Feb 12, 2020 2:33 AM

CCCC men's basketball downed by No. 6 Cowley

Posted Feb 12, 2020 2:33 AM

CONCORDIA – Hitting the century mark for the first time since the season opener, the Cloud County Community College men's basketball team would see 110 points prove not to be enough against a high-flying and fast paced number six nationally ranked Cowley College team as part of a 143-110 home loss inside of Arley Bryant Gymnasium on Monday.

Cloud County is now 8-18 overall and 2-15 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference while the Tigers improved to 24-3 overall and 16-1 in conference while clinching at least a share of the KJCCC East Division regular-season title.

It would be a game where one could blink and miss a handful of points as the score would be 5-4 after two minutes of action and 7-5 in favor of Cloud County following a Dyelan Reed three with 17:37 left in the first half. The T-Birds would then get a Chad Vincent-Simon layup to go up four, but quickly see the Tigers connect on back-to-back field goals to claim a 10-9 lead as part of a 16-0 run that would put the score at 21-9 with just over 14 minutes remaining in the half. The pace would continue to be pushed into overdrive by both teams as the first-half media timeout would come with 9:32 left in the first half with a score of 34-19 in favor of Cowley.

Cloud County would continue to pick and choose their spots to try and run out in space for easy layups, but the Tigers would jump out and push the pace every chance they got while also starting to find their range from beyond the arc to go up by 15 at 37-23. The T-Birds would get the score back within 11 at 46-35 with just under five minutes left in the first half as the pace would continue to feature 34 points down the stretch to allow Cowley to go up 65-50 at the half.

In the opening minutes of the second half, Cloud County would manage to keep the deficit where it started the half before seeing Cowley begin to impose their will both offensively and defensively which would allow the Tigers to extend their lead. The century mark would be hit by Cowley with 12:09 remaining as the T-Birds would be unable to find an answer on the defensive side of the ball with numerous possessions for the Tigers starting past half-court due to the full-court pressure defense being deployed. As the half continued, Cowley would continue to press the issue on both sides of the ball, finishing things off by scoring 78 points in the second half while allowing Cloud County to score 60 and put the final point total at 253 between the two teams.

A combined 88 free throws would be shot (50 by Cloud County) as both the T-Birds would shoot 48.6 percent (35-of-72) from the field and 72 percent (36-for-50) from the free throw line. Cowley would use a long-range attack by hitting 20-of-51 (39.2 percent) from beyond the arc and also add 42 points off of T-Bird turnovers. Both teams would score 28 fast break points as Cloud County would hold a 53-39 rebounding advantage.

11 players for the T-Birds found their way into the scoring column as Cloud County would be led by 28 points from Jay LewisIyen Enaruna would add 19 points and Akene Agee had 21 points off the bench. Cowley would get a game-high 38 points from Martaveon Jones and see four of their five starters reach double-figures.

What's next?

KJCCC East Division play continues for the T-Birds with a road trip to Allen Community College for an 8 p.m. game in Iola on Wednesday. The last time Cloud County and Allen met up, it would come down the final minute as the Red Devils would squeak out a 73-70 win over the T-Birds.

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Three former KWU players sign with Salina Liberty

Three former Kansas Wesleyan football standouts won’t have to travel far when they begin their professional careers. Defensive end Shad Bradford, quarterback Johnny Feauto and defensive back Rashaan Broomfield have signed contracts with the Salina Liberty of Champions Indoor Football.

The Liberty plays in the spring and summer with home game at Tony’s Pizza Events Center. They were CIF runners-up a year ago, finishing with a 9-5 record.

Bradford, Feauto and Broomfield will be among 35 athletes in the Liberty’s preseason camp that opens March 2. The roster will be trimmed to 25 before the season opener against Amarillo on March 21 at TPEC.

“This is not a publicity stunt,” Liberty General Manager Francis Flax said. “The intent is to win football games and generate fan interest. With that in mind, they have to prove themselves and make the team.

“They’ve been great for Kansas Wesleyan, the city of Salina and the entire state. What they accomplished is tremendous. They’re great football players.”

KWU Coach Myers Hendrickson is glad the group will remain close by.

“I’m really excited for those three to continue to play the great game of football and also do it in Salina,” he said. “They’re outstanding individuals, outstanding football players – I know we’ve got other players as well that are very excited about their future and opportunity to keep playing.

“But to have three right here in Salina that we can continue to watch – the Coyote football family, the campus community, the Salina community – is tremendous. Selfishly, myself, I’ll get to go be a fan and watch these guys play, which I’m really looking forward to.”

Feauto was named All-America by the Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association/NAIA following the 2019 season. He threw for 7,362 yards and 90 touchdowns, and rushed for 900 yards and nine TDs during his two seasons as the Coyotes compiled 25-2 record.

Feauto’s ability to make plays with his arm and feet will serve him well in the professional ranks, according to third-year Liberty Coach Heron O’Neal, who has a 19-9 record in two seasons.

“His mobility, how he can improvise, the numbers he put up, how he breaks down the defense, how dynamic he is … he’s the best player at that level,” O’Neal said. “When Coach (George) Martinez brought him in you could just see the confidence he exudes. It became a no-brainer of why he was able to lead those guys. He has the ‘it’ factor.”

O’Neal compares Feauto to former Texas A&M All-American Johnny Manziel.

“Same type of stature, a shorter kid who can throw from many different platforms,” he said. “He’ll stand in there and take the hit, but he’ll also get out of the pocket and is dynamic enough he can make things happen with his feet as well.”

Bradford was the top vote getter in the NAIA for the Cliff Harris Award two years in a row. The award recognizes the top defensive players at the small college level.

Bradford also a two-time AP and AFCA/NAIA All-American after leading the NAIA with 43 combined sacks in 2018 and ’19. He also had a combined 63 tackles for loss totaling 347 yards.

“You look at his film and he has supreme quickness on the edge and a burst that’s second to none,” O’Neal said. “He can counter his size (5-10, 223 pounds) with how strong he is and can leverage a bigger 6-4 kid. They have to come down to his level and when they come down to his level they’re not strong enough to deal with everything that he brings to the table.”

O’Neal said Bradford does more than sack quarterbacks.

“He had 20 tackles for losses each year and lets you know he also does it in the run game,” he said.

O’Neal said Bradford will play end and some linebacker.

“We’ll start him off at end and let him get some linebacker reps, too. I think he has the capability of doing both,” he said.

Broomfield was an honorable mention All-Kansas Conference choice this fall. He had 69 tackles and five interceptions during his two seasons with the Coyotes. He returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown against Friends in 2018.

“He can play corner(back) and safety,” O’Neal said. “A lot of guys can only one or the other. In indoor football you’ve got to have that versatility to have a chance to be successful, especially in the defense that I run.

“You have to have that skill set of quick in space as well as that long range speed that he has and the ball skills he has. He’s a playmaker back there.”

O’Neal credits Martinez for securing Bradford, Feauto and Broomfield’s services.

“You never dream of having something like that in your own back yard,” said Martinez, who watched the trio play for two seasons. “I was impressed with their work ethic, their coachability and their eagerness to learn each and every day.”

The Liberty lost to Duke City 35-29 in the CIF championship game last season.