa) Fall 2:14

157 - #3 Payton Tawater (Colorado Mesa) over Tristan Porsch (Fort Hays State) Fall 3:42

165 - Hayden Harris (Colorado Mesa) over Conrad Vajnar (Fort Hays State) Fall 1:22

174 - Marty Verhaeghe (Fort Hays State) over Seth Latham (Colorado Mesa) Fall 5:22

184 - Aryus Jones (Fort Hays State) over Nolan Krone (Colorado Mesa) Maj 13-4

197 - Aaron Trygstad (Colorado Mesa) over Tyler Boone (Fort Hays State) Fall 1:00

285 - A.J. Cooper (Fort Hays State) over Hunter Mooring (Colorado Mesa) Dec 4-0

Fort Hays State's team score was adjusted by -1.0 for unsportsmanlike conduct

#23 Western Colorado defeated Fort Hays State, 25-18

125 - #3 Patrick Allis (Western Colorado) over Colin Cole (Fort Hays State) Fall 1:14

133 - Mason Turner (Fort Hays State) over #11 Cody Fatzinger (Western Colorado) Fall 1:46

141 - Brandon Ball (Fort Hays State) over Jason Hanenberg (Western Colorado) Dec 3-2

149 - Anthony Scantlin (Fort Hays State) over Giovanni Cassioppi (Western Colorado) Dec 5-1

157 - Cole Mortenson (Western Colorado) over Tristan Porsch (Fort Hays State) Inj 2:58

165 - Michael Thelen (Western Colorado) over Conrad Vajnar (Fort Hays State) Maj 12-1

174 - #11 James Laconte (Western Colorado) over Marty Verhaeghe (Fort Hays State) Dec 6-1

184 - Aryus Jones (Fort Hays State) over #12 Ruger Wyneken (Western Colorado) Dec 10-3

197 - Espen Weber (Western Colorado) over Matt Hook (Fort Hays State) Fall 4:32

285 - A.J. Cooper (Fort Hays State) over Sammy Deseriere (Western Colorado) Dec 8-6

Fort Hays State defeated New Mexico Highlands, 28-18

125 - Marcus Santillanes (New Mexico Highlands) over Colin Cole (Fort Hays State) Dec 6-3

133 - Dy'Juan Carney (Fort Hays State) over Issac Garcia (New Mexico Highlands) Fall 4:04

141 - Brandon Ball (Fort Hays State) over Jonathon Trujillo (New Mexico Highlands) Dec 4-2

149 - Anthony Scantlin (Fort Hays State) over Logan Pine (New Mexico Highlands) Maj 11-2

157 - Allen Michel (New Mexico Highlands) over Josh Lenker (Fort Hays State) Fall 0:42

165 - Thomas Tolbert (New Mexico Highlands) over Conrad Vajnar (Fort Hays State) Dec 8-2

174 - Marty Verhaeghe (Fort Hays State) over Jacob Viera (New Mexico Highlands) Maj 9-0

184 - Aryus Jones (Fort Hays State) over Lance Kilgore (New Mexico Highlands) TF 15-0

197 - Denzell Morrow (New Mexico Highlands) over Matt Hook (Fort Hays State) Fall 0:50

285 - A.J. Cooper (Fort Hays State) over Julian Sanchez (New Mexico Highlands) Fall 4:42